Album Review: The Boy Named If by Elvis Costello & the Imposters
Excellent, Based on 2 Critics
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For a man now on his 32nd album, you could forgive Elvis Costello for taking it a bit easier these days. On the contrary – A Boy Named If takes off at a cracking pace and doesn’t let up through most of the record’s run-time. It’s no surprise that this feels like a throwback to Costello’s heydays. He’s joined by his band The Imposters (who are pretty much The Attractions, only with bass player Davey Faragher replacing Bruce Thomas).
Elvis Costello's 32nd album, titled The Boy Named If, underlines why he is one of Britain's greatest songwriters. It continues the purple patch that began with 2018's Look Now with a level of intensity and focus that recalls his commercial and critical zenith at the turn of the 80s. Co-produced by Costello alongside the US-Argentinian engineer and producer Sebastian Krys, the record's full title is The Boy Named If (And Other Children's Stories).