Elvis Costello – Pomp & Pout: The Universal Years (Universal Music Canada)

You know, Elvis Costello has rarely ever let me down. The material compiled here shows that he remains as essential today as he was almost thirty years ago. Covering his output between 1998 and 2008, Costello shows he can still rock with the best of them on Stella Hurt, Monkey To Man and Bedlam while the bittersweet pop of This House Is Empty Now, God Give Me Strength and Country Darkness are beautiful contrasts to those rowdier moments. Here’s to another fruitful ten years, Mr. Costello.