Music Review: 'Kojak Variety' (1995) On this oddball selection of covers, only a few cuts (e.g., Dylan's "I Threw It All Away") make sense for Costello's bristly idiosyncratic vocalizing. Despite… Elvis Costello
Music Review

Music Review: 'Kojak Variety' (1995)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Lead Performance: Elvis Costello

On this oddball selection of covers, only a few cuts (e.g., Dylan's ''I Threw It All Away'') make sense for Costello's bristly idiosyncratic vocalizing. Despite being a great songwriter, he's never going to outsing Little Richard, as his geeky version of ''Bama Lama Bama Loo'' makes clear. B-

Originally posted May 12, 1995 Published in issue #274 May 12, 1995 Order article reprints