|Artist: Elvis Costello|
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Personnel: Jeff Taylor , Jerry Douglas , Mike Compton, Stuart Duncan, Dennis Crouch.|
|Audio Mixer: Mike Piersante.|
|Audio Remasterer: Gavin Lurssen.|
|One of Elvis Costello's most interesting studio outings was the quietly-received 1986 sleeper KING OF AMERICA, a down-to-earth affair produced sympathetically by T-Bone Burnett, who knows how to bring out the best in singer-songwriters. Rematched here with Burnett (who co-wrote a few tracks), Costello bares his Americana soul on an unerring set of string-band roots numbers that resonate with authenticity and heart.|
|Themes of rejection, tainted love, and other strains of emotional disquietude flow through the songs, and the humble, sad melodies are supported by the aching cry of violin, dobro, and accordion, provided by Costello's backing band, the Sugarcanes (including Jim Lauderdale on vocals). Some of the songs began their life as part of a chamber opera that Costello wrote for the Royal Danish Opera about the doomed romance of Hans Christian Andersen and singer Jenny Lind, some are acousticized version of older albums tracks, and some are brand new, but each track crackles with the same shirt-sleeve torch and twang and inspired musicianship. Standouts include the country cheatin' waltz "I Felt the Chill," co-written with Loretta Lynn, and the boastful strut of "Sulphur to Sugar Cane."|
Producer: T-Bone Burnett
Engineer: Kyle Ford; Mike Piersante
Associated Artists and Works
|Release Date : 06/01/2009|
|Original Release Date : 2009|
|Catalog ID : 7231280|
|Label : Hear Music|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00888072312807|
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "Recorded in Nashville in three days, it's tight and uncluttered, with fiddle and dobro accenting jaunty bluegrass-folk corkers such as 'Hidden Shame.'"
- "With alchemical highlights that include back-porch footstompers, torchy weepers, and a tenderhearted, set-closing waltz, SECRET testifies to the merits of aging gracefully."
- "[On] 'My All Time Doll,' one of the strongest cuts, Jeff Taylor's accordion shades the desperation in Costello's lyric with just the right amount of sarcasm."
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "[The album is] reminiscent of ALMOST BLUE's country covers, recorded nearly three decades ago....All good stuff..."
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] weighty addition to a body of work that continues to buck trends and restlessly seek out fresh adventures."
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "'Red Cotton,' the last of the Andersen songs, is the most gripping ballad entry....[This is] his most engaging album in a very long time."
By now, some of you may have heard rumour of an album called Momofuku and wonder what this record is...
Well, the real version is pressed on two pieces of black plastic with a hole in the middle. You may prefer other, more portable, less scratchable, editions that will soon become available for your convenience but this is how it sounds the best: with a needle in a groove, the way the Supreme Being intended it to be...
The absence of much advance notice or information might seem a little strange and perverse but the record was made so quickly that I didn't even tell myself about it for a couple weeks.
Ever since I hid ten copies of "30:10" - solo home recordings of re-written songs - in the jewel boxes of the "Best Of" collection released in the Spring of '07 and then waited in vain for one of them to surface, I'd realized that it was time to do things differently...
I don't think many people believed that "30:10" really existed but if anyone reading this has one in their possession, they had better claim their special prize right away because we will be posting the songs on this site very soon and the offer will expire...
So, what can I tell you about Momofuku?
Number One, on Page One of daft interview questions is, "Why is it called Momofuku?"
Well, obviously the title is a tribute to Momofuku Ando, the inventor of the Cup Noodle. Like so many things in this world of wonders, all we had to do to make this record was add water.
Now, I understand that there is also a fancy eatery in New York City that has made the same connection with Ando-San. So, just in case anybody is inclined to mistake our record for something edible, we've added a disclaimer to the record jacket. I like saying, "record jacket" again.
This record actually came about because of an invitation I received from Jenny Lewis to sing on her upcoming record. Davey Faragher had been playing bass on some of the sessions, so it didn't seem like too much of a stretch to call Pete Thomas to complete the Imposters' rhythm section.
It was Jenny's idea for Pete to play alongside his daughter, Tennessee, who plays drums in The Like and the line-up was completed by Ms. Lewis' beau, Johnathan Rice on guitar and vocals and their pal, "Farmer" Dave Scher on pedal steel and vocals with Jason Lader manning the controls.