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

Elvis Costello LP Record
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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 Masterpiece enhanced by second disc July 23 2006
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
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 rhythmically varied and compelling. It marks the transition to his wonderfully accessible Armed Forces masterpiece.

There is even a reggae beat in (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea and a ballad with lovely piano - Little Triggers. My favourites on the original disc are the up-tempo Pump It Up and the poignant This Year's Girl, plus of course the pulsating Radio Radio with its subversive lyrics. Night Rally is somewhat dark and disturbing.

The second disc includes a wealth of previously unreleased tracks, demo tracks, live and alternative versions. Not all of these alternate takes are as gripping as the familiar versions but they are certainly interesting and worthwhile, demonstrating various facets of his extraordinary musicianship.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal, essential to any music fan May 30 2004
Format:Audio CD
Everything about this album screams perfection. From the catchy yet complex lyrics about love and lust to the tight musicianship by the Attractions. Mr. Costello wears his heart on his sleeve with every note that he sings.

There is not one weak track here, in fact they are all perfect in every way. I kid you not. I suppose that if I had to pick highlights they would be "(I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea" "Hand in Hand" and "Radio, Radio." With this record alone, Mr. Costello proves that he deserves to be hailed by some critics as one of the best recording artists of all time. And the fact that it only took him a matter of months to do this? Mind-boggling indeed.
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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...
While I absolutely LOVE "My Aim Is True," I honestly think this album is a bit more than an iota better. Read more
Published on Dec 25 2003 by "windycitylover"
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Witty, literate, and biting--the essential Costello album.
Costello's second album, This Year's Model, took the potential shown in 1977's classic My Aim Is True and ran with it. Read more
Published on Sept. 5 2003 by Shotgun Method
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.
This is an absolute favourite CD of mine. Elvis Costello is a truly talented individual, the way he writes his lyrics is almost like poetry, though much more controvercial. Read more
Published on April 7 2003 by kawaiikat
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