"I Wouldn't Talk Down To You"

Even despite the gold lame jacket he sported at the end of the night, Costello can only delve so far into gaudy tastelessness -- the songs are just too good to go there. The wheel brought up "King's Ransom", which led to the country soul of "Indoor Fireworks" and the dry wit of "Brilliant Mistake" from his King of America album. "I Want You" was requested after another spin, and the result was haunting. "Pump It Up" was transformed from a New Wave rocker to a sweaty, bluesy 6/8 grind. Well-executed covers were peppered throughout the show, including "And Your Bird Can Sing" and "Girl" from The Beatles, "Roxanne" (sung for a fortuitously named audience member) and even snippets of Prince's "Purple Rain" during the encore.

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