ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS: THE BOY NAMED IF REVIEW — A RETURN TO HIS RAUCOUS, RATTLING ROOTS
7 January 2022
The Times: Will Hodkinson: 7th January 2022
Most of us find growing up difficult, but it must be particularly hard for rock stars. Becoming an adult generally involves realising, contrary to childhood convictions, that the world does not revolve around you, but when you’re a rock star the world does revolve around you, a small world at least, with audiences, backing musicians and road crew all there because you are. No wonder so many of them are such big babies.
Now Elvis Costello has addressed the situation with an album that “takes us from the last days of a bewildered childhood to that mortifying moment when you are told to stop acting like a child, which for most men (and a few gals) can be any time in the next 50 years.