When I Was Cruel
Label: Island Mercury
After eight years of working on interesting pop and avant-garde collaborations, Costello returns to spiky rock with this merrily rude outing. Instead of comparing this to earlier works like This Year's Model just enjoy cuts such as "Spooky Girlfriend" and "Episode of Blonde" on their own merits. The title track, which our hero observes a posh wedding, is a stunner.