All These Useless Ballads | Reviewer: Kevin McCready | 2/20/09

While this record contains some of Elvis's best lyrics, the music here feels a bit too dainty and precious. Complicated Shadows and Shallow Grave rock as hard as anything he's done, but why hold back one of the most propulsive backing bands of all time (The Attractions) in lieu of a restrained set of mostly dour meditations.