AOTY 2018
Elvis Costello & The Imposters - Look Now
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2018 Ratings: #352 / 705
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Based on 29 ratings
2018 Ratings: #256
October 12, 2018 / Release Date
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The Independent

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


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.

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.


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.

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.

Rolling Stone

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

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.

The Observer

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

always happy for more costello but this didn't really do it for me
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.
This is honestly a really solid late-career record. It sounds like an homage to some of Costello's early 80s material like Trust and especially the baroque pop of Imperial Bedroom, and all though his sharp lyricism has dulled a bit, this album has some surprisingly fun melodies and strong vocal performances. Overall I'm glad I gave Look Now a chance, as it's a nice little addition to the canon of one of the greatest songwriters of all time.
Elvis Costello and The Imposters are one once again and they reignite the kindled flame they had as a crew a decade before. Costello and the gang froth up a ballroom, theater, jazz lounge arrangement of songs that feel appropriate to shake up. The songs are catchy, fresh, and fun like Costello is known for. This album brings my spirits up higher just as much as they make me want to swing and dance.
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.

Favorite track: Why Won't Heaven Help Me?
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#19/Entertainment Weekly
#43/Consequence of Sound

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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