Elvis Costello

Pencil Portrait by Antonio Bosano.

Elvis Costello Pencil Portrait
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It became abundantly clear – less than five years after his vinyl debut with “My aim is true” – that Elvis Costello had not arrived to fit neatly into any preconceived musical box. His recorded output has been characterised by a tense duality between an innate genius for a certain kind of literate, melodic Beatles-esque pop, and his profound curiosity and near Catholic embrace of popular music’s different forms.

Blessed with a near encyclopaedic knowledge of twentieth century music, ‘Mr MacManus’ has embraced varied genres from modern jazz to early American country to baroque classical music, striving incessantly to find ways to integrate these strands into his catalogue, with laudable degrees of ambition, and varying degrees of success. If I’ve loved some of his albums and spun others just the once, then that’s the price any artist must pay for constantly redefining his audience.


Recommended listening

My Aim is true (1977)

This Year's Model (1978)

Armed Forces (1979)

Get Happy (1980)

Imperial Bedroom (1982)

Spike (1989)

Mighty like a rose (1991)

All this useless beauty (1996)

Painted from Memory (1999) with Burt Bacharach

Recommended reading

Unfaithful music & disappearing ink (2015)