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by Poor Deportee
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: "Stripping Paper"- an archeology of Eros
Replies: 19
Views: 1454

Re: "Stripping Paper"- an archeology of Eros

It's not just the harshness - like I say above, it's also the laboured, strained quality of the delivery and the general lack of nimbleness and even subtlety in many of his performances, Sinatra was a master of delivery and it's this that sets him several notches above an EC, not only his voice. Les...
by Poor Deportee
Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: "Stripping Paper"- an archeology of Eros
Replies: 19
Views: 1454

Re: "Stripping Paper"- an archeology of Eros

Pitching in belatedly here to agree that EC works very well in the lower registers and that the recent dabblings in falsetto are also very welcome. My view of his singing is that it's at it's best when he's not pushing it. "Almost Blue" is as good a vocal as any in his catalogue precisely ...
by Poor Deportee
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Look Now: new album announced!
Replies: 399
Views: 38607

Re: Look Now: new album announced!

I agree, that is probably one of the best EC interviews I've read. It contains so much insight into his thinking and - most importantly - into the music, and how he perceives it. Best of all is that he clearly seems interested in recording more music. The fact that he made such a splendid record see...
by Poor Deportee
Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: 'He's Given Me Things'
Replies: 19
Views: 1415

Re: 'He's Given Me Things'

It occured to me listening again tonight while walking my basset hound that her spurned lover might not be just a starving artist, but an artist who is painting either her portrait or a portrait of her and her new beau. Hence the command to 'cover the canvass...and never come back.' If this is right...
by Poor Deportee
Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Dishonor the Stars?
Replies: 7
Views: 729

Re: Dishonor the Stars?

Well, you got your answer from the man himself! That's something! I had not realized that tweet followed my post in fairly short order. The astonishing and unlikely thought that he might be reading these posts (including my poor critiques!!) is downright mortifying : :o But I did ask for insights f...
by Poor Deportee
Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: 'He's Given Me Things'
Replies: 19
Views: 1415

Re: 'He's Given Me Things'

A music student I ain't! However, consider this: https://petercrosbie.net/2016/08/24/why-a-middle-8-isnt-a-bridge/ That said, EC clearly uses the term 'bridge' for middle-eight on 'Flutter and Wow' (yelling 'to the bridge!' apparently spontaneously). I've concluded that what put me off about this pa...
by Poor Deportee
Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Dishonor the Stars?
Replies: 7
Views: 729

Re: Dishonor the Stars?

https://twitter.com/ElvisCostello/status/1056565157650948097 "Poets long have written or have sung" of that wishful eternity of love or the finite length of desire; until “the end of time” or “The Twelfth Of Never”. “Dishonor The Stars” is a song such as these. #LookNow #DishonorTheStars ...
by Poor Deportee
Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: "Stripping Paper"- an archeology of Eros
Replies: 19
Views: 1454

Re: "Stripping Paper"- an archeology of Eros

Splendid post, Jack. I whole-heartedly agree - this is quite simply a superb song from a master in peak form. Moving, complex, and multi-layered. The simplicity of the metaphor, while risky, is exquisitely handled. I find it very moving to realize that the love-making depicted in the song's first ha...
by Poor Deportee
Sat Oct 27, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: 'He's Given Me Things'
Replies: 19
Views: 1415

Re: 'He's Given Me Things'

Insightful in an engaged manner equal to the lyric and melody you nimbly pin to the page. I expected no less. EC should have legions of such listeners. Ha! Why, thank you, Jack. High praise indeed from one of the most insightful and engaged EC listeners around! :wink: FAVEHOUR, you may well be righ...
by Poor Deportee
Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Dishonor the Stars?
Replies: 7
Views: 729

Dishonor the Stars?

I quite like this song except for the refrain, which strikes me as melodically clunky and lyrically precious. How can the sky dishonour or disown the stars? What does that even mean? Help me out. As it stands, the song lands with a thud precisely because the refrain kills it. But I'd welcome the ins...
by Poor Deportee
Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: 'Under Lime'
Replies: 40
Views: 3536

Re: 'Under Lime'

Did you notice the drawing in the liner notes of 'Jimmie transfigured' - into EC? :lol: This seems to a sardonic reference to Bob Dylan's preposterous claim to Rolling Stone that he was the 'transfiguration' of an old Hell's Angel called Bobby Zimmerman. It may also be a tacit admission that EC has...
by Poor Deportee
Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: 'He's Given Me Things'
Replies: 19
Views: 1415

Re: 'He's Given Me Things'

Insightful in an engaged manner equal to the lyric and melody you nimbly pin to the page. I expected no less. EC should have legions of such listeners. Ha! Why, thank you, Jack. High praise indeed from one of the most insightful and engaged EC listeners around! :wink: FAVEHOUR, you may well be righ...
by Poor Deportee
Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: 'Under Lime'
Replies: 40
Views: 3536

Re: 'Under Lime'

Did you notice the drawing in the liner notes of 'Jimmie transfigured' - into EC? :lol: This seems to a sardonic reference to Bob Dylan's preposterous claim to Rolling Stone that he was the 'transfiguration' of an old Hell's Angel called Bobby Zimmerman. It may also be a tacit admission that EC has ...
by Poor Deportee
Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: 'He's Given Me Things'
Replies: 19
Views: 1415

'He's Given Me Things'

This song seems to be generating resistance, and I understand that - I felt it myself. Its problems are twofold, to my ear. One is the middle-eight, the 'customer's wives' part that follows 'what I give to him.' Like too many of EC's middle-eights (Burnt Sugar has the same problem) it sounds melodic...
by Poor Deportee
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Look Now: new album announced!
Replies: 399
Views: 38607

Re: Look Now: new album announced!

This has surely been noted before - and if so, I apologize - but 'Burnt Sugar' feels like a lyrical sequel to 'Long Honeymoon.' Could be the same character cast. The songs in this collection I'm not hearing are Dishonour the Stars, He's Given me Things, and Hush. I really believe the former is just ...
by Poor Deportee
Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Look Now: new album announced!
Replies: 399
Views: 38607

Re: Look Now: new album announced!

If you ask me (and no one did) EC has quietly assembled a formidable body of late-career work. NR, WUG, and this record all rank with the best stuff he's ever done, and can stand with any trio of records from any phase of his career. These, as I see it, are the real fruits of his meandering late '90...
by Poor Deportee
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Look Now: new album announced!
Replies: 399
Views: 38607

Re: Look Now: new album announced!

Oh my God, once you twig to the Cameron reference, it is impossible to go back. Just the perfect final touch to a career-highlight song. Neil, I'm tolerably bilingual - another Canadian - and don't like the rolled Rs either; but then again I don't think he is really pretending to be anything other t...
by Poor Deportee
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Look Now: new album announced!
Replies: 399
Views: 38607

Re: Look Now: new album announced!

This is indeed a mature, sophisticated, gorgeous pop album. And that suits me just fine. I've always seen Elvis as a pop artist more than a visceral rock and roller, which he really only was on TYM. It's a gorgeous album sonically. The production, the musicianship, the lush backing vocals - it's all...
by Poor Deportee
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New Elvis Costello interview re: McCartney collaboration
Replies: 10
Views: 1395

Re: New Elvis Costello interview re: McCartney collaboration

Oh, Elvis is certainly adventurous - only a loon would deny that. What I'm saying is that he mostly ignores contemporary sonic pallettes and options, in stark contrast to the EC who materialized with the Attractions and had a cutting-edge sound for a while. At some point in the early '90s he seems t...
by Poor Deportee
Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New Elvis Costello interview re: McCartney collaboration
Replies: 10
Views: 1395

Re: New Elvis Costello interview re: McCartney collaboration

He is surely right about Lennon using auto-tune - apparently Lennon was always demanding that George Martin 'smother his voice with ketchup.' I revile the abuse of auto-tune. But there's no reason it can't be used to achieve a specific effect (as Macca seems to have done), or tastefully - as Bob Roc...
by Poor Deportee
Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis Costello cancels tour after surgery to remove 'aggressive' tumour
Replies: 39
Views: 5542

Re: Elvis Costello cancels tour after surgery to remove 'aggressive' tumour

The tone of EC's release is that the surgery is done and he just needs more recovery time. I'm not a medical doctor, nor do I play one on TV. But my wife has a very non-aggressive breast tumour. It has been removed by surgery. Still she requires months of chemo treatment, and this will be followed b...
by Poor Deportee
Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New Elvis song in "Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool", on Oscar longlist
Replies: 131
Views: 33678

Re: New Elvis song in "Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool"

I think EC's "third act" as a recording artist was the Universal Years plus his 2 LPs for Hear Music, ending with NR. I think we are in the Epilogue now. Unless something changes, we are in the part where he only makes records when someone else makes it happen, but never because he himsel...
by Poor Deportee
Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Reissue catalogue in a mess?
Replies: 31
Views: 7830

Re: Reissue catalogue in a mess?

Elvis's apparently petulant refusal to release new music in the wake of 'National Ransom' has, in my opinion, contributed to his failure to ascend to the status that Bob Dylan managed to secure - that of being cool and interesting to new audiences late in his career. Elvis is an elder statesman of s...
by Poor Deportee
Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis song taught at 'O'-level?
Replies: 19
Views: 4797

Re: Elvis song taught at 'O'-level?

Elvis preceded this song in his solo shows in 1984 by saying this song was nonsense. I think by hearing him play it slowly I actually realised what the words were although I had no idea what the song meant. Turned out Elvis didn't either :lol: Just goes to show - coherence is one thing, sheer enter...
by Poor Deportee
Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New Elvis song in "Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool", on Oscar longlist
Replies: 131
Views: 33678

Re: New Elvis song in "Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool"

Elvis has many options. He could just record some demos and release them to the internet, or sell them as singles on iTunes. This would mitigate any concerns over losing money on cutting records. He could, as you suggest, record some new stuff in a live setting and release it to the world. He could ...

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