Elvis Costello thinks rock has lost its “roll”

Modern rock has a lot of fans, but don’t count Elvis Costello among them.

rolling stone asked Costello for his thoughts on today’s musical climate and what appeals to him — or not. “I don’t like rock music very much,” he said. “I love rock ‘n’ roll. I think if you lose the roll part, a lot of the fun goes away.”

Costello just released one of the most anticipated rock albums of 2022, A boy named if. But he struggled to name another he can’t wait to hear.

“When people ask me, ‘What’s your favorite record? “I don’t usually name any electric guitar records made in the last 30 years because the beat is so square,” Costello explained. “I like things that float a little or swing a little, whether it’s rock & roll or real swinging jazz, or even the way Hank Williams records the lope.”

The 67-year-old noted that his grandfather was a trumpet player and was always careful not to criticize other musicians. “I’m trying to follow his lead a little better these days and not be so critical of everyone – but you can’t love everything.”

Costello plans to launch a 13-show European tour later this summer. Beyond A boy named if, he also completed some new songs with Burt Bacharach, with whom Costello recorded the 1998 UK Top 40 hit. painted from memory.

Even at age 93, “Bacharach’s focus is not dampened,” Costello recently told the Guardian. “He’ll say, ‘Elvis, in bar six you’re singing the wrong melody’.”

So everyone has their detractors.

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