Sunday, January 10, 2010

Elvis Costello

New Wave, Rock, Jazz, Pop, Country, Blues, Opera.
Musicians don't often genre-hop with the best results. Many are scoffed at for even making the attempt. Elvis Costello, however, does it with ease; and makes no apologies for it.
The man born Declan Patrick MacManus is a charismatic adventurer. He is unafraid of exploring different sounds, and works by the classic mentality that an artist should release an album every year or two, as was popular with jazz musicians when he was growing up in the 50s and 60s.
Costello would give any contemporary lyricist a run for his money, crafting songs that conjure up vivid images for listeners. The songs include topics most can relate to: betrayal, ("Poor Napoleon") pop culture overexposure, ("American Gangster Time") fakes, ("Tear Off Your Own Head: It's a Doll Revolution") and love, ("Let Me Tell You About Her") among other things.
With a career that spans more than three decades, 35 studio albums, and various collaborations, it is always exciting to see what Costello will do next.
What is your favorite Elvis Costello album?

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