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Elvis Costello Doesn’t Want Your Nostalgia, He Wants You To ‘Look Now’

Elvis Costello Doesn’t Want Your Nostalgia, He Wants You To ‘Look Now’
October 11, 2018 Elijah James Logan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMKkQtH75R8 For 20 years, Elvis Costello has wanted to make what he calls an uptown pop record with a little swagger. With his latest album, Look Now , out Oct. 12, Costello has done just that by adding unusual combinations of horns and small string groups to his sound. Costello of course has been around for decades, but one thing he didn’t want to make was an album that says, “Remember this guy?” “It’s immediately a bad proposition,” Costello says. “But unfortunately, that’s a lot of the way both record companies and music magazines run the nostalgia business.” Look Now may lack an obvious nostalgia factor, but Costello does return to familiar ground — songs full of rich characters loaded with desire and heartache. One song in particular, “Stripping Paper,” exhibits Costello’s storytelling prowess. As the song describes, a woman discovers the unfaithful nature of her husband. As a reaction, she tears away a layer of wallpaper in their house to discover

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