Costello & Nieve

Just when you already had more Useless Beauty than you could throw a stick at, Elvis Costello and ivory tickler Steve Nieve revive 11 of that woefully ignored album’s gems — plus another 16 oldies — in a live album spread over five EPs, recorded in as many cities. (The format duplicates a fall series of promo-only CDs, now boxed in a limited edition.) Covering Bacharach or the Dead or mostly just acting as his own most puckish reinterpreter, Costello & Nieve combines classic pop grace and late-century spite like no other contender, making this two-hour Big McManus attack the best Unplugged never to carry MTV’s name.

Costello & Nieve
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