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ELVIS COSTELLO TACKLES ADOLESCENCE WITH HIS BEST RECORD IN YEARS

14 January 2022

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Inside Hook: Bonnie Stierberg: 14th January 2022

“The Boy Named If” sees Costello and the Imposters in fine form

It’s been decades since Elvis Costello’s “angry young man” period. Since then, he’s cooled off and branched out, broadening his horizons with excellent forays into more adult-contemporary fare like Tin Pan Alley-inspired pop, piano jazz and even the occasional bluegrass record. But on his new album with the Imposters, “The Boy Named If”(out today), he sets his sights back on his youth, revisiting that transitional period of life he describes as “the last days of a bewildered boyhood to that mortifying moment when you are told to stop acting like a child — which for most men (and perhaps a few gals, too) can be any time in the next 50 years.”

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