Half Notes: Elvis Costello – North (2003)

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by Tom Johnson

Elvis Costello makes yet another shift in his career, this time to take on the persona of a jazz crooner backed by an orchestra arranged and conducted by his own bad self. Does it work? Depends on your view of Elvis: If, in your world, he’s the punk-influenced rocker from 1977, probably not. Those who enjoy Elvis’ more introspective work, especially his project with Burt Bacharach: Painted From Memory (minus the over-the-top melodramatic florishes), will probably find much to love in this introspective collection of ballads.

Half Notes is a quick-take music feature on Something Else! Reviews, presented whenever the mood strikes us.

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