music: Look Now, a great Elvis Costello album

Slate’s Carl Wilson said it well “Elvis Costello’s New Album Is His Best This Century”

Yes it is. Look Now has the horns and backing vocals of Punch the Clock, more Bacharach collaborations like Painted from Memory, varied production that echoes (faintly) Imperial Bedroom. Those are great albums, so approaching their heights is excellence.

After the fed-up nihilism of 2008’s Momofuku (definitely missing a ‘c’) in a music biz where a popular album sells 15,000 copies and is guaranteed not to make back its production costs unless you recorded it in your bedroom, fans assumed we’d forever have to settle for hit ‘n’ run collaborations from Elvis. This is a bloody miracle!

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