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  • Summary: The first album for Costello with the Imposters since 2008's Momofuku was co-produced Sebastian Krys and features a guest appearance from Burt Bacharach.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Mojo
    Oct 4, 2018
    100
    Look Now bounces with unforced, uncluttered and cleverly fleshed vivacity, every song a cherishable gem. [Nov 2018, p.86]
  2. Oct 12, 2018
    93
    The album is on the elegant side, to be sure, but it’s elegance with a distinct pulse, as the Imposters lean into soulful swing and Costello avoids the outright belting that you either loved or didn’t in the ’90s to do the most nuanced cooing and yelping of his career. ... A great cake of an album that doesn’t really sound that much like any of the 30 before it.
  3. Uncut
    Oct 4, 2018
    80
    An album of tremendous humour and empathy, less a comeback than a considered continuation of an unprecedented career. [Nov 2018, p.22]
  4. Q Magazine
    Oct 4, 2018
    80
    This is high-pedigree pop-soul in the style of Costello's 1982 song Tears Before Bedtime. ... Gostello's lyrics are subtle, penetrating and often written from a woman's perspective. [Nov 2018, p.107]
  5. Oct 18, 2018
    80
    As a collection of tunes, Look Now is a triumph for Costello, a showcase for how he can enliven a mastery of form with a dramatist’s eye. But as an album, Look Now is a success because of the Imposters.
  6. 75
    Look Now is another solid entry into an already healthy and vital body of work. It’s not his absolute best, but it still earns a spot in the meatier part of his iconic recording arc.
  7. Oct 15, 2018
    60
    The album’s title speaks of urgency; its nearest song, Don’t Look Now, details the unwanted advances that bedevil a model. But the episode twinkles a little too prettily for the subject matter.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Oct 21, 2018
    10
    3492838's review of this album is tedious and annoying. Their voice gave me a headache and the choice of verbiage was horrible.
  2. Oct 31, 2018
    10
    I didn’t think I would like it but on my two hour evening walk I listened to it twice and really enjoyed it. Great arrangements and greatI didn’t think I would like it but on my two hour evening walk I listened to it twice and really enjoyed it. Great arrangements and great singing. Usually it’s his singing that’s the weak point for me but this time he does it with finesse. He even manages moments of falsetto, quiet whispers and deep emotion and justified passion. Maybe aging and Diana Krall are good influences not to mention Burt Bacharach. It’s not a rock album, thank the forces that be but there are moments when it rocks. Great horns, piano, bass. If I could see him perform this album in the right setting with the same sound as on the album I would be deeply moved and impressed. Thanks for growing up, boy. You’ve perhaps made your masterpiece. Forty years ago I loved your first. Now I love you again. Expand
  3. Oct 21, 2018
    0
    The album is tedious and annoying. The voices give me a headache and the instrumentals are horrible

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