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Elvis Costello: Brutal Youth

Stuart Maconie, Q, April 1994

A PERFORMER as singular as Elvis Costello invites any number of critical perspectives and, needless to say, few gain his approval. Still, here's one. Through the late '70s and early '80s, Costello was the nonpareil among British songwriters with waspish, witty and memorable songs.

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