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As promised, Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach's long-awaited full-length collaboration Painted from Memory bears the hallmarks of Bacharach's classic '60s work with the likes of Dionne Warwick--full-force melodies, traditional pop instrumentation, clever and occasionally pained lyrics. It finds the pair reveling in their gifts on a dozen tracks that range from concise under-three-minute gems to sprawling art songs. The result is a set of instant classics that stand head and shoulders above much of Costello's '90s recordings. --Rickey Wright
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from BROOKLYN, NY
Reviewed on 3/5/2011...
for people who love both good songwriting and Costello, this joint venture between the classic Bacharach style and arrangements, and Costello's wit and melodic and lyrical gifts, is a must-have. every song is well-crafted and thoughtful, many are poignant and memorable. the only slight downside is that there is a similarity between most of the compositions that leaves the package lacking in variety. even still, with every song so well-honed, it's a new favorite of mine.
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(ender) from SCOTTSBURG, IN
Reviewed on 9/21/2006...
Costello and Bacharach!
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CA of OZ | Australia | 03/23/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I only come across this album recently. this is an album that has to be listened to a few times before you like it. After 3-5 listens. I just want to repeat and repeat. It's a great album. Hope more like this. Bucharach is a master.Long live Bucharach."
Like fine wine...
Robert F. Dobbin | oakland ca | 04/12/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, reviewers calling it "Bacharach's music", implicitly relegating Costello to Hal David's replacement, miss the point. It's Bacharach's music because his classic style is revived. Costello contributed music as well as the lyrics--not to mention the vocals. Sorry if this is to belabor the obvious.
The only thing I have to add is that familiarity gained by repeated listenings provoke not contempt but greater commendation. It's like Get Happy, for those old enough to remember that collection of songs that grew on you on like a benign fungus. I liked such unlikely lovers and the long division right off. But it's the tracks on the first "side" that I particularly relish now--mainly because of the chewy lyrics. this one's a keeper in one more ways than one."