Elvis Costello is to join a stellar lineup of artists including Norah Jones, Regina Spektor and Loudon Wainwright III on the new Boardwalk Empire Soundtrack.
All was also still just drowned out by a standing ovation. After a career of nearly forty years Costello remains a master of his craft, and he still does not avoid the risks.
A solo Costello’s only onstage affectation was a glowing ‘On Air’ sign, its intimation of a radio session in progress and the modest arrangement of guitars and a piano around the singer reaching for an up-close-and-personal atmosphere.
Amidst the two-and-a-half hours played, his family roots, his punk days (Watching the Detectives, Shipbuilding, Oliver’s Army and more were all present) and his current status as a transatlantic conduit to the Great American Songbook were all explored, the latter through April 5th (written with “my friends Roseanne Cash and Kris Kristofferson”) and a sublime contribution from Dylan’s New Basement Tapes, Lost On the River.
Even when armed with a new song (The Last Year of My Youth), Costello keeps us enthralled, such is the power of this bloke's presence and presentation.