Elvis Costello & The Imposters Look Now 180g LP
TAS Rated 4/5 Music, 4/5 Sonics in the February 2019 Issue of The Absolute Sound!
180g Vinyl LP Features Collaborations With Burt
Bacharach & Carole King!
Once again, Elvis Costello releases an album with The Imposters. Their last
album together, Momofuku, was released in 2008. This album contains 12 tracks
and features collaborations with Burt Bacharach and Carole King. "I knew if
we could make an album with the scope of Imperial Bedroom and some of the beauty
and emotion of Painted From Memory, we would really have something,"
The album contains the songs "Under Lime" and "Unwanted Number".
"As a collection of tunes, Look Now is a triumph for Costello, a showcase
for how he can enliven a mastery of form with a dramatist's eye. But as an
album, Look Now is a success because of the Imposters. Unlike Imperial Bedroom
or Painted By Memory, the focus isn't studio trickery or strings but rather the
lean muscle of a band who has spent decades following their leader's every whim.
They are a sharp, supple outfit that can swing and sigh, sometimes within the
same number, as when they effortlessly pivot between bossa nova verses and a
radiant chorus during 'Why Won't Heaven Help Me?' This subtle sophistication and
palpable flair make Look Now more than a mere set of songs—it's a record worth
getting lost within." - Pitchfork
"The production - often bass heavy, and sometimes driven by pounding beats, fleeting piano riffs, and overdriven tremolo guitar - is reminiscent of 1982's masterwork Imperial Bedroom. Costello also has reunited with tunesmith Burt Bacharach on three piano ballads that are among the album's standouts. The acerbic "Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter", co-written with Carole King, features horns and woodwinds. Appropriately, he includes his "Unwanted Number" from the soundtrack to 1996's Grace of My Heart, a film inspired by King's experiences at the hit factory the Brill Building. "I Let the sun Go down" is an elegy for the British Empire, but the ever-defiant Costello shows no sign of surrender." - Greg Cahill, The Absolute Sound, February 2019
• 180g Vinyl LP
• Limited time digital download card
1. Under Lime
2. Don't Look Now
3. Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter
4. Stripping Paper
5. Unwanted Number
6. I Let The Sun Go Down
1. Mr. And Mrs. Hush
2. Photographs Can Lie
3. Dishonor The Stars
4. Suspect My Tears
5. Why Won't Heaven Help Me?
6. He's Given Me Things