The River In Reverse - Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint
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  • Summary: The British musician teams with legendary New Orleans songwriter and producer Allen Toussaint for this mix of covers and new material.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
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  1. 90
    This is a great record for and about New Orleans and one of the best the two men have ever made. [Jun 2006, p.96]
  2. Costello can still oversing and overwrite... But even when he threatens to turn baroque, as in ''Broken Promise Land,'' Toussaint rescues him.
  3. The River In Reverse's soulful arrangements and warm textures are no surprise. [Jul 2006, p.113]
  4. An urgent, soulful collection.
  5. It's the master's steady, rollicking piano that elevates the music -- and keeps the ever-elusive Costello honest.
  6. Mr. Toussaint's florid yet precise New Orleans piano, the way he can make a horn section laugh or sigh, and the stubborn idealism and canny humor of his songs temper Mr. Costello's convoluted earnestness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6