Elvis Costello & The Impostors / Look Now
Bassist Davey Faragher, a fine player, has the unenviable task of following Bruce Thomas in Declan’s regular backing ensemble, aptly dubbed The Imposters as compared to The Attractions. To my ears, when the mirthless McManus shed Bruce, it coincided with a rather noticeable slump in songwriting as his catchy tunes gave way to mostly vitriolic tone-poems. Look Now (2018) is actually worth a repeated listen. Costello & The Imposters have finally forged an identity. Aural references to Imperial Bedroom abound, and Faragher abandons the pocket on several occasions for a countermelody or two or three or four…. which certainly echo (dare is say “appropriate”) his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame predecessor. Thomas would have been masterful on this song-cycle. Perhaps I’ll head to the Bass Centre on my next trip to London, purchase a Bruce Thomas Profile Bass (in salmon pink, no less), and give it a shot!