Weekly Vinyl – Elvis

16 Dec

Armed Forces
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
(1979)
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Elvis Costello is a great songwriter.
I could finish the review just with that statement, but that would not be fair.
I heard about Costello just as his first album was making it big. It was also but a few weeks after Elvis Presley died. I’ve always been surprised that the “Elvis is still alive” conspiracy people have not made that connection.
This is his third album – he made a bunch in quick succession early in his career – and it quite interesting as it is a bit more lush and arranged than his previous works that to my mind were a bit sparser.
There are good songs here – Costello commenting about the world in Oliver’s Army or relationships – Accidents will Happen.
A great album from a great songwriter.

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