Concert review: Elvis Costello and the Imposters play the Borgata Casino, Atlantic City, April 23rd.
Elvis Costello burst onto the stage in Atlantic City last week and launched into his first song - track #1 from his debut album "My Aim is True" - "Welcome to the Working Week." If it was meant to invoke EC's punk years, the effect faded away as Elvis segued into a series of songs from his latest CD, "The Delivery Man" which are more down-tempo and country-oriented.
While Costello worked through his vast song catalog with a lot of vigor, the concert seemed oddly stunted as if an awkward transaction was being completed. Elvis had almost no banter for the audience and after his normal show closer of "Pump It Up" he never left the stage and just followed-up with what can only be called a "rolling encore."
Then it was done and the lights came up. Um...OK. Good night.