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Mighty Like A Rose (Expanded Edition) Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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This I think is a shame, as Mighty Like a Rose extends on territory mapped out on previous albums Imperial Bedroom (1982) & Spike (1989). The first disc here collects the 14 songs that made up Mighty Like a Rose- & I don't think there's a dud in there. All Grown Up sounds like Richard Thompson singing a lost Lennon/McCartney song, while McCartney- who co-wrote Veronica & My Brave Face with Costello- is McCartney to Costello's Lennon on So Like Candy.
Costello is not a happy bunny here- Hurry Down Doomsday (The Bugs Are Taking Over) sounds like a fusion of Plastic Ono-Lennon, Franz Kafka & the kind of industrial noises co-producer Mitchell Froom would produce on Suzanne Vega's 99 F. The Other Side of Summer sounds like a hit single that never was- easily up there with anything from Armed Forces (and showcasing Brian Wilson-style aspirations). Invasion Hit Parade sounds like a bleak relative of Beyond Belief, prior to harsh guitar inflected sounds & a killer chorus- the riffs are definitely related to the desperate pulse of 86's Uncomplicated.Read more ›
It includes some great songs, namely Couldn't Call It unexpected, After The Fall and How to be dumb, which I believe hold up against other classic Costello tracks. You also get the wonderful Other Side of Summer and a couple of collaborations with McCartney.
Essentially a good addition to his catalogue
From the aggressive and energetic - and hugely enjoyable - pop-rock of The Other Side of Summer and How To Be Dumb (a public attack on his former Attractions bass player Bruce Thomas) to the delicate, dark beauty of Broken, this is certainly an album of varying styles, but they hold together well, and the tunes generally play out far better than on the earlier album Spike. Costello's infamous occasional habit of producing unlistenable melodies to accompany convoluted lyrics is nowhere to be heard here, and where he does venture into less mainstream sounds (for instance, in Couldn't Call It Unexpected Nr 2), the near-seamless production allows him to blend this with the rest of the songs without any jarring at all.
Georgie And Her Rival sounds as though it actually belongs on the album Spike, telling us two things - first, that the production here is so coherent that such judgements can be made; and second, that the two albums are indeed to be judged next to each other.
In all, this is excellent stuff: pointed, angry enough yet poignant enough to please any die-hard fan, and brilliantly tuneful.
Mighty Like A Rose works on many levels, and is worth many hearings.
Toxic Beach Boys ("The Other Side Of Summer"), drum-loop clatter and Mark E Smith rant ("Hurry Down Doomsday") and the nastiest song he's ever written ("How To Be Dumb") make for a seriously impressive opening salvo. Then there's the swoony orchestral "All Grown Up", the upbeat but oddly haunting "Georgie And Her Rival", the raucous "Payboy To A Man" (which sounds like The Fall meets Little Richard meets The Wildhearts!), the heartbreaking "So Like Candy" (although the verses on this one kind of plod), the even more heartbreaking "Broken" (an exquisite lyric), and the closing "Couldn't Call It Unexpected"...well, there's a good reason everyone gushes over this song. Haunting, beautiful, highly scary (it's basically about death)...it's got it all.
Of the rest, "Harpies Bizarre" is self-conscious but interesting, "Invasion Hit Parade" is overlong but has a great, unique chorus, and "After The Fall" "Sweet Pear" and the instrumental are perhaps superfluous.
His next full-on 'rock' album, 1994's "Brutal Youth" is even better! Elvis Costello - Paul Weller with talent, charm, and brains! What else do you need, people?!
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Not one of the most beloved parts of Costello's canon, but I've been listening to it a lot lately and it stands up: How to be Dumb is one of his best ever put downs (and tunes) and... Read morePublished on 20 Nov. 2013 by Amazon Customer
I resisted this album for years,having being disappointed by the previous dismal album Spike.I only purchased the double cd reissue cos i got it for a fiver and i have to say it... Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2006 by M. Bedford