Friday, May 24, 2024

(Listen) Elvis Costello’s “Farewell, OK” Is the Sensational Lead Single from His New 4 Star Album


Elvis Costello’s “The Boy Named If” arrives next Friday, the first single appears today. “Farewell, OK” is the lead off track on what I think is a 4 star album. What makes this all so exciting is that Costello’s “Look Now,” which won a Grammy two years ago, isn’t very old and there was a very good album in between “(“Hey Clockface”).

But “The Boy Named If” is like an explosion of pop rock talent that you’d expect from a 22 year old, not a 67 year old with a 25 year career. The songs aren’t just catchy or wildly well produced, they’re keepers. The band, the Imposters, is at its zenith. (This is the kind of album you want to put in your car and drive to constantly. It also sounds amazing off a phone with great headphones.)

The remaining FM rock stations don’t want to play new music by older artists. But every classic rock station in the country should play “Farewell OK.” They might get some ratings.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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