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Look Now

Elvis Costello & The Imposters

Look Now

First new release since 2008 with back-up band The Imposters by veteran English singer-songwriter recorded in Hollywood, New York City and Vancouver and featuring an appearance by Burt Bacharach

ADM rating[?]

7.5

Label
Concord
UK Release date
12/10/2018
US Release date
12/10/2018
  1. 10.0 |   Mojo

    Look Now bounces with unforced, uncluttered and cleverly fleshed vivacity, every song a cherishable gem. Print edition only

  2. 8.0 |   Uncut

    An album of tremendous humour and empathy, less a comeback than a considered continuation of an unprecedented career. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   Q

    This is high-pedigree pop-soul in the style of Costello's 1982 song Tears Before Bedtime. ... Gostello's lyrics are subtle, penetrating and often written from a woman's perspective. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   The Music

    Nary a second nor space is wasted in these twelve songs
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  5. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Always prone to dipping into the full gamut of traditional genres, Costello has ventured ever further from his snarling new wave roots
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  6. 8.0 |   All Music

    In 1978, the Arrogant Young Mr. Costello famously said, "I'm not going to be around to witness my artistic decline," and 40 years on, Look Now proves he's still living up to that claim
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  7. 8.0 |   American Songwriter

    Follow Elvis Costello down the twisting paths of Look Now and you’ll find they lead to sublime musical destinations
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  8. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    Joined by his Imposters in the studio for the first time in a decade, the silver-tongued songwriter turns tunes from abandoned musicals into a surprisingly cohesive record
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  9. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Look Now is another solid entry into an already healthy and vital body of work. It’s not his absolute best, but it still earns a spot in the meatier part of his iconic recording arc
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  10. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Costello possesses the wisdom and perspective to acknowledge the passage of time by only cherry-picking those pieces of his past that still suit him
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  11. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Full of elegant songwriting and troubled characters
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  12. 6.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Pretty much any style is fair game for Elvis Costello
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  13. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Pretty but patchy
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  14. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    The arrangements are gorgeous, some of the chorus hooks less so, and overall the laid-back Broadway-meets-Abbey Road vibe suits his adroit observations well
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