When I Was Cruel

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When I Was Cruel
Elvis Costello - When I Was Cruel.jpg
Studio album by Elvis Costello
Released 23 April 2002
Recorded 2001–2002
Genre Alternative rock
Length 62:53
Label Island, Mercury
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
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 76/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
Blender 4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly A[4]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[5]
Los Angeles Times 4/4 stars[6]
NME 6/10[7]
Pitchfork Media 8.0/10[8]
Q 3/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[10]
Spin 7/10[11]

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. The album includes the hits "45" and "15 Petals".

Although formally credited as solo Costello album, this was the first album to feature his new band, The Imposters. Their only difference from his previous band, The Attractions (active 1978-87, and 1994-96), was the replacement of bassist Bruce Thomas, with whom Costello had feuded, with Davey Faragher (formerly of Cracker).

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reviews for When I Was Cruel by Elvis Costello". Metacritic. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "When I Was Cruel – Elvis Costello". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Aizlewood, John. "Elvis Costello: When I Was Cruel". Blender. Archived from the original on 4 February 2005. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Browne, David (22 April 2002). "When I Was Cruel". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  5. ^ Petridis, Alexis (12 April 2002). "Still snarling after all these years". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "Many Happy Returns to Form". Los Angeles Times. 21 April 2002. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  7. ^ Mulvey, John (20 April 2002). "Elvis Costello : When I Was Cruel". NME. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  8. ^ Bryant, Will (5 May 2002). "Elvis Costello: When I Was Cruel". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "Elvis Costello: When I Was Cruel". Q (189): 111. April 2002. 
  10. ^ Walters, Barry (9 May 2002). "When I Was Cruel". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  11. ^ Berrett, Jesse (May 2002). "Elvis Costello: When I Was Cruel". Spin 18 (5): 118. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 

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