North

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  • Summary: 'North' is a song cycle of piano-based ballads dealing with the ups and downs romance--both the ending of one releationship and the subsequent beginning of a new love.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Feels like a mash note to autumnal Manhattan. [26 Sep 2003, p.93]
  2. Costello stays away from pop hooks here, concentrating instead on a tentative but engaging marriage of words and melody.
  3. North moves with an inevitable constancy, and could have perhaps benefited from one or two more upbeat tracks. But such consistency is certainly a forgivable flaw, especially when it's done as elegantly and earnestly as presented here.
  4. All very creditable though, for a man who once oozed vitriol, a tad bloodless. [Oct 2003, p.103]
  5. 70
    It's art music first and pop second. [Oct 2003, p.115]
  6. North exudes a consistent, subdued beauty that, at times, is almost too delicate to make a true impression.
  7. 20
    Arid and mannered. [Nov 2003, p.112]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. dariusw
    Sep 26, 2004
    10
    My fave EC record of recent years....Sam K is a fool
  2. AndrewR
    Sep 23, 2003
    9
    Costello can hardly be accused of conforming to expectations: this subtle and quietly moving album probably represents the closest he has Costello can hardly be accused of conforming to expectations: this subtle and quietly moving album probably represents the closest he has ever come to optimism. It takes a little time for its intricacies to take full effect, but it's definitely an album that rewards a little patience and effort. Quietly moving, in it's own, introspective way... Expand
  3. ChuckR
    Oct 22, 2003
    9
    Few faults to find with this. Repeated listening makes it even more endearing, like the greatest Costello records.
  4. JeanneP
    Oct 8, 2003
    8
    This is a difficult and complex work. It's akin to a ballet or a piece of artwork - at first glance, simple, but the layers of emotion This is a difficult and complex work. It's akin to a ballet or a piece of artwork - at first glance, simple, but the layers of emotion and technical perfection become clearer and clearer. Expand
  5. samk
    Oct 26, 2003
    4
    A bit of a shocker. Lyrically and musically unappealing, Costello's voice is rudely exposed on this record.

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