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Only months after his initial conquest with My Aim Is True, Elvis Costello delivered an even fiercer diatribe. His first record with the long-running Attractions, 1978's This Year's Model remains one of that blistering rock year's most indelible albums. Orwellian even when not directly alluding to the great man (a sly nod to 1984 on "Living in Paradise"), the 22-year-old and band crashed through the raging anti-party of "Pump It Up" ("When you don't really need it"), the perverted Spectorisms of "Hand in Hand," the punk manifesto "Radio, Radio," and the stylishly anti-fashion "This Year's Girl" (in the season of Suzanne Somers, no less) with no less force than the Clash. Probably his greatest, most elegantly imagined and rendered long-player. The bonus tracks on Rhino's 2002 edition include an "Alison"-style take on Costello's country ballad "Stranger in the House" and a cover of the Damned's "Neat Neat Neat," both early proof of the new king's adeptness at outfitting his sets with conceptually brilliant surprises. --Rickey Wright --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This second album by Elvis Costello is far better than My Aim is True, in my opinion. The tunes are more immediate with much more of a pop flavour whilst the music is also more... Read morePublished on July 23 2006 by Peter Uys
Everything about this album screams perfection. From the catchy yet complex lyrics about love and lust to the tight musicianship by the Attractions. Mr. Read morePublished on May 30 2004 by Evan Korte
Not much left to say on this record. A must-have. Rhino's remastering job is excellent and pushes the treble up more than the Rykodisc versions. Read morePublished on Dec 4 2003 by James Bunnelle
What you have here is Elvis at the top of his game, both in song writing, and musically - making this release a classic and essential recording. Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2003 by Damian P. Gadal
A Punk Rock Singer/Songwriter? Sounds highly contradictory, but Elvis Costello started his career as just that. Read morePublished on Oct. 15 2003 by M. Jordan