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All This Useless Beauty


Download links and information about All This Useless Beauty by Elvis Costello & The Attractions. This album was released in 1996 and it belongs to Rock, Pop, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist genres. It contains 12 tracks with total duration of 47:57 minutes.

Artist: Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Release date: 1996
Genre: Rock, Pop, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist
Tracks: 12
Duration: 47:57
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No. Title Length
1. The Other End of the Telescope 4:06
2. Little Atoms 3:56
3. All This Useless Beauty 4:37
4. Complicated Shadows 4:43
5. Why Can't a Man Stand Alone? 3:14
6. Distorted Angel 4:31
7. Shallow Grave 2:01
8. Poor Fractured Atlas 3:58
9. Starting to Come to Me 2:43
10. You Bowed Down 4:54
11. It's Time 5:58
12. I Want to Vanish 3:16



When Elvis Costello isn’t busy writing songs for himself, he apparently relaxes by writing songs for other people. This obsessive-compulsive streak has led him to many genres and made even his lesser works worthy of contemplation. All This Useless Beauty is a collection of spare parts, songs written for others, songs co-written with others (Aimee Mann, Paul McCartney), and songs that never made it on to proper albums — except by using the Attractions as his back-up band, the spare parts become a cohesive whole. From the first drum whacks behind “The Other End of the Telescope,” a tune co-written with Aimee Mann, it’s clear this will be a tight collection of performances. There really is no such thing as a toss-off from Costello. “Complicated Shadows,” written with Johnny Cash in mind, is an eerie warning. “Why Can’t a Man Stand Alone?,” written with Sam Moore in mind, pleads its case with conviction. And the title track, “You Bowed Down” and “Poor Fractured Atlas” may never serve up the hungry, desperate edge of his earliest work, but the man can still turn a phrase and slash out a chord.