How Come You Treat Me Like a Worn Out Shoe?
Richard Hine | 04/30/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's funny to see how ALMOST BLUE still divides Costello fans after all these years. I remember seeing a documentary produced for British TV (Melvyn Bragg's "The South Bank Show") that chronicled Costello and the Attractions' Nashville adventures. Producer Billy Sherrill, after displaying a lot of initial skepticism, responded to Elvis' pumped-up version of "Why Don't You Love Me Like You Used to Do?" with a reaction like -- "Now we're getting somewhere! That's why I took on this project!" (Elvis meanwhile had confessed to the cameras how nervous he was about going into the studio and letting Sherrill hear what he and the gang had done to the track.) Detractors aside, ALMOST BLUE holds up as a classic collection of country covers -- packed with more drinking and heartbreak than most pasty punk rockers could endure -- and the first of many (mostly) successful musical digressions in Costello's illustrious career.
Standout tracks: "Why Don't You Love Me (Like You Used to Do?"), "I'm Your Toy," "Brown to Blue," "A Good Year for the Roses," "How Much I Lied.""