Song of the Day #3,769: ‘Photographs Can Lie’ – Elvis Costello

Track eight of Elvis Costello’s Look Now is the second collaboration with Burt Bacharach, and another of the album’s best cuts.

While longtime Costello bandmate Steve Nieve plays the piano on most of Look Now, Bacharach himself tickles the ivories on this track. His classy, delicate playing is a perfect compliment to Costello’s hushed vocals.

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Song of the Day #3,768: ‘Mr. and Mrs. Hush’ – Elvis Costello

Track seven of Elvis Costello’s Look Now, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Hush’ is one of the most fun songs on the album.

This is the funkiest, grooviest track on Look Now but it doesn’t feel out of place. Costello has a way of skipping through genres on a single album without sacrificing the cohesiveness of the whole. This might be his Imperial Bedroom meets Painted From Memory album, but that doesn’t mean he can’t slip in a little Get Happy!! or Trust.

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Song of the Day #3,767: ‘I Let the Sun Go Down’ – Elvis Costello

Sitting at the midpoint of Elvis Costello’s Look Now, sixth track ‘I Let the Sun Go Down’ is my front-runner for the best song on the album.

It’s also the moment I realized Look Now may well be Costello’s best album since 1986’s King of America and Blood & Chocolate. Bold statement, I know. And while I can make an argument for Spike, Brutal Youth, Momofuku and National Ransom, this album taps the vein of classic Costello in a way none of those releases did.

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Song of the Day #3,766: ‘Unwanted Number’ – Elvis Costello

In track five of Elvis Costello’s Look Now, he continues some of the themes already explored on the record.

‘Unwanted Number’ is the fourth straight song sung from a woman’s perspective and the second that was written more than 20 years ago. Costello first penned this track for the 1996 film Grace of My Heart, a movie about a talented songwriter who is encouraged to record her own songs. The film was based on the early career of Carole King, who co-wrote an earlier song on this album.

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Song of the Day #3,765: ‘Stripping Paper’ – Elvis Costello

‘Stripping Paper,’ track four of Elvis Costello’s Look Now, is my favorite on the album so far. It is top notch both musically and lyrically.

Costello’s songs are often hard to analyze, between the British aphorisms (mostly lost on a Yank like me) and his flights of linguistic fancy. ‘Stripping Paper’ is a refreshing exception, easy to decipher and emotionally resonant.

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Song of the Day #3,764: ‘Burnt Sugar is So Bitter’ – Elvis Costello

Track three of Elvis Costello’s Look Now is another song told from a woman’s perspective. More notable is that it was co-written by one of the great songwriters, man or woman — Carole King.

Costello and King wrote this track 20 years ago and he has played it live over the years, but this is the first time the cut made its way onto an album.

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Song of the Day #3,763: ‘Don’t Look Now’ – Elvis Costello

Continuing my track-by-track appreciation of Elvis Costello’s Look Now

Track two, ‘Don’t Look Now,’ is the first of three songs co-written by Burt Bacharach. This song slams on the brakes after the wild ‘Under Lime’ and takes us back to Painted From Memory territory. That Bacharach collaboration is not among my favorite Costello albums but it does have its charms, and this song does as well.

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