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Editors’ Notes

With 1981’s Trust Costello began to pace himself. Though recorded in a haze of drugs and alcohol, Trust was more restrained than the manic 20-song sprawl of the R&B influenced Get Happy!! and yet more musically ambitious than any previous official album set. It features arrangements that tilt towards the ornate pop of Armed Forces without the new wave focus so clearly within earshot. “New Lace Sleeves,” “Shot With His Own Gun,” and “White Knuckles” hint at the additional sophistication of his songwriting prowess that would explode with his next original album, Imperial Bedroom. “Watch Your Step” pulses with a claustrophobic groove of pure tension where the organ chases Costello’s vocal melody and the bass line creeps like a death march. “Lovers’ Walk,” “Luxembourg” and “From A Whisper to A Scream” play towards Costello’s love of classic ‘50s rock fused with his own modern dynamic scale and range. “Different Finger” shades towards country-western. Costello’s days as a punk or new wave songwriter were at their end. This was the next generation Costello, a man out to indulge his insatiable need to conquer every genre he attempts.

Customer Reviews

Top 5 Costello

Not my personal Elvis favorite--I'll take "This Year's Model" and "My Aim Is True" over this one. But I'd rank it roughly equal to "Armed Forces", "Get Happy", and probably "Imperial Bedroom". Great great album from Elvis's halcyon years. Best cuts: Clubland, Lover's Walk, Strict Time, Watch Your Step, New Lace Sleeves, From a Whisper to a Scream.

almost every track a classic.

Vocal, instrumentation have Elvis at the top of his game. Check out "Clubland," with its noir feel and influence, the fun "Fish and Chip Papers" and "From a Whisper to a Scream" (his famous duet with Squeeze's Glenn Tilbrook), and the eclectic "Lovers Walk" and "Strict Time." Great C and W chops on "(Put your Ring on a) Different Finger." Lyrically at his regular high standards. Check out "You'll Never be a Man," for example. A couple of the tracks fall a little short.

Elvis' Best Album....Trust Me!!

Hate to 'dis those that would under-stroke the King (Yes, My Aim is True & Armed Forces are exceptional, easily on par with this release) but DO NOT ignore the power and passion of "Trust". Wonderfully produced, paced to perfection, and performed at the height of his powers. Elvis takes us on a trip through a 14 chapter sonic storybook of angst, revoltion, love, rejection, and redemption, and back again. WARNING!! Although individual songs stand well on their own, this work is best appreciated as a whole. Back when artists and producers created albums with tracks that would flow nicely into each other to create something bigger than the sum of their parts. If your looking for "hits", cherry pick from "MAIT" or "Armed Forces", there are none here. What you do get an increadible album from an exceptional artist, start to finish. At $10 it's a bargain at twice the price.


Born: August 25, 1954 in Paddington, London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

When Elvis Costello's first record was released in 1977, his bristling cynicism and anger linked him with the punk and new wave explosion. A cursory listen to My Aim Is True proves that the main connection that Costello had with the punks was his unbridled passion; he tore through rock's back pages taking whatever he wanted, as well as borrowing from country, Tin Pan Alley pop, reggae, and many other musical genres. Over his career, that musical eclecticism distinguished his records as much as his...
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