Momofuku - Elvis Costello & The Impostors
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  • Summary: Elvis Costello and the Imposters recorded and mixed the album in a week.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. This is easily Costello's most instinctive, least self-conscious record of original songs in over a decade.
  2. Soul ballad 'Flutter & Wow' might be the best of his rare love songs, and harmonies from Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis add elegance to this garagey mix. [23 May 2008, p.122]
  3. 80
    It's not a ballet or a string quartet, but Costello sounding more "Attractions"-like than he has in over 20 years. [Oct 2008, p.83]
  4. Where other reborn acts seem to revel in the sheer formal reconstruction and forget songwriting entirely, Costello gets it backwards and winds up with a listenable record as a result.
  5. Momofuku has glorious fragments and plenty of passion.
  6. Among his sharpest sets in years, Momofuku was first released on double-disc vinyl.
  7. It’s effortfully tossed off; it’s a middling record battling against his built-in high standards.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. ScottS.
    May 10, 2008
    10
    His best album since "When I Was Cruel". I know that's not saying a whole lot as that album came out in 2002. People are always complaining Elvis Costello doesn't make records that sound like his first 4 or 5. Well, this one does, so everyone can shut up. Expand
  2. TomThornton
    May 9, 2008
    8
    Very good stuff. Wasn't really expecting it to be as good as this.
  3. JacksonM.
    May 13, 2008
    8
    A really fresh rocking Elvis album. I'm loving the rhythms and the melodies. Not too long either(although if he'd dropped 'Drum and Bone' and 'Mr Feathers' I'd have give the album 9). Too early to say where it will rank in a career littered with highlights, but definitely the best album I've heard this year. Expand
  4. ImanL.
    May 10, 2008
    7
    There is something so depressing about old rock stars past their prime. Costello, who changed my life with "This Year's Model", makes another predictably iffy rock ordinaire like his opera ordinaire and his jazz ordinaire. Ok here, less so there. It's a sad state of affairs when Jonathan Rice's latest cuts EC at his own game. Expand
  5. scottK
    May 9, 2008
    3
    I wish Elvis had thrown a couple of dollars he got from that Lexus ad towards a producer. This album sounds terrible. The Imposters are one of the greatest bands around but you wouldn't know it from this lazy affair. I bought the Mudcrutch album and it was done live with flubbed vocals and 1st takes, but sounds like a million bucks. What gives? Instead of sounding urgent and alive, it just sounds like Elvis doesn't really care. I guess this wouldn't be such a problem if the songs were great. Nothing here is. Expand