Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by johnfoyle, May 24, 2010.
Nice! I wonder what kind of record it'll be (Imposters, Americana, some other genre). And again, I still haven't bought his last one so I'm still a bit behind on him.
I just wish he'd do a pop-flavored rock album just once more. I've followed every step he's made, and bought pretty much everything on day of release. I've become more cautious over his last few, though. And I didn't get excited reading this post heading like I used to.
That's good news, thanks for posting it. Momofuku has given me much pleasure. Mixed emotions about Secret and Profane. I like the new song - nice arrangement and excellent performance. Sounds good.
EC was been on a roll lately...I will buy this release!
Well, I'm definitely curious, although I no longer own anything he did after When I Was Cruel. He lost me a few albums back. Maybe this time, he'll win me over again.
Interesting that you think that Elvis has been on a roll, which is truly fine if you really believe it, but, a week or so ago I was in a local store with about three lifetime Costello fanatics and we were talking about that recent "Sugarcane" album and they all agreed, as did I, that that album is a piece of crap and is easily one of his worst albums EVER. I'm really hoping that Elvis has a MUCH better album for us this time around? I personally wouldn't mind another dose of "King Of America" like material.
He lost me after Brutal Youth but Momofuku is one of my favorite Costello albums ever. Easily in my top 5. A couple of the songs are probably a little too much like other songs from his past but its a wonderful throwback to his classic period. Reminds me a lot of Blood and Chocolate.
I've also been dissapointed in the last few records, with some single song exceptions. To me the dropoff began at Delivery Man. I feel like he is going by rote and some kind of inspiration is lacking. And this is from a guy that has found some value in almost everything he's done.
I liked When I Cruel. It was one of my favorites from his recent output.
If this is the album that T-Bone Burnett produced with him about two months ago it will be Americana-ish, but presumably a little different from the last one (Secret, Profane and Sugarcane).
I like both that album and Momofuku, so I look forward to his new one. He is one of the best songwriters of all time.
What did one of the ads for "Get Happy!!" say? Oh yes, "Writing songs faster than some people can listen". That sounds about right. Still true after all these years.
Thanks to John Foyle for the heads up!
Any love for that new EC song as part of the link in the OP's post?
Probably the last of Costello's recent releases I'd put up there with some of his best. "Alibi" alone ranks it up there.
Interesting that just recently Elvis was saying he might not make any more records, which I didn't believe for a second.
Wonder what "style" this one'll be ...
Cool. I wish this were coming out tomorrow and I wish I hadn't missed that Prairie Home Companion episode with EC playing four songs.
Ah. It's archived at the Prairie Home Companion site. February 6 show.
The split in opinion among Elvis Costello fans about his recent releases (the last decade or so) is really fascinating.
I consider myself part of the side that thinks Elvis continues on a roll that started way back in the 70s and only has had a few bumps along the way (Goodbye Cruel World, for example). But even the bumps along the way diminish in significance with each passing year, as he releases something new and worthwhile on a regular basis to add to his impressive body of work.
I agree that Momofuku is one of his finest albums. I'd hesitate to put it into my personal top five, but that's only because he's released so many great albums over the last 33 years. Top 10, probably, though.
What I really don't understand is how a long-time Elvis Costello fan could listen to Momofuku songs such as "American Gangster Time," "Stella Hurt," "Flutter & Wow," "Go Away," or "No Hiding Place," and not be impressed and excited.
I guess the only "knock" I'd agree with for Momofuku is that it sounds at times a bit too reminiscent of Spike, Imperial Bedroom, Mighty Like A Rose, Blood and Chocolate, and King of America.
But it's a bit of a catch 22, isn't it? Costello ventures too far into new or less-familiar territory (e.g., Secret, Profane, and Sugarcane, which took me several listens to get, but now I really enjoy it) and fans complain that he's lost his way or turned his back on rock and roll, but if he revisits old sounds and themes from previous work (e.g., the groovy keyboards on "American Gangster Time" that sound reminiscent of Trust or Get Happy!!!, or the backing vocals on "Turpentine" that sound like something off Blood and Chocolate) then fans complain that he's run out of ideas and he's recycling past glories.
I hope he continues in the same style as the last one, which is one of his best albums ever. I think he has been on quite a roll recently, except for Momufoku, which was ok, but it sounded just a little too much like his classic material for me. I really like his Americana-type albums so Secret, etc... was a great album.
I like Momofuku but he seems to retreat to that type of sound or album every few releases or so. It just seems to be a comfort zone for him. He clearly loves Americana and for an English dude, he pulls it off. All indications about American Ransom have him playing with the Sugarcanes, Imposters and some guests and he recorded the album in about 2 weeks. He's been playing some of the material from it on his most recent tour and the songs are very good. There's never too much Elvis for me, he could release an album 2 or 3 times a year.
After King Of America I began to loose interest in EC. I still listen to Elvis and buy any new cds but with each passing year my interest in him wanes.
I hope you're right!
Yeah. I hated the reviews of "When I Was Cruel," which made it out to be "This Year's Model Part II." I thought the album was a lot more complicated than that and didn't deserve such a glib description. It definitely looked to the past a bit, but it also sounded different than any of his other albums. Costello has rarely repeated himself in the studio.
Having said all that...I don't know what it is but I've really lost a lot of interest in someone I once considered my #1 figure in music. I think the endless reissues have put a bitter taste in my mouth which has sullied my overall interest in Costello, and the scant couple of tracks I've heard from the last few albums haven't thrilled me.
I thought "Cruel" and "The Delivery Man" were both excellent records, but I feel like he's kind of overreaching now, trying too hard to be a Renaissance Man. Some folks started to feel that way about him in the late '80s/early '90s, but I guess I'm just getting to that point right now. ("North" in particular was a major sign of trouble ahead.) Maybe it's an age thing...
I don't think I've ever been disappointed in an Elvis Costello album. I welcome his jumps in style and find a strong consistency though all his work. Yes some albums seem stronger than others but a lot of that is personal taste and may well vary over time. I think that Costello - along with Richard Thompson, Tom Waits, and probably Bob Dylan - is one of the few artists with a long career who continues to attempt new things and does quite well at it. If only for that, he - and they - should be listened to.
From a recent Costello interview -
“A new recording will be released later this year,” he reveals. “The title was leaked, but oddly enough it was incorrect, so I think I’ll allow that to be a surprise,” he smiles.
Of course I'll get the new album, but I really didn't care for the last one much. Loved MOMOFUKU. I'm not a T-Bone Burnett kinda guy, I'm learning.
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