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ANNE SOFIE von OTTER meets ELVIS COSTELLO  "for the stars" cd, 2001

another Costello album i have never posted on MD...
his twenty-first studio album, her fourth...
Anne is a classically trained Mezzo-Soprano and it shows in the tones and control she has over her voice...
whilst the album has its charms i feel duped by calling it a Costello album...
i expected a duets album between the pair, however Costello only sings on six of the eighteen tracks...
he plays baritone guitar, bass and organ elsewhere and worked as co-producer and engineer on the tracks...
each play their part wonderfully but i would have preferred if Costello was credited as a "guest"...
this album would score a 1.7 if i were to mark is which means,
I LIKE THIS ALBUM

the title track is simply gorgeous:  Elvis Costello and Anne Sofie Von Otter: For The Stars - YouTube

but my fave is this medley: "broken bicycles" was written by Tom Waits, "junk" by Paul McCartney




"BTO....Bachman,Turner,Overweight
They were big in the 70s....for five minutes,on a Saturday,after lunch..."  -  Me 2014.


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ELVIS COSTELLO & ALLEN TOUSSAINT  "the river in reverse" cd, 2006

another Costello album i have never posted on MD...
Costello's 26th, Toussaint's 22nd...
an interesting collaboration with most songs written by Toussaint and a handful written together...
lots of jazzy r+b vibes on this one...
both voices actually blend well together and Toussaint's melody style suit Costello's style too...
a good album with no bad tracks, just a solid collection of songs IMO
album would come in at 2.0 if i bothered to score each track correctly
I LIKE THIS ALBUM

lead off single:  



"BTO....Bachman,Turner,Overweight
They were big in the 70s....for five minutes,on a Saturday,after lunch..."  -  Me 2014.


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ELVIS COSTELLO  "hey clockface" cd, 2020

his thirty-first of thirty-two...
a recent purchase from a discount bin because i wasnt overly keen on it when it was released so i waited for it to come down in price...
still not overly sold on it but better than i remember it to have been...
a couple of rock songs, a couple of pretentious spoken word pieces, some easy listening, a hint of blues and jazz also...
overall, just sounds a bit too clumsy in the track listing, 
seems to have not enough of anything yet too much of everything to accomodate everyone's tastes...
a passable album but not one i would deliberately reach for again in a hurry...
album would come in at around 1.7 which means....
I LIKE THIS ALBUM

title track:



"BTO....Bachman,Turner,Overweight
They were big in the 70s....for five minutes,on a Saturday,after lunch..."  -  Me 2014.


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SUZANNE VEGA  "retrospective: the best of..." cd 2003

i guess easy listening would be the best place to put Suzie....
a 21 track career spanning compilation...
a really good collection of songs IMO
I LIKE THIS ALBUM

one of her lesser known tracks:



"BTO....Bachman,Turner,Overweight
They were big in the 70s....for five minutes,on a Saturday,after lunch..."  -  Me 2014.


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JOHN DENVER  "seasons of the heart"  vinyl,  1982

his 16th studio album...
most songs border on pop but i just cannot post him in that genre because it doesnt feel right (and believe me i tried! LOL)...
a decent album of uptempo songs with a full band, even some sax on some tracks...
still some of the stereotypical Denver sounds but overall a pop album IMO...
musicians on this one are a who's who of Nashville with most players having been regulars for Elvis Presley amongst others...
as expected a solid album overall
I LIKE THIS ALBUM

fave:



"BTO....Bachman,Turner,Overweight
They were big in the 70s....for five minutes,on a Saturday,after lunch..."  -  Me 2014.


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LEONARD COHEN  "the future" cd 1992

his nineth...
forms part of the complete studio albums box set i received at Christmas as a gift...
i guess folky in place, a bit jazzy (as always) but strictly undeniably Cohen through and through...
opening title track was a bit daunting as it sounded like he was on a pop tangent, thankfully the album got better after that one!...
lots of excellent lyrics as usual...
just my opinion but, i really think LC should have got a 'Nobel Prize for Literature' during his lifetime...
a solid album and looking forward to listening to the other ones of his i am not familiar with...
MH, how does this album rate for you because it would come in at a solid 2.4 for me...
I LOVE THIS ALBUM




"BTO....Bachman,Turner,Overweight
They were big in the 70s....for five minutes,on a Saturday,after lunch..."  -  Me 2014.


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^^
mid range for me
only tracks I love are Closing Time and Democracy
this is the first album where he took on Sharon Robinson as an accomplice
he went downhill from there to me

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^^
thanks
good to know that my favourite (linked track) is also one of yours
"BTO....Bachman,Turner,Overweight
They were big in the 70s....for five minutes,on a Saturday,after lunch..."  -  Me 2014.


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LEONARD COHEN  "ten new songs" cd, 2001

his tenth and first in a decade...
after repeat listens in the car over the last few days i think MH is right with his "he went downhill from there for me" in relation to his "the future" comment...
i find this album  quite eratic in quality,
the songs just sound like songs and not Cohen poetry for the most part but
I LIKE THIS ALBUM

fave:  





(for MH's benefit)

1:  in my secret life  *
2:  a thousand kisses deep  *
3:  that dont make it junk  ***
4:  here it is  ***
5:  love itself  **
6:  by the rivers' dark  **
7:  alexandra leaving  *
8:  you have loved enough  *
9:  boogie street  *
10: the land of plenty  **

3s -  2
2s -  3
1s -  5

rating:  1.7
"BTO....Bachman,Turner,Overweight
They were big in the 70s....for five minutes,on a Saturday,after lunch..."  -  Me 2014.


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^^

and she even gets on the cover
terrible album

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