Elvis Costello Billy Altman - Essay

Billy Altman

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Budding Costellogians are already filing away the chorus from "Clean Money" ("You won't take my love for tender") [on Taking Liberties] and, more importantly, the various references to currency—cash and/or plastic—abounding through such songs as "Sunday's Best" and "Crawling To The U.S.A." ("Attach me to your credit card and then you can undress me"). Shrewd devil that he is, Costello keeps everyone on their toes throughout most of his songs … and if you blink, you're apt to miss some of the cliche twisting and punning that are becoming his trademarks. For me, on this album, the most interesting things crop up where you'd least expect them, like Rodgers and Hart's "My Funny Valentine" (Get Happy!!...

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