It would have been easy for Burt Bacharach, arguably the greatest melodicist of the 20th century, to settle into gentle retirement in his eighth decade. Yet he shows no sign of easing off creatively: Painted From Memory, his last effort, was an intermittently great record, spoiled only by Elvis Costello's croaky vocals.
At This Time is similarly fine. Jazzy and smooth in its textures, it summons to mind Donald Fagen at his most chilled, or...
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