The Delivery Man is Costello’s finest album since When I Was Cruel. It is his first album with his touring band the Imposters. He has several excellent duets with Lucinda Williams on “There’s a Story In Your Voice” and Emmylou Harris on “Heart Shaped Bruise” and “The Scarlet Tide.” The album was recorded on Ryan Adams’ label of choice Lost Highway Records, which seems to be steeped in the country and folk orientated artists.
I finally picked up The Patti Smith Group’s seminal Easter album, that has the Springsteen penned “Because the Night” and Smith powerful tour de force almost equal to that of “Horses” on the brilliant album of the same name: “Rock And Roll Nigger” and “Babelogue.”
I can’t say that Bloc Party’s Silent Spring did much for me. They have been getting a lot of press attention and have been grouped with the likes of Franz Ferdinand and The Kaiser Chiefs, but the Robert Smith influenced vocals and dissonant keyboard sound leaves me cold. Of all the 80s Britpop I think The Smiths trump The Cure every time.