Saturday, June 25, 2011
A Record a Week: Elvis Costello(The Costello Show) - King of America
OUR LITTLE ANGEL
DON'T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD
I'LL WEAR IT PROUDLY
AMERICAN WITHOUT TEARS
THE BIG LIGHT
JACK OF ALL PARADES
SUIT OF LIGHTS
SLEEP OF THE JUST
Before I jump back into the Elvis Costello pool, today is my wife's birthday, so happy birthday to her! My guess would be she couldn't care less about Elvis Costello or any selections from his discography. Luckily, he didn't have any part in her present.
This album was the only one released under the group name The Costello Show, though I don't think it matters what the group name is as long as Costello is in charge.
The sound on this album has the style of rock music that seems to stand up to time. No screechy singing, no stoner rock, no space rock, no extended guitar solos. It may not be flashy, but it is very solid. The most commercially successful song on this album is the catchy remake of The Animals song 'Don't Let me be Misunderstood'. However, it's not as if the rest of the album is in any way disappointing. There are the typical ballad-type songs on there to go along with the standard Costello rock.
Although he has swung his style a bit over the years, Elvis Costello has kept a standard Jazzy Rock style as a base and it has made for a long, wonderful career.