All This Useless Beauty

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Following his second covers album, Kojak Variety, Elvis Costello set out to assemble a collection of songs he had written for other artists but never recorded himself -- sort of a reverse covers album. As it turned out, that idea was only used as a launching pad -- the resulting album, All This Useless Beauty, is a mixture of nine old and three new songs. Given its origins, it's surprising that the record holds together as well as it does. The main strength of All This Useless Beauty is the quality of the individual songs -- each song can stand on its own as an individual entity, as the music is as sharp as the lyrics. Although the music is certainly eclectic, ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Following his second covers album, Kojak Variety, Elvis Costello set out to assemble a collection of songs he had written for other artists but never recorded himself -- sort of a reverse covers album. As it turned out, that idea was only used as a launching pad -- the resulting album, All This Useless Beauty, is a mixture of nine old and three new songs. Given its origins, it's surprising that the record holds together as well as it does. The main strength of All This Useless Beauty is the quality of the individual songs -- each song can stand on its own as an individual entity, as the music is as sharp as the lyrics. Although the music is certainly eclectic, it's accessible, which wasn't the case with Mighty Like a Rose. Furthermore, the production is more textured and punchier than Mitchell Froom's botched job on Brutal Youth. All This Useless Beauty doesn't quite add up to a major statement, but the simple pleasures it offers makes it one of the more rewarding records of the latter part of Costello's career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/14/1996
  • Label: Warner Bros Uk
  • UPC: 093624619826
  • Catalog Number: 246198

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvis Costello & the Attractions Primary Artist, Track Performer
Elvis Costello Indexed Contributor, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Celeste, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Performing Ensemble, Slide Guitar
The Attractions Track Performer
Steve Nieve Piano, Keyboards, Performing Ensemble
Sleeper Track Performer
Roy Babbington Double Bass
Ian Belton Violin
The Brodsky Quartet Ensemble
Paul Cassidy Viola
Bruce Thomas Bass
Jacqueline Thomas Cello
Pete Thomas Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Bass Clarinet, Drums
Ruth Causey Clarinet
Michael Thomas Violin
Pete Whyman Bass Clarinet
Technical Credits
Elvis Costello Producer, Orchestration
Paul McCartney Composer
Steve Nieve Orchestration, drum programming
Sleeper Arranger, Producer
The Brodsky Quartet Contributor
Geoff Emerick Producer, Engineer
Jon Jacobs Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Paul Motian Engineer
Declan MacManus Composer
Matt MacManus Contributor
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