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Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint: The River in Reverse
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Elvis C. hooked up with the legendary New Orleans R&B producer/songwriter/pianist Allen Toussaint and ends up with his strongest album in years. Produced by Joe Henry, the River in Reverse pairs Costello’s long-time band the Attractions with Toussaint’s horn section along with guitarist Anthony Brown for a seamless fusion of rock and soul. Costello is in fine form singing lead, with Toussaint accompanying on piano and backing vocals. The song selection includes seven from Toussaint’s massive catalog and six new songs (one from Costello and five Costello/Toussaint co-writes), many of which reference the devastation from Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. 5/19/2006 - Don Yates