When I Was Cruel

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When I Was Cruel
Studio album by Elvis Costello
Released 23 April 2002
Recorded 2001–2002
Genre Alternative rock
Length 62:53
Label Island (USA)
Mercury (UK)
Producer Elvis Costello, Ciaran Cahill, Leo Pearson, Kieran Lynch
Elvis Costello chronology
The Very Best of Elvis Costello
(2001)
When I Was Cruel
(2002)
Cruel Smile
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
BBC (Negative) [2]
Dusted Magazine (not rated) [3]
Pitchfork Media (8.0/10) [4]

When I Was Cruel is Elvis Costello's 19th album, recorded in 2001 and 2002 and released in the US by Island Records on 23 April 2002. Although officially a solo Costello album, this was the first album to feature his new band, The Imposters, whose only difference from his previous band, The Attractions, was the replacement of bassist Bruce Thomas, with whom Costello had feuded, with Davey Faragher (formerly of Cracker). The album includes the hits "45" and "15 Petals".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Elvis Costello.

  1. "45" – 3:33
  2. "Spooky Girlfriend" – 4:22
  3. "Tear Off Your Own Head (It's a Doll Revolution)" – 3:31
  4. "When I Was Cruel No. 2" – 7:06 (featuring a sample from Mina's "Un bacio è troppo poco")
  5. "Soul for Hire" – 3:55
  6. "15 Petals" – 4:01
  7. "Tart" – 4:03
  8. "Dust 2..." – 3:21
  9. "Dissolve" – 2:22
  10. "Alibi" – 6:42
  11. "...Dust" – 3:03
  12. "Daddy Can I Turn This?" – 3:41
  13. "My Little Blue Window" – 3:10
  14. "Episode of Blonde" – 5:01
  15. "Radio Silence" – 4:58

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • The song "45" is about being 45 years old, like Costello at the time it was written. (The song also features Costello's penchant for multiple meanings, referencing the year 1945, .45 caliber pistols, and 45 rpm records.)
  • When the album was released, promotional materials billed it as Costello's "FIRST LOUD ALBUM SINCE 199?".

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
2002 The Billboard 200 20
2002 Billboard Top Internet Albums 50

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