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by Poor Deportee
Wed Jun 10, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New song "No Flag" released June 5, 2020
Replies: 47
Views: 7108

Re: New song "No Flag" released June 5, 2020

I love the 'beamed in from another planet' weird spooky sound at the start and I LOVE the jangly, crazy maniac riff. It reminds me a bit of 'Master and Servant' by Depeche Mode. The vocal is too ranty for me and I don't like the production of the voice. I've never been a big fan of these kinds of E...
by Poor Deportee
Wed Jun 10, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: which of these two long players is MORE of a clunker?
Replies: 40
Views: 4275

Re: which of these two long players is MORE of a clunker?

Hmmm...I assume my mischievous reference to WIWC as a "clunker" in the other thread triggered this post. As others have noted, it's not clear why we should specifically contrast WIWC with RIR. Neither is vintage EC, however, that's for sure. RIR is good for what it is, a side-project in re...
by Poor Deportee
Mon Jun 08, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New song "No Flag" released June 5, 2020
Replies: 47
Views: 7108

Re: New song "No Flag" released June 5, 2020

bronxapostle wrote:WIWC a clunker??? Come now! a great record returning to rock after six years away.


:lol: :lol:

I stand by what I said! By EC's standards, WIWC is a clunker. It reminds me of what John Lennon said about 'Mind Games' - the 'work of a semi-sick craftsman.'

Anyhow, carry on!
by Poor Deportee
Sun Jun 07, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New song "No Flag" released June 5, 2020
Replies: 47
Views: 7108

Re: New song "No Flag" released June 5, 2020

It definitely reminds me of Tom Waits’ “Real Gone” album. Maybe a specific reference by Elvis to “Hoist that Rag”. Yep, or else the vocal beat-boxing in the background is a direct steal from 'Big in Japan.' Good catch either way! It's a sharp song, I love the organ and guitar parts. These, coupled ...
by Poor Deportee
Sun Jun 07, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: New song "No Flag" released June 5, 2020
Replies: 47
Views: 7108

Re: New song "No Flag" released June 5, 2020

It definitely reminds me of Tom Waits’ “Real Gone” album. Maybe a specific reference by Elvis to “Hoist that Rag”. Yep, or else the vocal beat-boxing in the background is a direct steal from 'Big in Japan.' Good catch either way! It's a sharp song, I love the organ and guitar parts. These, coupled ...
by Poor Deportee
Sun May 19, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis Costello & The Imposters: Purse EP (Record Store Day)
Replies: 69
Views: 32256

Re: Elvis Costello & The Imposters: Purse EP (Record Store Day)

I just want to say that the Imposters sound utterly sublime on 'The Lovers that Never Were' in particular. You hear this and you kind of have to wonder why he doesn't do more recording with this group; they've got a depth and maturity now that deserves more than a once-per-decade cut. The other thin...
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: 12262

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: 12262

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 , October 2018
Replies: 476
Views: 781175

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: 9294

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: 4715

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: 9294

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: 4715

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: 12262

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: 9294

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: 4715

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: 18281

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: 9294

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: 18281

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: 9294

'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 , October 2018
Replies: 476
Views: 781175

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 , October 2018
Replies: 476
Views: 781175

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 , October 2018
Replies: 476
Views: 781175

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 , October 2018
Replies: 476
Views: 781175

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: 11
Views: 6844

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...

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