Declan Patrick MacManus AKA Elvis Costello, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, and record producer, who began his career as part of...
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Declan Patrick MacManus AKA Elvis Costello, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, and record producer, who began his career as part of London's pub rock scene in the early 1970s and later became associated with the first wave of the British Punk and New Wave movement that emerged in the mid-to-late 1970s. His critically acclaimed debut album, My Aim Is True, was released in 1977. His second album, This Year's Model, was released in 1978, and was ranked number 11 by Rolling Stone on its list of the best albums from 1967–1987. He has won multiple awards in his career, including a GRAMMY Award, and has twice been nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male Singer. In 2003, Costello and the Attractions were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Costello number 80 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
New album, Look Now, out this autumn features his longtime backing band the Imposters – which includes members of Costello’s original backing band, the Attractions – and will be his first full-length since Wise Up Ghost, his 2013 collaboration with the Roots. Look Now, was co-produced with Latin Grammys winner Sebastian Krys.
Ahead of the release, Costello has issued two songs from the album: lead track 'Under Lime' and 'Unwanted Number.' The former is a spry, heavily textured pop rocker with Beatles-esque harmonies and horn arrangements on which Costello sings, “It’s a long way down from that high horse you’re on.” The latter is more low-key and boasts a soul groove and lush backup vocals, which allows Costello to belt lyrics about enduring a sour relationship.
“I knew if we could make an album with the scope of Imperial Bedroom and some of the beauty and emotion of Painted From Memory, we would really have something,” Costello said in a statement, referring to the 1982 album he recently revisited on the road and his collaboration with songwriter Burt Bacharach.
Bacharach co-wrote a few songs on Look Now, and sat in on piano with the Imposters on two of them, 'Don’t Look Now' and 'Photographs Can Lie.' Costello wrote another Look Now song, 'Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter,' with Carole King.
Released in Standard CD and LP and Deluxe Double CD and Double LP formats
CD Under Lime Don’t Look Now Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter Stripping Paper Unwanted Number I Let The Sun Go Down Mr. & Mrs. Hush Photographs Can Lie Dishonor The Stars Suspect My Tears Why Won’t Heaven Help Me? He’s Given Me Things
LP Side A Under Lime Don’t Look Now Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter Stripping Paper Unwanted Number I Let The Sun Go Down
Side B Mr. & Mrs. Hush Photographs Can Lie Dishonor The Stars Suspect My Tears Why Won’t Heaven Help Me? He’s Given Me Things
DELUXE EDITION BONUS TRACKS Isabelle In Tears Adieu Paris (L’Envie Des Etoiles) The Final Mrs. Curtain You Shouldn’t Look At Me That Way