North - Elvis Costello
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

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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. Unlike The Juliet Letters, North never feels like an exercise, nor does it feel like Costello has something to prove.
  3. 80
    North radiates a humanity that wasn't altogether apparent on, say, The Juliet Letters or When I Was Cruel. [Oct 2003, p.104]
  4. North exudes a consistent, subdued beauty that, at times, is almost too delicate to make a true impression.
  5. 70
    It's art music first and pop second. [Oct 2003, p.115]
  6. All very creditable though, for a man who once oozed vitriol, a tad bloodless. [Oct 2003, p.103]
  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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