Elvis Costello & The Imposters - Look Now
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2018 Ratings: #287 / 605
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Based on 16 ratings
October 12, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Independent

Costello’s peerless lyricism often mirrors his tone, and here it’s suitably refined.

80
AllMusic

If you're in the mood for a set of world-class songs dealing with grown-up themes and performed with nuance and a master's touch, you could hardly do better.

80
American Songwriter

Costello ... never lets any genre predominate, sometimes shifting the overarching mood several times within a single song to follow the emotional content of the narratives.

80
Pitchfork

As a collection of tunes, Look Now is a triumph for Costello, a showcase for how he can enliven a mastery of form with a dramatist’s eye. But as an album, Look Now is a success because of the Imposters.

75
Consequence of Sound

His ability to shape-shift in and out of genres wide and far still gives his new material a bit of intrigue. Look Now is another solid entry into an already healthy and vital body of work.

70
Rolling Stone

Costello’s his first new album in five years finds him squaring his restless artistic impulses with his storied past.

70
Slant Magazine

On Look Now, Costello possesses the wisdom and perspective to acknowledge the passage of time by only cherry-picking those pieces of his past that still suit him.

60
The Observer

At its best, Look Now – Costello’s 31st album – comes freighted with vivid feeling as well as sophisticated instrumentation and arrangements.

aviatrix
65
always happy for more costello but this didn't really do it for me
MasterCrackfox
73
Costello has aged like fine wine, for sure. However, my preference for his more punky, upbeat sound brought this more lax and peaceful sound down for me. Although solidly produced and well constructed, I just found myself somewhat bored up until the last few tracks that really popped in comparison to the first half.
Doofy
77
Absolutely destroys this year's other crooner-ific reinvention - Arctic Monkeys’ Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino'.

Similarly 'Young Americans'/'Station to Station' period Bowie is a HUGE influence, only here Costello brings enough of his own talents to make certain these songs never skirt anywhere close to mere pastiche.
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Track List

  1. Under Lime
  2. Don't Look Now
  3. Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter
  4. Stripping Paper
  5. Unwanted Number
  6. I Let the Sun Go Down
  7. Mr. & Mrs. Hush
  8. Photographs Can Lie
  9. Dishonor the Stars
  10. Suspect My Tears
  11. Why Won't Heaven Help Me?
  12. He's Given Me Things
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Added on: July 30, 2018