King of America

King of America

by Elvis Costello

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Stripping away much of the excess that cluttered Punch the Clock and Goodbye Cruel World, Elvis Costello returned to his folk-rock and pub rock roots with King of America, creating one of his most affecting and personal records. Costello literally took on the album as a return to roots, billing himself by his given name Declan MacManus and replacing the Attractions with a bunch of L.A. session men (although his old band appears on one cut), who give the album a rootsy but sleek veneer that sounds remarkably charged after the polished affectations of his Langer/Winstanley productions. And not only does the music sound alive, but so do his songs, arguably his best overall set since Trust. Working inside the limits of country, folk, and blues, Costello writes literate, introspective tales of loss, heartbreak, and America that are surprisingly moving -- he rarely got better than "Brilliant Mistake," "Glitter Gulch," "American Without Tears," "Big Light," and "Indoor Fireworks." What separates King of America from the underrated Almost Blue is that Costello's country now sounds lived-in and worn, bringing a new emotional depth to the music, and that helps make it one of his masterpieces.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/01/2007
Label: Hip-O Records
UPC: 0602517260887
catalogNumber: 000863702
Rank: 13012

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elvis Costello   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Jo-El Sonnier   Accordion,French Accordion
James Burton   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar
Steve Nieve   Organ,Piano,Hammond Organ
Jim Keltner   Percussion,Drums,Stick,Brushes
Michael Blair   Percussion,Marimbas,Vibes
Ray Brown   Bass,String Bass
T Bone Burnett   Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Tom Canning   Piano
Mickey Curry   Percussion,Drums,Stick
Mitchell Froom   Organ,Piano,Harpsichord,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
David Hidalgo   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
L.H.C.   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Little Hands of Concrete   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Earl Palmer   Percussion,Drums,Brushes
Jerry Scheff   Bass,Electric Bass,String Bass
Bruce Thomas   Electric Bass,Electric Guitar
Pete Thomas   Drums,Stick
Ron Tutt   Percussion,Drums
T-Bone Wolk   Accordion,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Electric Piano,Vocals,Piano-Accordion

Technical Credits

J.B. Lenoir   Composer
Elvis Costello   Composer,Liner Notes
Bennie Benjamin   Composer
T Bone Burnett   Producer
Larry Hirsch   Producer,Engineer
Cait O'Riordan   Composer
Declan MacManus   Composer,Producer,Sleeve Coordinator
Sol Marcus   Composer
Gloria Caldwell   Composer
Michele Horie   Producer
Larry Kalman Hirsch   Producer
Declan Patrick Aloysius MacManus   Producer
Coward Brothers   Producer

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