Almost You: The Songs of Elvis Costello Tired of rebuying Costello's repeatedly repackaged back catalog or pretending to love his new records? Here are some fresh takes on the classics by a… Almost You: The Songs of Elvis Costello Tired of rebuying Costello's repeatedly repackaged back catalog or pretending to love his new records? Here are some fresh takes on the classics by a… 2003-01-21 Various Artists
Music Review

Almost You: The Songs of Elvis Costello (2003)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jan 21, 2003; Lead Performance: Various Artists

Tired of rebuying Costello's repeatedly repackaged back catalog or pretending to love his new records? Here are some fresh takes on the classics by a dozen-plus indie-rock newbies, who negotiate even his trickiest changes with aplomb. Aside from a surprisingly convincing Brutal Youth number (the Damnations' atmospheric ''Still Too Soon to Know''), it's all primo '70s-'80s stuff, with nods to the undersung Get Happy (Okkervil River's radically bipolar ''Riot Act'') and King of America (twin versions of the love-during-wartime ballad ''Sleep of the Just''). A reminder that Costello still has the richest songbook of his generation. THEIR AIM IS TRUE ''(the angels wanna wear my) Red Shoes'' by alt-country dreamers Hem and ''Alison'' by cranky romantic Vic Chesnutt and friends make overfamiliar tracks just familiar enough.

Originally posted Feb 07, 2003 Published in issue #694 Feb 07, 2003 Order article reprints
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