Elvis Costello wrote, recorded and toured relentlessly throughout the late 1970s and '80s. Then, he took an extended break before closing out the '80s with this expansive collection. An all-star supporting cast helps give each song a unique sound. There's Merseyside rock ("Veronica," with Paul McCartney, remains Costello's highest charting U.S. single) and Tom Waits-style sonic experimentation and openhearted ballads. The one-time New Wave outsider had become a "mature" artist, and such numbers as "Deep Dark Truthful Mirror," "Chewing Gum" and "Baby Plays Around" rank with the finest of his career.