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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Stripping away much of the excess that cluttered Punch the Clock and Goodbye Cruel World, Elvis Costello returned to his folk-rock and pub rock roots with King of America, creating one of his most affecting and personal records. Costello literally took on the album as a return to roots, billing himself by his given name Declan MacManus and replacing the Attractions with a bunch of L.A. session men although his old band appears on one cut, who give the album a rootsy but sleek veneer that sounds remarkably charged after the polished affectations of his Langer/Winstanley productions. And not only does the music sound alive, but so do his songs, arguably his best ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Stripping away much of the excess that cluttered Punch the Clock and Goodbye Cruel World, Elvis Costello returned to his folk-rock and pub rock roots with King of America, creating one of his most affecting and personal records. Costello literally took on the album as a return to roots, billing himself by his given name Declan MacManus and replacing the Attractions with a bunch of L.A. session men although his old band appears on one cut, who give the album a rootsy but sleek veneer that sounds remarkably charged after the polished affectations of his Langer/Winstanley productions. And not only does the music sound alive, but so do his songs, arguably his best overall set since Trust. Working inside the limits of country, folk, and blues, Costello writes literate, introspective tales of loss, heartbreak, and America that are surprisingly moving -- he rarely got better than "Brilliant Mistake," "Glitter Gulch," "American Without Tears," "Big Light," and "Indoor Fireworks." What separates King of America from the underrated Almost Blue is that Costello's country now sounds lived-in and worn, bringing a new emotional depth to the music, and that helps make it one of his masterpieces.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/1/2007
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 602517260887
  • Catalog Number: 000863702
  • Sales rank: 71,009

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvis Costello Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Jo-El Sonnier Accordion, French Accordion
James Burton Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Steve Nieve Organ, Piano, Hammond Organ
Jim Keltner Percussion, Drums, Stick, Brushes
Michael Blair Percussion, Marimbas, Vibes
Ray Brown Bass, String Bass
T Bone Burnett Electric Bass, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Tom Canning Piano
Mickey Curry Percussion, Drums, Stick
Mitchell Froom Organ, Piano, Harpsichord, Keyboards, Hammond Organ
David Hidalgo Vocals, Vocal Harmony
L.H.C. Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Little Hands of Concrete Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Earl Palmer Percussion, Drums, Brushes
Jerry Scheff Bass, Electric Bass, String Bass
Bruce Thomas Electric Bass, Electric Guitar
Pete Thomas Drums, Stick
Ron Tutt Percussion, Drums
T-Bone Wolk Accordion, Electric Bass, Electric Guitar, Electric Piano, Vocals, Piano-Accordion
Technical Credits
J.B. Lenoir Composer
Elvis Costello Composer, Liner Notes
Bennie Benjamin Composer
T Bone Burnett Producer
Dan Hersch Mastering
Larry Hirsch Producer, Engineer
Cait O'Riordan Composer
Coward Brothers Producer
Declan MacManus Composer, Producer, Sleeve Coordinator
Sol Marcus Composer
Gloria Caldwell Composer
Michele Horie Producer
Larry Kalman Hirsch Producer
Declan Patrick Aloysius MacManus Producer
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