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Listen a few times very carefully with an open mind !!
on 25 July 2005
This album is one of the finest examples of quality pop music you can buy.It is a testament to the artists involved that this type of music can be released in today's cosmetic music industry.
I am not a great fan of either Costello or Bacharach which is probably why I can appreciate the merits of this album unlike some of the other rather blinkered reviews posted.I think Costello's voice adds to the slightly melancholy flavour of this largely ballad, soft pop set.Listening to this has made me appreciate the genius of Bacharach. He is the master of dictating emotion through the music which is enhanced by some clever, poetic lyrics which complement one another through out.He knows when to turn up the tempo to enhance the sudden change in timing often using poignant semi-tone melody or complete pauses in the music which almost bring tears to the eyes they are so beautifully produced.Few artists have mastered this type of writing since the late Cole Porter who was a pioneer of 'pop' tunes well over half a century ago. I shall not try to ramble about each individual track but I hope that this review intrigues you enought to give the album a listen. I would say this is in my top ten albums of all time which sits it with some pretty hefty classics!