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Hey Clockface by ELVIS COSTELLO

There are three or four tracks I really like and only one I don’t. Elvis Costello is always a weird combination of extremes; sentiment vs. grit, smooth vs. spiky, visceral vs. cerebral. It shouldn’t work but, on this album at least, it does. The tunes are captivating and the lyrics are as brilliant and clever as always. You have to listen to this properly, though, to enjoy it properly. It’s not background music even though some tracks may nominally fall into the Easy Listening category. It’s not easy. It doesn’t want to be easy. But it is good. JK18.02.2021

8/10