“Elvis Costello takes fans for a songbook spin in Royal Oak”

The Oakland Press: Gary Graff: 21st June, 2011

Highlights included an emotive “I Want You,” “Doll Revolution,” “So Like Candy” (one of several songs Costello’s co-written with Paul McCartney), “New Lace Sleeves” and “Pills and Soap.” During one of the encores, meanwhile, he dipped into his recent Americana-flavored releases for the swinging “Sulphur to Sugarcane.”

As iconoclastic as he is iconic, Costello’s never been one to follow any sort of rules throughout his career. On Monday in Royal Oak, he continued to do it strictly on his own terms — which proved to be the best way indeed.


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