This Year's Model (Deluxe Edition)
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
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Elvis Costello was quickly developing into one of rock’s best songwriters when his second album dropped in 1978. This taut mix of accelerating melodies and wry, narrative-driven lyrics is supported by a punchy musical foundation from his then-new backing trio The Attractions. Droll themes veer from neo-Nazi stupidity (“Night Rally”) to romantic ennui (“No Action”) to condemnations of commercialized airwaves (“Radio Radio”), and the soulfully tender “Little Triggers” defines heartbreak like Burt Bacharach. Pub-rock legend Nick Lowe provides just enough production polish to slightly smooth jagged punk edges.
I was fortunate enough to live in NYC between 1977 and 1981. I saw Elvis and the Attactions several times, and can attest to the fact that the Attractions were flawless musicians, and one of the greatest rock bands ever. I was somewhat disappointed by the live set on the Deluxe Edition of "My Aim is True." It was historically interesting, but it did not have the "in your face" energy of the Attractions. It was as if Elvis and the Attractions were still getting to know each other. However, in the Deluxe Edition of "this Year's Model", we hear the Attractions at their best -- loud, fast and tight. Not a note or beat out of place. Each song is a treat. Buy this CD.
Best recording of the "New Wave/Punk" era.
Those of us who were around during the late 70's remember Elvis bursting onto the scene in the mid-late 70's. "This Years Model" is (in my opinion) his strongest record. Elvis had an amazing run of several years ...and several recordings where he seemingly could do no wrong. This is in my top 5 recordings of all time. I know I might get some argument from The Clash fans out there but "This Years Model", "Armed Forces" and "My Aim is True" have to be the most impressive first 3 recordings ever...yes including the Beatles.
best first timer song
This album is great. My favorite song is the Lipstick Vogue. It is my first time listening, and I am hooked on the song!
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