Elvis Costello: He’s a bad Momofuku.

22 04 2008

Originally Elvis’ new album was to be released on vinyl only — the LPs would come with a voucher to download the digital tracks. Sometime in the last few weeks, Elvis chickened out and decided he would go ahead and release the CD version as well…though a few weeks later.

All that being said, it’s been about 25 years or so since an Elvis album was mixed and mastered to be heard on vinyl first. No, this doesn’t mean he’s recaptured the magic of his heady early days on the new effort, “Momofuku.” The twelve tracks do rate as darn good late-period Elvis, though.

“American Gangster Time” is rocking and great. “Pardon Me, Madam, My Name is Eve,” written with Loretta Lynn, is amazing — as good a song as Elvis has done in the last 15 to 20 years.

Omnipresent session vocalist Jenny Lewis (of Rilo Kiley) pops up for a lot of harmony vocals. She is a welcome addition to the Imposters’ fold.

I’m a little disappointed that the record will be released on CD. I had hoped I would be in some kind of cool little club. Oh well.

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