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This Year's Model (Vinyl) [Limited Edition, Import]

Elvis Costello LP Record
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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With his second album, Elvis Costello firmly established himself as one of rock's--not just punk/new wave's--premier singer-songwriters. Building on the promise of his '77 debut, My Aim Is True, Costello put together a backing touring trio, the Attractions (keyboardist Steve Nieve, bassist Bruce Thomas, and drummer Pete Thomas), and their versatility helped Costello define himself as a punk-fuelled power-pop force. Sporting influences ranging from Bob Dylan (the stream-of-consciousness "Pump It Up") to Burt Bacharach (the Dusty Springfield-worthy "Little Triggers"), this '78-released collection also features such righteously angry anthems as the anti-conformist "This Year's Girl," and the anti-MOR classic, "Radio Radio." --Billy Altman

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fall in to submission, hit and run transmission. Dec 31 2003
Format:Audio CD
If "My Aim Is True" landed on the music scene like a stick of dynamite with the fuse lit, "This Year's Model" was the explosion that came after. Elvis' first album with the Attractions more than lived up to its predecessor, in that having a working band behind him matched the music to the blunt force of the songs.
Once again, it is the stark voice of EC that opened the album as he ominously intones "I don't wannna kiss you, I don't wanna touch." When the players kick in, it's a whole 'nother world from "My Aim Is True," and for the first time, "new wave" had a front man. Before this album had been released, one of the central songs had made headlines. Elvis' broadside at narrow-format broadcasting, "Radio Radio," was performed in such a bizarre fashion on Saturday Night Live that he was effectively banned from the show for almost a decade and made this (then) seventeen year-old a fan for life. That performance sealed a decision for me to get into radio and make artists like Elvis accessible to listeners. When I was fortunate enough to tell him this many years later, Elvis kindly autographed a ragged poster of "Armed Forces" "Don't blame me."
Personal nostalgia aside, this double disc version "This Year's Model" contains all the songs that comprised the original US and UK versions and the original UK artwork. These are some of the songs by which EC is measured, like "Radio Radio," "Pump it Up" and "The Beat." The Attractions' playing was melody driven in addition to frenetic, a perfect compliment to Elvis' brilliant lyrics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fall in to submission, hit and run transmission Dec 31 2003
Format:Audio CD
If "My Aim Is True" landed on the music scene like a stick of dynamite with the fuse lit, "This Year's Model" was the explosion that came after. Elvis' first album with the Attractions more than lived up to its predecessor, in that having a working band behind him matched the music to the blunt force of the songs.
Once again, it is the stark voice of EC that opened the album as he ominously intones "I don't wannna kiss you, I don't wanna touch." When the players kick in, it's a whole 'nother world from "My Aim Is True," and for the first time, "new wave" had a front man. Before this album had even been released, one of the central songs had made headlines. Elvis' broadside at narrow-format broadcasting, "Radio Radio," was performed in such a bizarre fashion on Saturday Night Live that he was effectively banned from the show for almost a decade and made this (then) seventeen year-old a fan for life. That performance sealed a decision for me to get into radio and make artists like Elvis accessible to listeners. When I was fortunate enough to tell him this many years later, Elvis kindly autographed a ragged poster of "Armed Forces," "Don't blame me."
Personal nostalgia aside, this double disc version "This Year's Model" contains all the songs that comprised the original US and UK versions and the original UK artwork. These are some of the songs by which EC is measured, like "Radio Radio," "Pump it Up" and "The Beat." The Attractions' playing was melody driven in addition to frenetic, a perfect compliment to Elvis' brilliant lyrics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 10 out of 10 for the first two albums... Dec 25 2003
Format:Audio CD
While I absolutely LOVE "My Aim Is True," I honestly think this album is a bit more than an iota better. While in modern days, his light may have been dimmed quite a bit, back in the day Elvis Costello was an immense luminary, a visionary. He saw what he liked; he wrote about it. He saw what he disliked; he wrote about it. He even took on corporate music and the radio with "Radio, Radio," playing it on Saturday Night Live in protest of his record company's indefatigable requests to play "Less Than Zero" (a solid good song, mind you, but overplayed).
Then there's the opener, "No Action" covers a relationship that is more like a game, where at least one person is not sure what the real terms of the relationship are, and the other just wants the unsure member to go away. Meanwhile, on a completely different note, "Pump It Up" (with its powerful, repetitive guitar and organ chords) takes a stand against doing things in excess. "Pump it up until you can feel it, pump it up when you don't really need it."
If you're a real music fan, you'll own this and "My Aim Is True."
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Costello's second album, This Year's Model, took the potential shown in 1977's classic My Aim Is True and ran with it. Elvis Costello's punk sensibility, melodic yet tight guitar, and sharp political commentary was now paired to a great backing band, the Attractions (Steve Nieve on keyboards, Bruce Thomas on bass, and Pete Thomas on drums). Far from a sophomore slump, This Year's Model might be Costello's best release, and has probably aged better than anything else he's done.
In punk fashion, Costello's songs are short and forceful, hovering right around 2-3 minutes. However, don't expect Clash or Sex Pistols-like aggression and buzzing guitars. Costello's early work is about as "rock 'n' roll" as one can get--melodic, tuneful, and irresistable. Costello's acerbic and humourous lyrics comment on a great many things--the fashion industry on This Year's Girl, Orwellian paranoia on Living In Paradise, and a pan of commercial radio on Radio, Radio (made famous by Elvis Costello's controversial guest spot on Saturday Night Live).
If you can enjoy Costello's quirky vocals (I happen to really like them) than This Year's Model will definitely have appeal. Punkers looking for something different will probably really like this album. His other early albums (My Aim Is True, Armed Forces) are in a similar vein and also worth purchasing.
Note: For the most part the Rhino reissue is really nice, with great liner notes penned by Elvis himself and one of the best remasters I've heard in recent years. However, was the bonus disk really necessary? Big Tears and Stranger In The House could have been included on the first disk as bonus tracks, while the rest of the bonus material is made up of middling demos and live stuff that is only of interest to completists. All the bonus disk does is jack up the price of the album. Not a big deal, but more thought should've been put into this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great
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Published 16 days ago by franky volum
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece enhanced by second disc
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 more
Published on July 23 2006 by Pieter Uys
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal, essential to any music fan
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 more
Published on May 30 2004 by Evan Korte
5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal
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 more
Published on Dec 4 2003 by James Bunnelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Elvis
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 more
Published on Nov. 30 2003 by Damian P. Gadal
5.0 out of 5 stars Costello almost makes it cool to be a total nerd...
A Punk Rock Singer/Songwriter? Sounds highly contradictory, but Elvis Costello started his career as just that. Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2003 by M. Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars A 19 year-olds take on the best album of the seventies
I'm so sick of packing for college, I go back on saturday. I really need a break. Ahh, nothing like cdnow reviews to kill time. Read more
Published on Aug. 28 2003 by Matthew Gross
5.0 out of 5 stars An early masterpiece from a Modern Master
Elvis came on strong with 'My Aim Is True', gained speed with 'This Year's Model', catapulted further into greatness with each subsequent release. Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2003 by GarlicCityGuru
5.0 out of 5 stars desert island? yes.
Elvis Costello was very very very good at least as many albums as you have fingers, but he and the Attractions were never fresher, or better, than this. Read more
Published on May 29 2003 by Kirk R. Anderson
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