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Don't give up your day job, Elvis . . .,
This review is from: Painted From Memory (Audio CD)
I've been trying to like this album for some time, but it just doesn't work for me. Costello is little short of a god as far as I'm concerned, having followed every phase and turning of his career from "Alison" to the Brodsky Quartet, but the one thing he simply can't do is croon; his voice is too edgy, his vibrato too forced, his mature gentility too false. Bacharach's recent compositions come across as prosaic and unexciting, with none of the flair for unorthodox chord progressions and gloriously unexpected melodies that his late sixties oeuvre made so irresistable, and Costello's weaknesses as a crooner simply can't bring these songs to life. The songs might have succeeded with Scott Walker on the mike, but then Scott wouldn't be heard singing stuff like this nowadays.
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Initial post: 13 Aug 2011 08:38:44 BDT
when I first played this cd I was really put off by elvis' singing style, a crooner he is not. I put the cd away and thought I would probably get rid of it when I next have a clear out of cd's I no longer want to keep. Then I gave it another go quite a few years later and began to appreciate the music, having long been a fan of Burt. Before I knew it I loved it, even the crooning is ok now. Some 13 years on its one of my favourite albums ever, every single track is superb.
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