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Download links and information about For the Stars by Elvis Costello, Anne Sofie Von Otter. This album was released in 2001 and it belongs to Pop genres. It contains 18 tracks with total duration of 01:03:34 minutes.

Artist: Elvis Costello, Anne Sofie Von Otter
Release date: 2001
Genre: Pop
Tracks: 18
Duration: 01:03:34
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Tracks

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No. Title Length
1. No Wonder (featuring Svante Henrysson, Bengt Forsberg, Michael Blair, Johan Lindström / Johan Lindstrom, Steve Nieve, Magnus Persson, Mats Schubert) 3:36
2. Baby Plays Around (featuring Svante Henrysson, Bengt Forsberg, Magnus Persson, Paul Whitsun-Jones, Mats Schubert) 3:13
3. Go Leave (featuring Svante Henrysson, Johan Lindström / Johan Lindstrom, Kalle Moraeus, Magnus Persson, Mats Schubert) 2:50
4. Rope (featuring Örjan Högberg / Orjan Hogberg, Jonas Lindgren, Sebastian Öberg / Sebastian Oberg) 3:55
5. Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) (featuring Svante Henrysson, Johan Lindström / Johan Lindstrom, Magnus Persson, Mats Schubert) 3:12
6. Broken Bicycles (Waits) . Junk (McCartney) (featuring Billy Bremner, Svante Henrysson, Benny Andersson, Johan Lindström / Johan Lindstrom, Steve Nieve, Magnus Persson, Mats Schubert) 4:07
7. The Other Woman (featuring Svante Henrysson, Bengt Forsberg, Magnus Persson, Mats Schubert, Bebe Risenfors) 3:34
8. Like an Angel (featuring Benny Andersson, Örjan Högberg / Orjan Hogberg, Jonas Lindgren) 5:00
9. Green Song Based On a Solo Cello Piece By the Cps. (featuring Svante Henrysson, Johan Lindström / Johan Lindstrom, Magnus Persson, Mats Schubert) 4:41
10. April After All (featuring Svante Henrysson, Johan Lindström / Johan Lindstrom, Kalle Moraeus, Magnus Persson, Mats Schubert) 2:51
11. You Still Believe in Me (featuring Svante Henrysson, Michael Blair, Johan Lindström / Johan Lindstrom, Steve Nieve, Magnus Persson, Mats Schubert, Ola Gustafsson) 3:09
12. I Want to Vanish (featuring Svante Henrysson, Michael Blair, Johan Lindström / Johan Lindstrom, Magnus Persson, Mats Schubert, Bebe Risenfors) 2:40
13. For No One (featuring Örjan Högberg / Orjan Hogberg, Jonas Lindgren, Sebastian Öberg / Sebastian Oberg, Mattias Helldén / Mattias Hellden) 2:01
14. Shamed Into Love (featuring Svante Henrysson, Michael Blair, Johan Lindström / Johan Lindstrom, Magnus Persson, Mats Schubert, Bebe Risenfors) 3:46
15. Just a Curio (featuring Johan Lindström / Johan Lindstrom, Örjan Högberg / Orjan Hogberg, Jonas Lindgren, Sebastian Öberg / Sebastian Oberg, Mattias Helldén / Mattias Hellden) 4:18
16. This House Is Empty Now (featuring Svante Henrysson, Paul Pritchard, Steve Nieve, Magnus Persson, Mats Schubert) 4:38
17. Take It With Me (featuring Svante Henrysson, Johan Lindström / Johan Lindstrom, Magnus Persson, Mats Schubert) 3:17
18. For the Stars (featuring Svante Henrysson, Michael Blair, Johan Lindström / Johan Lindstrom, Steve Nieve, Magnus Persson, Mats Schubert, Ola Gustafsson) 2:46

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For the Stars is the kind of record rock critics tend to instinctively praise because they just aren't sure if they get it, and they're afraid to lay themselves on the line. If they pan it, well, they're just junk-addled boors. If they praise it, they risk seeming uninformed, since they don't really know if it works as a classical work or not. The thing to remember is, that these kind of rock/classical crossovers belong to neither realm. They exist outside of both worlds, which is their charm and their curse. This is what plagued The Juliet Letters, Elvis Costello's 1993 collaboration with the Brodsky Quartet, which managed to delicately walk the line between chamber music and baroque pop. For the Stars, a collaboration with opera vocalist Anne Sofie von Otter, is more accessible, yet it isn't as successful, largely because its mannerisms are front and center. This is a deliberately "classy" project, pitched squarely at the NPR audience — the very audience that embraced Painted From Memory because it helped put Bacharach in the context of the great composers. This won't likely do the same for von Otter, because its execution is a little haphazard, even if it is exactly what the two planned. For the Stars winds through a number of pop songs, ranging from new Costello songs to pop standards, from old Elvis favorites to covers of the Beach Boys, Paul McCartney, Ron Sexsmith, ABBA, and Tom Waits. Most of this is executed in a manner similar to The Juliet Letters, finding a middle ground between classicist pop and chamber music without bowing to the conventions of either. Above all, this is frequently interesting music, but that's not really the same thing as compelling. It's easy to appreciate the passion and craft behind this music, but it often feels unfulfilled, even when it feels complete. This is not the fault of either musician — von Otter's performances are always impassioned, Costello's few vocals are strong, the selection of material always makes sense, and the production is suitably understated. Still, this is a record that clicks cerebrally, not emotionally, and while it has its own character, it's hard to envision fans of either artist returning to it all that often. [A Japanese version added a bonus track.]