Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Renaissance Musician

You want to talk about a Renaissance Musician? Elvis Costello is your man. During his 30+ years on the scene, he's spanned the genres of punk, rock, pop and new wave, and dabbled in blues, jazz, country, soul, classical, and ballet. And out of the blue, he's back with a new album.

The story behind the album is an interesting one. Costello was invited to help Jenny Lewis out with the creation of Rabbit Fur Coat, and upon finding a good portion of the members of his band in the studio helping her out, decided to cut some tracks of his own. Over a short span of a couple of weeks, the twelve tracks of Momofuku were hammered out, and an album was born. You can even hear Jenny's voice on the album if you listen closely (try Go Away below). The album's not a conceptual one like much of his later albums are. It's simply good, old-fashioned, Elvis Costello music.

Visit his website, his label Lost Highway Records, and become his friend on MySpace.


Elvis Costello & The Attractions - High Fidelity (Live at Geleen, June-4-1979)
: Get Happy!! (Bonus Disc)

Elvis Costello - All This Useless Beauty : Live from 6A

Elvis Costello With Burt Bacharach - God Give Me Strength : Live On Letterman: Music From The Late Show

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