Brutal Youth: Elvis Costello Grapples with Growing Up on His Electrifying New Record

Brutal Youth: Elvis Costello Grapples with Growing Up on His Electrifying New Record

Brutal Youth: Elvis Costello Grapples with Growing Up on His Electrifying New Record Right or wrong, rock 'n' roll music — any old way you choose it — is traditionally associated with youth. So it stands to reason that Elvis Costello's most uproariously raucous album in many a year explores the tumultuous transition between adolescence and adulthood. The Boy Named If, out Friday, certainly bears a strong resemblance to the angsty-yet-articulate 22-year-old permanently etched in the grooves of his 1977 debut, My Aim Is True. But this, his 32nd disc, is far from a nostalgia trip. Rather, it's a return to the scene of the crime, the moment when one receives those grievous emotional injuries we spend the rest of our lives trying to reconcile. According to Costello, the 13 …
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