On that ground, perhaps this will turn out to be the Elvis album for people who know they're supposed to like Elvis, but really mostly don't. Unlike most of his classics, they can put this album on in the background of their nice dinner party with the accountant friend and his wife.
Setting aside a couple of crappy albums of covers, North may eventually rate as the least interesting collection of original songs in Elvis career.
Folks, I'm the original Elvis Costello fan, faithful through new wave and ballads, country and classical. If he can't convince ME that this is worthwhile, then it really ain't much.
Obviously he's (quite understandably) enthralled by his hot jazz singer fiance, but I would have hoped that new love would inspire better songs. Perhaps we'll just have to wait for the tragic breakup for him to get any good songs out of the deal.
On top of which, the CD came with some lame encryption- though that may just be on the downloadable bonus track. For starters, this cost baby brother five minutes of his life cracking that in order to get his copy. Far worse, they're wanting top commercial dollar for a set of recordings ultimately clearly inferior to the mp3 files available on the net for free. In any case, it'd be a waste to spend $15 on disc you're unlikely to want to hear more than a couple of times.
Then there is the bonus download, the title song "North." You have to have a pin number from the cd, and then you have to download a goddam wma format file. This nothing song is SO not worth the bother.
Indeed, you really needn't bother with any of this, though. If you're a big Elvis fan, you'll need to hear this for yourself, I suppose. I recommend that you go to Kazaa and look it up. You should probably start by downloading the last song, "I'm in the Mood Again." It's as good as any of them.