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Elvis Costello: Almost Blue (Columbia FC37562)

Jon Young, Trouser Press, February 1982

WHY SHOULDN'T Elvis Costello make a country album? An accomplished dilettante, he's previously drawn from such diverse sources as Tin Pan Alley ('My Funny Valentine') and '60s R&B (Get Happy!!) with reasonable success; in the future he'll no doubt find other unlikely creative outlets. 'Stranger in the House' showed that Costello can pen an orthodox country tune without sacrificing his flair for depicting interpersonal strife.

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