on 20 September 2003
People will trash this album and, in my opinion, without justification. If you're looking for "Oliver's Army" reruns or what we know to be Elvis Costello then this album is not for you but do not despair. North will suprise, delight and move you in a way that only Elvis Costello can. On first listening the tracks are slow and seem vaguely repetitive, but the more you listen the more the "story" emerges. With this album, Elvis Costello has lost his anger and replaced it with a gentleness that to some, may not suit him but once again he has proved that music is an evolutionary process. Long may he continue!
on 30 October 2003
Having been amazed by Elvis's memorable collaboration with Burt Bacharch (Painted from Memory), I was similarly blown away by this exquisite offering. Elvis is indeed, in his own words, In The Mood Again, and boy does it show!! All these new songs are beautifully measured, and delivered straight from the heart. This is soppy music for grown-ups at its best, the highs of romantic intoxication being presented within the bounds of realism: reflections on lost love; the astonishment at finding oneself in feet first once again; the sheer excitement (and dread) of what the future may hold. The undoubted pinnacle of the album is 'Still', on which the Brodsky Quartet provide the accompaniment. This is a magical album, for anyone who has loved, lost and found again.
on 22 September 2013
I like EC. More than like him. But I was disappointed with this. The Delivery Man was superb, and my expectations were raised, only to be lowered by this. I'd advise getting many of the excellent EC albums ahead of this one - I've tried to connect with this several times, but think it's time to give it to a charity shop.