Elvis Costello & The Imposters - Look Now
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Based on 14 reviews
2018 Ratings: #309 / 851
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Based on 50 ratings
2018 Ratings: #418
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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.


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.


A welcome return with plenty of artistic highs. I really like the sound of Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter, Unwanted Number, Why Won't Heaven Help Me? and others.


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.

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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