Album: Elvis Costello and the Imposters, The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook!!! (Universal) (3/5)


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Elvis Costello's live CD/DVD package takes a different approach to Kylie's live show in which she uses a large spinner to select which songs to sing.

There's an element of spontaneity about EC's approach that would torpedo Kylie's performance but which here adds an enjoyable tang of uncertainty. The tracks are drawn from all stages of EC's career, from early classics like "Mystery Dance" and "Watching the Detectives" to more recent triumphs like the bitter "National Ransom", mixed in with a few covers like "Out of Time". The set has a raw rock presence that belies the performers' vintage status, particularly Steve Nieve's, splendidly staccato Tex-Mex organ chops and piano excursions.

DOWNLOAD THIS Watching the Detectives; Every Day I Write the Book; Out of Time