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Elvis Costello sets his not-really-for-kids children’s book to music from the Imposters Insider 2021 Sip Savor Give Guide 2021

Elvis Costello sets his not-really-for-kids children’s book to music from the Imposters Insider 2021 Sip Savor Give Guide 2021

Elvis Costello has joined ranks with other musicians at certain stages of their careers who try their hand at writing books for children. But where others might offer solo acoustic music to accompany their words, Costello goes big for The Boy Named If (Capitol Records), bringing his Imposters band along for 13 tracks that only occasionally synchronize with the book. Although the musicians all recorded tracks independently to comply with ever-changing COVID restrictions, the band sounds dynamic and fresh for this one-of-a-kind studio outing.

Not surprisingly, the tracks that do the most to support the not-really-for-kids book, including the title track and “The Difference,” seem liveliest and most on-cue. There are few moments that drag in the suite of songs, but it’s fair to say that even when the beats are strident and the music is layered, the riffs rarely match the ear candy of Costello’s 1970s/’80s work. But hey, when Grandpa Elvis can give us literature and more than a dozen rocking tunes, that’s still a fine accomplishment.

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