I've got a whole city to hold down

March 18, 2004

When punks get old

Elvis Costello's latest disc, the Diana Krall-addled North, didn't put us to sleep. It was too unlistenable for that.

It seems that somebody liked it though, and in fact the somebodies reviewing EC's Tuesday gig at the Ford Center for our daily rags apparently liked it quite a bit. In the Sun-Times, Laura Emerick recaps “an alternately searing and tender semi-acoustic set, accompanied by longtime collaborator Steve Nieve,” while in the Trib, Josh Klein says “Costello and Nieve performed a good chunk of ‘North,’ breaking up Costello's song-cycle narrative of love lost and found into separate servings, book-ended by idiosyncratic selections drawn from the singer's vast catalog.”