I have listened to Costello's music for what seems like for ever and have enjoyed the varied styles of music that he has recorded. His different interests in a variety of music have been like a journey - a musical education for his fans. I have enjoyed them all, save for 'For the Stars', although even that had some intersting stuff on it. Despite enjoying all the diverse style's of music then, it's his rock/pop records that hold my real attention. Therefore when I heard Momofuku for the first time, I was chuffed to say the least.
Momofuku has great songs, great lyrics, a great band and a great sound. On first listening it reminded me of Blood and Chocolate, but on repeated listenings as the songs come into there own I have realised that it is a very different record to that one and is quite a unique album for him. American Gangster Time as other reviewers have pointed out does remind you of early Costello and for me Mr. Feathers and Harry Worth remind me of songs that could perhaps sit comfortably on Spike. Mr. Feathers equally reminds me of 60's era Kinks in the sound and in the phrasing - could just be me though. Mr Feather's is one of my personal favourites at the moment along with Stella Hurt and Go Away, which are both pounding guitar driven songs, which make you go back to them again and again.
My Three sons is possibly the most direct and personal song I have heard Costello sing. The obvious love he feels for his three sons in this song comes through but doesn't sound cringy in the slightest. The weakest song for me is Song with Rose, but it's no where near a bad song, it just doesn't have the punch that the other tracks do - yet anyway.
A great album that many people, more than just fans of Costello, should own. Ideally this should be viewed as one of the great albums of 2008, but sadly it will probably be overlooked for some commercial drivel.