Elvis Costello : When I Was Cruel
Costello's rock'n'roll comeback. Not bad...
It's no classic, but there are reassuringly unhealthy signs of life. The lacerating and quite brilliant title track hooks up to a clanking rhythm loop and some discrete sampling, without ever sounding like a tragic stab at fashion. "It was so much easier when I was cruel," he observes saltily. Easier to like, for sure.
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