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or "Armed Forces" and then come back to an immediacy that has been lacking as of late (as talented a musician as Nieve is he can occasionally bog down in some self-indulgent drama - not so here). Pete Thomas is still about the best rock drummer in a Jackson Pollock-y way (takes seemingly simple beats and uses them to perfect rythmic effect). Davey Faragher is just a revelation, he does some great harmonizing, particularly on "Either Side of the Same Town" and hardly makes me even think of that other bass guy. I could probably go on for several hundred more words but to summarize: if you like Elvis, it won't disappoint. If you've been disappointed by him lately, this may win you back. (I'm listening to his "Il Sogno" score - today's other new release - as I write this. I like it).
As soon as he gets that moment out of the way, he jumps back to his country mode with "Country Darkness." It's almost as if the carefully crafted roots music of "King Of America" has been wed to the distorted and venomous "Blood and Chocolate." Elvis has made the comment that he wanted this to be his Johnny Cash album, and "The Delivery Man" frequently hits that mark. It would be easy to envision Cash insinuating "The Judgment," or even "Heart Shaped Bruise." "Bruise," one of two standout duets with Emmylou Harris, again shows Elvis' genuine affinity for country weepers. The Oscar nominated "The Scarlet Tide" (from "Cold Mountain") closes the album as gently as "Button My Lip" tears it open. It's not everyday you hear a rock album with a ukulele solo. And as heartfelt and somber as the moments with Emmylou are, Lucinda Williams' rollicking turn on "There's a Story in Your Voice" plays to the raucous opposite side of the yard.
If you are waiting for that one brilliantly catchy number (something that "North" seriously lacked), there is "Monkey To Man," a sing-along hook about class warfare. It is the most "Elvis-like" song here, and what kept me coming back to "The Delivery Man." Frankly, this is a hard album to like as you listen to it over the first few days. But not after the first week. The extremely raw and scruffy production may put you off at first, but just stay with it. "The Delivery Man" will, eventually, deliver the goods.
Lucinda Williams does appear on the album. She duets with Costello on the gut wretching "There's a Story in Your Voice". Emmylou Harris makes a cameo appearence on one track and does full blown duets on two others. The best of these the brief, touching "The Scarlet Tide" was written for "Cold Mountain". It's just the two of them performing an intimate, powerful song. Her other two appearences are equally note worthy although "The Scarlet Tide" closes the album with such grace that it's hard to beat.
The Imposters hold it all together while EC performs up a storm. Pete Thomas does his best time keeping suggesting that Charlie Watts and Ringo Starr are no longer the greatest rock'n'roll drummers.Read more ›
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Elvis Costello continued his rich songwriting kick by releasing The Delivery Man in 2004. The Imposters return for this one and it finds Elvis delving more into blues and Americana... Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by Lunar Boulevard
In my humble opinion, the best album Elvis Costello has made since "King of America". The bonus disc doesn't hurt.Published on May 13, 2013 by R. DAY
Preface this by saying I am a huge fan of Mr Costello's, and I find this CD to be one of his most under valued. Read morePublished on July 24, 2011 by Smiffy
elvis' career has covered a large musical spectrum. as a uber fan, even i did not care for north, bronsky quartet and the Bacharach albums. Read morePublished on February 18, 2011 by Frank D. Distefano
Elvis Costello has exhibited many strengths as a writer and musician. But one that stands out for me is his ability to take a sound and run it through an album. Read morePublished on September 3, 2010 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
This Elvis Costello Deluxe Edition, 2 Disc CD is full of great music, from Elvis & The Imposters. Disc One is the "Delivery Man", Disc two is the "Clarksdale Sessions", as in... Read morePublished on November 18, 2008 by Gary Covington
I was fortunate enough to buy the expanded edition first. Those who didn't are disappointed. Boo-hoo-hoo! Read morePublished on January 12, 2007 by Thomas E. Davis