Elvis Costello - The Delivery Man
Well, when this album was released in 2004, it was easy to find plenty of reviews where hip and aging rock critics turned an easy phrase and simply declared that Elvis Costello delivered again. And I guess in some fashion he did. The Delivery Man isn't terrible or anything, but it's getting a bit tiring that every time E.C. stops messing with show tunes and other tin pan alley rubbish he's delved into recently, we get to read a "return to form" review. While his last rock album (the great When I Was Cruel) certainly lived up to that billing, The Delivery Man just proves that Elvis Costello still has enough talent to knock out a punchy rock record in his sleep. Unfortunately, this time it sounds as if he's done exactly that.
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