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by Poor Deportee
Tue Jul 25, 2006 12:15 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: What was Elvis' last truly Great (studio) album?
Replies: 29
Views: 6018

If any of the records listed has a crack at greatness, it's The Delivery Man, in my opinion. Unlike some hereabouts, I love its bass-heavy sound (and whaddaya mean, the new guy sucks? Dig the bass on 'Button My Lip'). EC is in great voice, the songwriting is very strong. But the album is flawed by t...
by Poor Deportee
Sat Jul 22, 2006 4:52 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: River in Reverse discussion
Replies: 439
Views: 74132

Hmmm. Well, I'm NOT American. I'm Canadian. And I think that when Americans do things in (or to) the rest of the world - e.g., invading Iraq in violation of international law - that is of course everyone's business and fair game for attack. After all, it affects us all. I just find it impertinent to...
by Poor Deportee
Sat Jul 22, 2006 9:26 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: River in Reverse discussion
Replies: 439
Views: 74132

I've been thinking about this for a while... The politics of 'River in Reverse' bother me. Now don't get me wrong, of course I agree that the US government behaved horrendously, as did the some of the media; I agree that the ineffectual response was the logical outcome of decades of gutting the Amer...
by Poor Deportee
Sat Jul 22, 2006 8:58 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Commerciality of Elvis
Replies: 10
Views: 2220

"Monkey to Man" was a truly infectious pop tune that should have been a hit. It had a hilarious video to boot. That it wasn't a hit proves to me that EC simply does not register on the consciousness of music programmers for radio or TV. And that's the real key, surely. As much as EC waxes ...
by Poor Deportee
Fri Jul 21, 2006 11:57 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: What was Elvis' last truly Great (studio) album?
Replies: 29
Views: 6018

What was Elvis' last truly Great (studio) album?

Great as in, one for the ages - as most people see his first three.
by Poor Deportee
Wed May 17, 2006 11:41 am
Forum: The Annex
Topic: Ron Sexsmith
Replies: 202
Views: 40463

Help me out here, guys. I loved Ron's first three records, and enjoyed the Steve Earle one, but did NOT care for 'Cobblestone Runway' even after repeated listenings. Partly it was the intrusive (and in my view, frequently stupid) production ethic; but also the songs showed a marked turn towards lyri...
by Poor Deportee
Tue May 09, 2006 11:27 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: My Flame Burns Blue - vinyl debut on BLUE VINYL , June 2016
Replies: 236
Views: 64103

Well, I can see both sides on this one - mostly because only about half of the album is really grabbing me. 'Clubland' is execrable, maybe the worst thing EC has committed to disc in recent years: a great example of him actually being guilty of what hostile critics charge him with, namely losing the...
by Poor Deportee
Sun Apr 09, 2006 8:43 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis Costello's Armed Forces (33 1/3) - Franklin Bruno
Replies: 28
Views: 21478

Well, it's not that I'm looking for EC to 'recapture the [perverse] magic' etc.. I think that persona is pretty much done - whenever he revisits it, as with, say, 'Alibi,' the attempt tends to fall short of the complexity of what he was doing back in the day and inches toward flat self-satire. More ...
by Poor Deportee
Sun Apr 09, 2006 1:47 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis Costello's Armed Forces (33 1/3) - Franklin Bruno
Replies: 28
Views: 21478

How come there hasn't been any engagement with the SUBSTANCE of this book on this site (at least not as far as I can tell)? What Bruno's anaylsis crystallized for me was the degree to which the early, molten-hot phase of EC's career was dominated by a singular point of view - a combination of loathi...
by Poor Deportee
Thu Mar 23, 2006 1:23 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Listening to the Flip City Demos...
Replies: 14
Views: 3201

I can't pretend to answer that, but it wouldn't be the first time that a stage persona got out of hand, to the point of consuming the performer's life - nor the first time that an ambitious young talent reacts badly to sudden fame and (relative) fortune, coupled with massive expectations. It's certa...
by Poor Deportee
Wed Mar 22, 2006 1:29 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Stylus Magazine -On Second Thought 'a fresh look ' at Elvis
Replies: 1
Views: 728

They're WAY too hard on the flawed, difficult, but ultimately rewarding Mightly Like A Rose - especially Hurry Down Doomsday. Sheesh. Indeed, these guys are representative of the view that says that Elvis Costello is only good with the Attractions, and that his entire post-Attractions carrer is a bu...
by Poor Deportee
Sat Mar 18, 2006 11:18 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: The Big Wheel, new edition.
Replies: 28
Views: 9077

The interesting thing about that preface is its sadly wistful tone - he seems genuinely to miss his old roomate, or at least their old friendship. Which is a very human way to feel...one gets the sense, meanwhile, that EC has simply moved on. I have no interest in the book, but this was intriguing.
by Poor Deportee
Tue Mar 14, 2006 12:49 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis' less appreciated gems: a new series
Replies: 78
Views: 15626

Does Big Sister's Clothes count as 'underappreciated?' I love the sound, the poignant chorus, the whole thing.
by Poor Deportee
Fri Mar 10, 2006 2:33 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis' less appreciated gems: a new series
Replies: 78
Views: 15626

Upon buying the album and listening to it with anticipation as I do with all Elvis' albums, I found it over-produced. Up until then I'd not really come to grips with the changing Elvis. It had always been Elvis (solo) or with The Attractions. I hadn't really come to grips with how much things had c...
by Poor Deportee
Sat Mar 04, 2006 3:48 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: 22 January 2006 mp3 - Shot With His Own Gun
Replies: 7
Views: 1493

I dunno...I think of 'Trust' as one of Elvis's (ahem) trustiest albums - so much more mature and complex than the Big Bang of his first three albums, but still filled with catchy hooks and dazzling lyrics. The first side doesn't have a weak cut on it, it seems to me; people lambaste 'Luxemburg' but ...
by Poor Deportee
Tue Feb 28, 2006 12:12 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Stalking Pete Thomas
Replies: 9
Views: 1623

Hang on...you mean he has to PAY for Elvis Costello CDs???? :lol:

I knew EC was cheap but THAT'S ridiculous.
by Poor Deportee
Thu Feb 23, 2006 11:43 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Rolling Stone review of North
Replies: 5
Views: 1653

RS routinely gives Gillian Welch 2 stars. Meanwhile acts like Madonna routinely get 4.

'Nuff said. Whatever they say about EC, who cares? You might as well listen to a donkey breaking wind.
by Poor Deportee
Sun Feb 19, 2006 7:55 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Rank The Delivery Man
Replies: 34
Views: 5637

Ranks with some of EC's best stuff, and stands as a key moment of recovery after the semi-debacle of WIWC. But why is everyone being so hard on 'The Name of This Thing?' That's great baroque pop. 1. Either Side of the Same Town. Timeless. And what a vocal. 2. The Delivery Man. Terrific song; not the...
by Poor Deportee
Sat Jan 28, 2006 4:23 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Rank North
Replies: 18
Views: 3403

1. Fallen 2. Still 3. Let Me Tell You About Her 4. I'm in the Mood Again 5. You Turned To Me 6. When Did I Stop Dreaming? 7. Can You Be True? 8. Someone Took the Words Away 9. When It Sings 10. When Green Eyes Turn Blue 11. You Left Me In the Dark 'Fallen' is a work of beauty - like 'Autumn Leaves' ...
by Poor Deportee
Sat Jan 28, 2006 2:28 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Comic-book Elvis
Replies: 24
Views: 4468

Kudos to that Blogger, who did ace work. I've had vague memories of that 'Purple Man' episode for a long time, from my comic-book reading days as a 12-year old. But I'd always recalled the tune as 'Alison.' But tell me...does Spidey get to the 'one more widow one less white [N-WORD]' part in his rec...
by Poor Deportee
Mon Jan 23, 2006 12:49 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: The Juliet Letters, and especially The Letter Home
Replies: 14
Views: 2120

That's the record that (especially coming on the heels of MLAR) got critics accusing Elvis of being 'pious' and 'pretentious.' Man, so much damage has been done by those bloated 70s rock bands with their string orchestras and humourless concept albums - a remarkable record like 'The Juliet Letters' ...
by Poor Deportee
Tue Jan 17, 2006 11:34 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: EC writes foreword for Geoff Emerick book
Replies: 25
Views: 6678

Well, the SOUND of 'Let It Be - Naked' was terrific. The same applies to several of the tracks released on the 'Anthology' series (e.g., check out the demo for 'Good Morning'). A thorough remastering of their catalogue - the greatest catalogue in pop music - for CD is surely in order. Considering th...
by Poor Deportee
Fri Jan 13, 2006 1:19 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Rank When I Was Cruel
Replies: 41
Views: 6041

14. Daddy can I Turn This. Why does this song exist? Just pointless, boring hysteria over abstract, meaningless lyrics. Ugh. 15. Dust II. One Dust is enough. The second one is like an anchor in the middle of the rubber dingy that is WIWC. Yeah, but "Dust II..." is the first one! Exactly the confusi...
by Poor Deportee
Fri Jan 13, 2006 12:44 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Rank When I Was Cruel
Replies: 41
Views: 6041

Interesting. I think that's a weak record, myself...one of his worst. I agree that 'WIWC No. 1' would be one of its best songs and should have remained on the album (does anyone know the thinking behind its omission---?) 1. When I Was Cruel No.2. I agree this is a masterpiece, with its parade of ful...
by Poor Deportee
Thu Jan 12, 2006 12:49 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis's worst pun
Replies: 31
Views: 5974

If I'm gonna go down/ You're gonna come with me is another rather crass one, though not nearly as intolerable as punning on the Final Solution. Ya know, I never spotted the 'brakes/clutches' pun in New Amsterdam (one of my faves). Man! That is B-A-D. :lol: Always loved the wordplay, though, and it's...

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