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Thursday, June 15, 2006

BAND OF THE WEEK: Elvis Costello & Allen Touissaint

Okay, so I know that ELVIS COSTELLO and ALLEN TOUISSAINT aren't technically a band, but their collaboration on the new album, THE RIVER IN REVERSE is truly worth noting. Elvis Costello can basically do no wrong in my book, but his previous collaborations have been either hit (EMMYLOU HARRIS) or miss (BURT BACHARACH). Teaming up with New Orleans singer/songwriter Touissant is definitely a hit. Songs range from rattling dance hits (TEARS AND MORE TEARS) to jazz based ballads (BROKEN PROMISE LAND) to mournful dixie battle cries (WHO'S GONNA HELP A BROTHER GET FURTHER?). The result is a musical version of a cool glass of lemonade on a hot summer day to sip on your porch swing.

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