Elvis Costello's NORTH hybrid SACD, boring!

Discussion in 'Music' started by Rachael B, Dec 10, 2003.

  1. Rachael B

    Rachael B Producer

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2000
    Messages:
    4,685
    Likes Received:
    25
    Location:
    Knocksville, TN
    Real Name:
    Rachael Bellomy
    [​IMG] The album sounds like one long, dull song. It's fine with me that he doesn't want to be a rocker anymore. It is time for him to morph into a jazz artist. I loved the album he made with Burt Bacharach (Painted From Memory) last time out. So, my expectations were that NORTH would be a decent album, not!

    First, there is no guitar, his best instrument, period. He plunks on the piano on some tracks (Steve Nieve plays piano on other tracks). He has a dim future as a pianist IMO! You're allowed to use quitar in jazz, I'm like so sure that's legal![​IMG] You're allowed to have upbeat pieces too and there's not much of that here. The drums, when used, mostly have that brush sound. Strings are often employed. He has a flock of horns at his dispose. He simply chooses to use these insuments to create a dull, somber mood.

    Some of the songs have intresting lyrics but they seemed wasted in this melancholy sounding affair. He stille sings very well, but that's wasted too. From the sound of this album, you'd think he was as depressed as hell! Isn't he seeing the lovely Diana Krall? Is this how she makes him feel?

    The album has a M/C track which I have not listened to and proably never will. In stereo it sounds fine on a technical level, anyway. I'm not into this dark, film noir sound on 10 straight songs myself. I like some music that evokes joy on my albums. I can't find it here. This sounds like music for the suicidal![​IMG]

    If Elvis can't find a better sound as a jazz artist, I'm through with him. He had his peaks and valleys as a rock artist. That's normal. NORTH is the Death Valley sound as far as I'm concerned. [​IMG] If you're holding a pistol to your head, contemplating the trigger, this would be a terrific last album to listen to! [​IMG] For the rest of us it's a downer....[​IMG]
     
  2. Charles Gurganus

    Charles Gurganus Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 1999
    Messages:
    689
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thanks Rachael. I had that disc in my hands and decided I'd better check some reviews first.

    The way you describe the disc is about the way I feel about the Grant Lee Phillips SACD "Mobilize". He has a great voice with very good lyrics but he should get his band back. Those drum machines get OLD very quick.
     
  3. Al B. C

    Al B. C Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2002
    Messages:
    645
    Likes Received:
    0
    Amen Rachel.

    I really like Elvis, hell I've even met the man, but this collection of songs sounds exactly as you describe - 1 long boring song.

    I don't even think I heard anything that even resembles a hook in any of the songs. It almost sounds like the ramblings of a kid trying to sing some kind of made up song.

    [​IMG]
     
  4. Patrick Larkin

    Patrick Larkin Screenwriter

    Joined:
    May 8, 2001
    Messages:
    1,761
    Likes Received:
    0
    There is already a thread on this CD:
    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...hreadid=160348


     
  5. Rachael B

    Rachael B Producer

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2000
    Messages:
    4,685
    Likes Received:
    25
    Location:
    Knocksville, TN
    Real Name:
    Rachael Bellomy
    Patrick, I sort'a forgot about CRUEL and the album with Sophie while typing away. I liked them, OK. The Brosdsky album is one of a scant few Costello albums I have not heard. Elvis the prolific will proably be back with a cover album of Tiny Tim classics in a few months?!?[​IMG] [​IMG] I know or atleast hope he'll do better again.
     
  6. Phil A

    Phil A Producer
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2000
    Messages:
    3,123
    Likes Received:
    30
    Location:
    Central FL
    Real Name:
    Phil
    I saw Elvis on Late Night with Conan a little bit ago and he did a song from 'North.' He indicated in the interview that this was a different thing for him and he next album will be louder.
     
  7. Rachael B

    Rachael B Producer

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2000
    Messages:
    4,685
    Likes Received:
    25
    Location:
    Knocksville, TN
    Real Name:
    Rachael Bellomy
    Charles, I like MOBILIZE despite the drum machine. I wrote a review of it on this forum about 2 years ago. My biggest critcism was the drumming, BTW. He does need a band to compliment his obvious talent! I'm glad fate or better judgement saved you from owning one of Costello's weakest albums...[​IMG]

    Al, we be da amen chorus! Rock on![​IMG]
     
  8. Rachael B

    Rachael B Producer

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2000
    Messages:
    4,685
    Likes Received:
    25
    Location:
    Knocksville, TN
    Real Name:
    Rachael Bellomy
    Phil, he doesn't have to do louder to please me, just less depressing![​IMG]
     
  9. Zack Scott

    Zack Scott Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2000
    Messages:
    199
    Likes Received:
    0
    It's funny when an artist wants to try something different people rag on him because he's not doing the same thing. I for one like the album it a breezy kind of love and relaxation album that doesn't sugar coat love. It's real love where the two people have a past and they try to climb out of it when they found each other. it's nice and refreshing. but to each his own. I can find a positive spin on Queen's Hot Space also (listen to the second side first)
     
  10. Al B. C

    Al B. C Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2002
    Messages:
    645
    Likes Received:
    0
     
  11. Rachael B

    Rachael B Producer

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2000
    Messages:
    4,685
    Likes Received:
    25
    Location:
    Knocksville, TN
    Real Name:
    Rachael Bellomy
    Zack compare this album to PAINTED FROM MEMORY, IMO, PFM is much, muchas better.[​IMG] I liked his kuntry album ALMOST BLUE years ago too. It's fine with me if he does somethin' different.
     
  12. Doug Otte

    Doug Otte Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2003
    Messages:
    743
    Likes Received:
    36
     
  13. Zack Scott

    Zack Scott Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2000
    Messages:
    199
    Likes Received:
    0
    Painted From Memory is a compleatly different album because All of it was co written by Burt BAcaratt. "North" is written pretty much by himself. It doesn't have the over produced poppy sound that PFM has. But like I said in my previous post...To each his own. I just have heard worse stuff from EC. so that's why I responded so harshly to these comments.
     
  14. Rachael B

    Rachael B Producer

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2000
    Messages:
    4,685
    Likes Received:
    25
    Location:
    Knocksville, TN
    Real Name:
    Rachael Bellomy
    Zack, I wouldn't of called it harsh.[​IMG] I've seldom made a negative review on this site. I fully expected some disaggreement, cool!
     

Share This Page