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My Aim Is True

Elvis Costello

1977

My Aim Is True

Album Summary

My Aim Is True is the debut studio album by English singer-songwriter Elvis Costello, originally released in the United Kingdom on 22 July 1977 through Stiff Records. After years of little success performing in Britain, Costello was signed to Stiff through the label's founders Dave Robinson and Jake Riviera. Recording sessions for the album took place at Pathway Studios in Islington, London from late 1976 to early 1977, over the course of six four-hour studio sessions. Produced by Stiff artist and musician Nick Lowe, the backing band was made up of members of Clover, a California-based country rock act, who were uncredited on the original release due to contractual difficulties. Costello kept his day job as a data entry clerk during the sessions. At the time performing as D.P. Costello, Riviera changed his name to Elvis after Elvis Presley, and adjusted his image to match the then-rising punk rock movement. The music itself on My Aim Is True is influenced by a wide variety of genres, from punk, new wave and British pub rock to elements of 1950s rock and roll, R&B and rockabilly. The more downbeat lyrics are motivated by revenge and guilt, reflecting topics from relationship struggles to politically charged and misogynistic ideals. The original monochrome cover art, showing Costello in a pigeon-toed stance, was later colourised for reissues. The album was preceded by three singles, all of which failed to chart. By June 1977, Costello formed a new permanent backing band, the Attractions, to better match his new image and commenced live performances with them for the rest of the year. Shortly after Presley's death in August, My Aim Is True reached number 14 on the UK Albums Chart. The American version, released in November 1977 through Columbia Records, added Costello's newest single "Watching the Detectives" as the final track. By then the biggest-selling import album in US history, it peaked at number 32 on Billboard's Top LPs & Tape chart. On release, My Aim Is True was met with critical acclaim, with many praising Costello's musicianship and songwriting; it appeared on several year-end lists. In later decades, commentators consider it one of Costello's finest works, one of the best debut albums in music history and has appeared on numerous best-of lists. The album was reissued in 1993 and 2001, both of which featured extensive liner notes written by Costello, and in 2007 as a deluxe edition.

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Rating

3.36

Votes

5371

Genres

  • Rock
  • Pop
  • New Wave
  • Singer Songwriter
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Sat Dec 18 2021
2

I think the editor of 1001 Albums must have lost his first virginity to Elvis Costello or something. Every album is just incredibly okay. Not unpleasant, but pretty good. But he keeps popping up! I am learning that Elvis Costello has existed fairly consistently. But this is meant to be 1001 of the best albums to hear before you die. On my deathbed, of I even remember listening to this, I don't think I'm going to think "I wish I had listened to more of Costello's consistent but dull music.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
5

Yasssssssss. Not sure anything more needs to be said, but this is in my top 20 ever albums based on the line "she's filing her nails while they're dragging the lake" alone, much less Alison, Angels Want to Wear My Red Shoes and everything else on this goldmine.

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Tue Jan 04 2022
2

What an overrated, low-talent hack. Elvis Costello has hung his whole career on leveraging the misplaced, rose-tinted-glasses nostalgia of white middle class America. And they've eaten it up thinking that this plastic imitation is the real deal.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
5

I would say its at least twice as good Blood and Chocolate so that makes it a 6 on a 5 star scale? I feel like this album has a ton of personality and is fun to listen to. A variety of sounds that all still carry Elvis's style without being an album of songs that all sound the same

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Mon Jul 12 2021
2

This guy is such an asshole. Best track: Alison

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Fri Feb 26 2021
2

Better than the other album but I still don't really get what is so important/significant/brilliant about Elvis Costello. 5/10

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Thu Feb 18 2021
1

Is Elvis aim was to produce an album with 13 songs that are exactly the same, he has achieved this.

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Tue Mar 09 2021
5

Now this is some grade-A power pop.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
5

Really like the album, both songs I knew and loved, and others that I had never heard before. To this point, this is my highest rated album.

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Sun Jul 04 2021
5

What a debut! Costello came out of the gate running. Pure anger, spitting power pop. BT: Welcome To The Working Week, Alison, (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes

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Wed Oct 13 2021
5

Wow, I really enjoyed this album. I've heard of Elvis Costello, but can't say I ever listened to his music (at least if I did, I didn't know about it). This was just a fun, high quality album. It's like a more modern version of classic rock 'n roll (and songs like No Dancing and Less than Zero sound like pure old fashioned Rock n' roll). Favorite tracks were Miracle Man, Waiting for the End of the World, and Pay It Back (which really got stuck in my head). Least favorite were Alison and I'm Not Angry. Both were just a little cheesy, but still enjoyable (and the guitar on I'm Not Angry was pretty good). Looking forward to listening to more of his stuff.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
5

Another artist that I know is well-respected but that I knew little about. What a great album. And the Elvis moniker is very befitting - he's got his own sense of rockabilly for the modern era. Very cool. Some perfect examples were Mystery Dance (sounds like Elvis Presley reimagined) and No Dancing (sounds like a modern cross between the King and the Beach Boys). Welcome to the Working Week might be the coolest 90 second song ever made; it doesn't feel that short with all he packs into it. I still don't love Alison, other than to jokingly sing the title like Costello does. Still, side one is brilliant. Great energy and great arrangements, with neat wordplay. Side two isn't far behind. The singles Red Shoes and Less than Zero are solid, but I really like the tempo and beats in Pay it Back.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

I dug this one a lot for some reason. It’s got this earnest nerdy rock vibe to it that feels like a precursor to more modern stuff I like, like weezer, lcd soundsystem, the strokes. The songs are fun and energetic but also feel genuine and homespun and have a rebellious youth vibe to them. Allison is an all-timer, Welcome to the working week is a great opener, the stretch from blame it on Cain to mystery dance is pretty killer. I don't love watching the detectives as the closer but otherwise I like the album from top to bottom. Probably a strong 8 for me

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Tue Feb 08 2022
3

Off-brand Elton John?

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Wed Sep 15 2021
2

Inte min musik

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Wed Sep 16 2020
5

I really liked this album. Such a good debut record!!

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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

Great record. Throwback to 50s/60s rock and r&b but with 70s punk vibe/influences. Also somewhat of a landmark for alt/indie rock.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
5

The natural progression of rockabilly, loved it

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

Very cool album. I don’t like how many of the songs end in fade outs though. 9/10

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Wed Feb 24 2021
5

Heard it. Brilliant.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
5

13/13

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

I've played this a lot since first listening. Miracle Man and Alison are standout songs, but I enjoyed the whole album.

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Thu May 06 2021
5

One of my favorites from high school. Every song is a hit.

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Wed May 12 2021
5

Awesome, great songs, great singer

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Wed May 26 2021
5

Liked this Early Costello is cool

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Wed Jun 23 2021
5

excellence

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Sun Jul 25 2021
5

First Elvis album, either Costello or Presley. If we're including "Watching The Detectives" on this album (and there's no reason not to, it was on every United States version of the LP), there's a chance this could be the best Elvis album (although not overall if we include Presley). What a debut album, from the moment the killer Track 1 kicks off through the end. Oh, and "Alison" is on this album. This is the power pop you're looking for. There's a ton of Elvis on this list, and if I could only have one (Costello) album, I'd be hard pressed choosing between this one and "This Year's Model".

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Mon Sep 27 2021
5

Hot damn this is my first experience with Elvis Costello and I am blown away. This album is absolutely fantastic.

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Mon Sep 27 2021
5

Oh, Elvis Costello! Don't know how many times I've listened to this album. Always a pleasure. Brilliant musicians, great singer!

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Fri Oct 08 2021
5

Brilliant Costello.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
5

It's not my #1 Elvis Costello album, but it's definitely up there!

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Thu Oct 14 2021
5

Outstanding

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Sat Oct 16 2021
5

When he was hungry, every track could have been a single

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Mon Oct 18 2021
5

love this album

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Sun Oct 31 2021
5

One of the great debuts of all time and a long time favorite of mine. Not a dud song on the album. 5 stars 🌟

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Wed Nov 24 2021
5

Elvis Costello crosses so many genres here you’d think it wouldn’t work. Not only does it work, it works in such a way that creates a sound that is unique to Elvis Costello. I can hear a strong Beatles influence as well as elements of reggae, punk, laurel canyon folk, and new wave. Elvis Costello’s vocal delivery is energetic and unique as well

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Fri Nov 26 2021
5

Loved it! Great album.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
5

Its nice revisiting this, i appreciate it much more now.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
5

Magnificent

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Tue Dec 14 2021
5

Classic proto-New Wave rock is classic. This is what I expected to see of Elvis Costello on this list, not the 85 other albums that I’ve seen.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
5

I love Elvis Costello and "My Aim is True" is one of my favorites. But most importantly, it got the thumbs up from my daughter when we were listening to it in the car. She said the songs were stuck in her head and she "kinda liked it"

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Tue Dec 28 2021
5

I already owned this one. Love this era of Costello. His first 3 albums are true classics.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

zabavnoooo, ovo je odlican album za voznju, 5

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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

Incredible display of rock and roll.

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

4.5/5. Quite good, prob my fav Costello

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Fri Apr 08 2022
5

Much more eclectic than I was expecting. definitely one to revisit. Cover art 5/5

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Wed Apr 13 2022
5

One of my all-time favorites. Packed with great songwriting. An incredible debut album. I love how confidently he uses different genre styles throughout the album. There’s some doo-wop on “No Dancing,” country twang on “Blame It On Cain,” old fashioned rock n roll on “Mystery Dance,” and reggae in the beat of “Watching the Detectives.” Most of all Elvis Costello just sounds so cool. He’s a great performer. I remember listening to this in high school and even though I was too nervous to date girls at the time, this album gave me a little window into an adult world of relationships and sex. Hearing Elvis Costello sing about dating with a snarky attitude had a huge impression on me. He was smart and nerdy looking but still had swagger. A lot of songs went over my head — I still don’t know what “(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes” or “Less Than Zero” are about) — but I loved the style with which he sang them. Fun fact: I was Elvis Costello for Halloween in college once and I based my look on this album cover. I’m sorry to say no known photographs exist of this costume but I swear it was really good.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
5

Liked this one a lot. Never been a huge Costello fan but this album is well done. Great guitar, bass and drum parts. Cool vibe all around.

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Tue Apr 26 2022
5

Viel Gitarre, watching the detectives bekannt und gut, Blues und Rock, gefällt mir

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Mon May 16 2022
5

Fantastic. Great punk.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
5

I had a lot of fun listening to this joint! Costello wears a number of different hats, and does it well. At times he alternately sounds like Graham Parker, the Ronettes, Randy Newman and even the Atlanta Rhythm Section - or do they sound like him? Anyway, short, sharp songs redolent of the pub rock scene, without a whole lot of frippery but plenty of flash. A fantastic record.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
5

I've heard this before, but maybe I didn't really listen to it. Regardless, I love this album. Alison is an all-time great song. But there's not really a filler song on this thing. There's a great collision of old-fashioned rock n roll with something unhinged that just really works for me. Great stuff.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
5

p390. 1977. 5 stars Costello when he could still knock out a decent tune. Listening to this, you can see what the fuss was about - razor sharp lyrics, minimal production, and short snappy songs that actually stick in the ear. This is the standard he set himself, and it's just sad to hear the thin meandering whining that he puts out these days compared to this.

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Tue Jul 19 2022
5

Best album in the world

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

Loved this already, though I don't know that I ever owned the whole album

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Sat Sep 17 2022
5

Good quirky pop tunes, really like, should listen again

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

I've previously questioned whether the number of Elvis Costello albums on this list might be overkill. However, the inclusion of this, Costello's debut, is clearly very well justified. It comprises 12 immaculately written and performed tracks. Each one is an instant ear worm, but with emotion and depth. Top notch. Rating: 4.5/5 Playlist track: Alison Date listened: 17/09/22

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Fri Oct 14 2022
5

Power pop at its very finest. Costello has both wit and wisdom in spades for someone so young.

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Sat Oct 22 2022
5

Definitely the best Costello album on this list, and there is too many. In my opinion this one and this year's model would be enough. With that said, this is a fantastic debut album that keeps you on your toes and your foot tapping.

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Sat Oct 22 2022
5

Classic debut album of Elvis Costello, and the start of quite a long sequence of 5* EC albums.

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Tue Nov 01 2022
5

Oke wel echt zeer hard van genoten...ik ga hem geven maar is een nipte hoor

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Thu Nov 03 2022
5

One of the great first albums.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
5

I took a look at the album releases in 1977 to get an idea of what I was listening to at that time: Pink Floyd>Animals; Steely Dan>Aja and David Bowie>Low. A friend of mine's older brother, who liked the blues, got this album and when I heard it, I found it too rearview mirror gazing and rockabilly-esque for my tastes. But at that point the Sex Pistols or Clash or Talking Heads had yet to touch down in Sudbury. The sound, other than "Detectives", does owe a lot to the 50s rock n' roll. The song-writing is great, especially the lyrics, and there are no dud tracks. My favourite (outside of "Detectives") is "I'm not Angry" which appears to put me at odds with most Spotify listeners. There are other Elvis albums I like more, but this is still a 5 in my books.

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Thu Dec 01 2022
5

10/10 Elvis Costello is the best

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Fri Dec 02 2022
5

Classic

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Sun May 30 2021
4

This Years Model is better, but this is a classic album with a lot of Costellos best songs (Red Shoes, Less Than Zero, Im not Angry, Allison, etc).

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Great new age album

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Great, of course

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

I liked it

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Mon May 03 2021
4

Enjoyable, fast paced rock n roll album

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

Actually really enjoyed this. Some really good songs in here and found some getting stuck in my head.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

Pretty dope album, had no expectations at all, apart from the album cover. Very pleasantly surprised.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Starts off with a sick backbeat, and the song "Allison" is great! Omg I didn't know "Watching the Detectives" was from this album! Nice quick listen with nice vibes.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

7

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

Big Billy Joel styles. Really liked it - wasn't expecting to but not sure why.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

Pretty sick. Feels super modern for 1977

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

Verrassend goed rock / rock&roll album. Zeker van genoten

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

Dope

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Sun Jun 27 2021
4

Excellent debut album. 4 stars.

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Sat Feb 13 2021
4

this was a great album! I've only ever listened to a couple of his songs, but this album was amazingly done!

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Mon May 31 2021
4

Always love the voice and style - and Alison is a solid gold classic. Nice.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

Best Elvis Costello album (also the third EC album we've heard in the 1001 albums) - Watching the Detectives and Alison are top tier tracks. The rest are solid.

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Tue May 25 2021
4

Me latió la ondita que trae

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Mon May 03 2021
4

I love his voice and his authentic use of rock music’s best aspects!

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

I think I always confused Elvis Costello with Buddy Holly. Anyways, I liked this a lot, the first track is hype and the album is short, energetic, and fun. 8

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

Ok ok, now I see why people like Elvis Costello. This was miles ahead of "Blood and Chocolate." I know he's known for changing his style a lot, but kind of wish he stuck with this one. Loved the guitar throughout this record and lyrically this was some really interesting songwriting. One thing I was wondering while listening to this was if I really liked this album or just enjoyed because I knew it was better than "Blood and Chocolate." Overall a pretty fun listen regardless.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

Pretty fun. Like a 7 or an 8. I'll go with a 7 though

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

Great album

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Thu May 20 2021
4

Did Elvis Costello invent pop-punk?

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

So much better than Blood and Chocolate! I really liked this album, it had good energy and pretty good riffs. I was also surprised by how many of the songs were familiar. “Miricle Man” sounded like Bruce Springsteen with a head cold and a hangover - still pretty good😀

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Tue May 25 2021
4

Elvis is cool 😎

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

I like Costello. Good album, particularly for a first album. Pop punk.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

Another Costello record, this time his debut. This one has so much more edge and snark, I can finally see what all the fuss is about. Taking old-school rock and roll songwriting and twisting it make for an exceptional sound, like if Buddy Holly got jaded and cool. It seems as though something got lost as he carried on, but this album does a good thing, I think.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

Real good.

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Sun Feb 21 2021
4

Lots of classics, really liked the first song on the album.

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Fri May 14 2021
4

4/5

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

Very nice so far. Seems like a good album to play during breakfast. Some parts seem kind of older than 1977 with more of a 50s aesthetic (in a good way).

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

-I'm not angry -Watching the detectives!!! (nice bass)

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Tue Apr 06 2021
4

Nice little starting song, very upbeat and full in a way. Cool little jingle. As the album progress songs get shorter and more straight to the point, catchy, punchy. Lyrics generally of daily life dealing with girls and friends and things of common talk

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Mon May 10 2021
4

I've never listened to an Elvis Costello song before. I'm not sure why...

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Catchy songs, and an overall great listen.

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Terrible recording, remasters make things even worse.

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Sat May 29 2021
4

Spiky, aggressive, energetic. A great songwriter, brilliant sound. But there is such a dark edge to many of the lyrics - aggressive, voyeuristic, impotent rage at being rejected by women, sexual frustration - that at times it can be an uncomfortable listen. And I don’t know how much of that is Costello and how much is a character. Impressive and unsettling.

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Fun oldie rock stuff He's a charismatic vocalist

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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

Dunno what exactly I expected, but this isn’t it. More plain old straight up rock and roll than I expected. Different vocal tone versus the plaintive, apprehensive timbre I associated with Elvis Costello previously. All of this is to say that I like it very much. I have a new appreciation for Costello. Also, I never before realized how much of an influence Costello is on John Flansberg of They Might Be Giants. I feel like an idiot.

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Sat Jun 12 2021
4

Smooth and easy to listen to. Listened to it 3-4 times back to back.

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Thu May 20 2021
4

6.5

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Mon Jul 26 2021
4

This is fun

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Tue Jul 27 2021
4

Fantastic, I love Elvis & need to listen to him more. This has a lot of recognizable songs on it.

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Sat Jul 31 2021
4

Good album. I like Elvis Costello. 3.8 = 4

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Fri Aug 20 2021
4

My Aim Is True radiates a raw energy, thanks to Elvis Costello's funny wordy and witty lyrics filled with innuendo's, catchy melodies, a sharp infectious edge, and unique style. However, I do think No Dancing is a bit of a dud due to its low tempo and buried vocals and Pay It Back is a boring listen. 4/5.

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Mon Aug 23 2021
4

Feels way ahead of its time.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

I used to think I liked Elvis Costello and that this was his best album, but after being literally ASSAULTED with Elvis Costello albums by this list (I swear like fully 2% of the 1001 albums are Elvis Costello), I've realized that I actually hate Elvis Costello and that this is his ONLY good album. But this album is real good.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

Actually kinda liked this one

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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

Alison and Watching the Detectives stand out as absolutely classics, but there are some great lesser known tracks on here - Welcome to the Working Week for example.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

Very pleasant. I’ve listened to Elvis Costello before, but not an entire album. Nice songwriting and solid melodies.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

its pretty good start to finish. classic rock

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Tue Oct 05 2021
4

Love his songwriting.

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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

I had only ever heard of Elvis Costello before this but I’m glad I finally listened to one of his albums. This was a fun and catchy album that was solid the whole way through. Makes you nostalgic for a time you’ve never lived in. Fav songs: welcome to the working week, mystery dance

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Tue Oct 12 2021
4

This one grew on me as I listened. I ended up going straight back to the beginning and got a lot more out of it the second go around. Also, the generator is up to some trickery again. Roots and Costello have done an entire album together! It's... Ok

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Tue Oct 12 2021
4

Is this only because I haven't given a 4 star review in ages? Probably. But I'm sick of giving 3s and 3.5s. A solid collection of pop'n'rock'n'rollers with catchy melodies, enthusiastically sung. And some days that's enough, y'know? The generator spitting out 'Welcome To The Working Week' on a Monday morning was a lovely touch.

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Tue Oct 12 2021
4

Never listened to an Elvis Costello album before but I really enjoyed this one, dancey, punchy guitars really fun. Much better than the other Elvis

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

I only know a bit of EC's work. But what I do know I like. I guess this is as good as place as any to start. The whole DIY / punk feel to the songs really makes it POP. Really digging it.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

Early Elvis Costello is OK in my book. I think his voice became a parody of itself on later albums. May require more exploration. I enjoyed this quite a bit.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
4

Not my favorite Elvis Costello album, but it is pretty damn good

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

Great time, need to listen again.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

Solid, spunky songs with a clear personality

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

Banger!!! Ja sku vinna honom i en skkjuttävling dock på gud!😤

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Sun Oct 31 2021
4

Some great power pop here! A bit more upbeat than some of the other Costello we’ve heard so far, although ironically Allison is my favourite song on the album - and has been a staple on my playlist for over a decade. This album kicks off with great energy and “Angels Wanna Wear My Red Shoes” will put a smile on your face. Hard not to tap your feet to several of the tracks here. LOVE the reggae closer Fave songs : “Allison” “Watching The Detectives” “(The Angels wanna wear my) Red Shoes”

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

Not bad at all. Never listened to EC before, he sings kinda like me, mixed with Gordon Gano and Buddy Holly. The last song “Watching the Detectives” and first song “Welcome to the Working Week” were my favorites

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Sun Nov 14 2021
4

Rock setentero. Está bastante bien.

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Sun Nov 14 2021
4

Great stuff, never listened before and thought it was excellent, Alison a stand out track but would listen again without hesitation

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

A Billy Joel / Bob Dylan vibe. It was pretty good

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

This one's pretty fun. I like it and may actually look into his music more.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

Sounds to me like early rock and roll mixed with elements of very early punk music and I dug it. 4/5

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Tue Nov 23 2021
4

Allison was the only song I think I knew beforehand. Pretty smooth album but not that memorable.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

Very distinctive voice, but this means a lot of the songs sound pretty similar. Really good songs though, lyrically and musically, with production that lets them shine. Enjoyed it more than I expected, even though I knew enough of the songs to be confident it would be good.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

Very pub music indeed. Sort of like it.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

I'm not gonna to get too sentimental Like those other sticky valentines This is a great little album And Declan McManus is close to genius

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

Would listen to again

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

Honestly, just supremely good! Really enjoyed this one, I'd listen to the whole album again happily. A 5/5 though? Not sure on that one.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

This was pretty fun! Previously my only exposure to Elvis Costello was the episode(s?) of 30 Rock he guest starred in but I enjoyed this album. Solid throughout, Mystery Dance onwards had even more of a rock 'n' roll feel which I very much am here for.

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Tue Dec 14 2021
4

Un des meilleurs album de costellp que j’ai entendu. Ca secoute super bien 4.20

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

The degree of my positive reaction surprises me. Elvis's debut lacks some of the shine of later albums, but it's a nicely-sequenced and diverse piece of work. Simply rock-solid, and not a dull moment. The balance of factors could be changed, I suppose, but some of the appeal is in the corners.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

Pretty excellent, I'd go with a 4

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Wed Dec 29 2021
4

Dug the sound

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Sat Jan 01 2022
4

Brilliant power pop. I loved it.

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

Top 3 Tracks: Welcome to the Working Week (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes Less Than Zero

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Mon Jan 10 2022
4

A quick, fun, pop, punky album. Liked "I'm Not Angry" and "Alison" the most. No song that I disliked either.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

Not bad, very Elvis Costello, by now we've all heard enough of his stuff to last us forever. But when it came out I can imagine it was a real breath of fresh air.

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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

Number of albums reviewed thus far: 193 Number of those that are Elvis Costello: 4 We all bow to Elvis (no for real this doesn't seem right. Come on now.) Ok this isn't about me - and no offence to Elvis because I really like this album a lot - I love how the album starts with a catchy tune that's less than 90 seconds long - it plays as a great intro. There are a few radio classics that many people will know ("Alison" "Red Shoes" and "Watching the Detectives") but honestly most of the others are as good or better than the hits. Personal favourite: "I'm Not Angry." Overall it's a quick 36 minutes of great rock that's actually quite a bit more complex than one might think - it's the kind of album you can play in any setting, i.e. easily digested but also more than enough musical complexity and density beyond standard "rock music" to sustain repeat plays. Keeper. 8/10 4 stars

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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

This was my fave Costello album so far, and I’ve had two others. It sounded different and i Really enjoyed it. I wish his other ones were more similar to these; there’s nothing wrong but they just aren’t as interesting as this one.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

Have always love Elvis Costello. Great album

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

It sounds like a great first album of a great artist. Still with a lot of rough edges, and on the balance of the rock 'n' roll and new wave.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

One of my favorite albums in this thing so far, I've always liked Costello's music (I'm already a bit biased for him due to his collaborations with Paul McCartney). This album definitely has rockabilly roots and some punk influence, and I love the style. 9/10, favorite songs: No Dancing and Watching The Detectives.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
4

Still sounds so fresh! Huge classic from the Costellinator!

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

Hi- Welcome To The Working Week, Alison, Mystery Dance, Pay It Back, I'm Not Angry, Waiting For The End Of The World, Watching The Detectives Maybe it's my broken mind, but I have always thought that if Buddy Holly survived the plane crash and went hard, we'd get Elvis Costello (I'm not alone in this, btw)...Anyways, My Aim Is True opens with a confirmed hit ("Welcome..."), a rollicking track that sets the tone for the rest of the record. Mr. Costello continues his tradition of writing excellent girl-name songs (Alison), and follows up with Mystery Dance and Pay It Back, with all of the rockabilly goodness you could ever ask for...Except it doesn't stop there! The 2nd half of this album really opens up and swing-rocks around the club, until closing out with the doo-wop classic Watching The Detectives. Listen to more Elvis Costello!

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

Fav songs: - Welcome To The Working Week - Alison - Waiting For The End Of The World

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

So, he "changed his name to Elvis after Elvis Presley and adjusted his image to match the then-rising punk rock movement." This Wikipedia sentence tells pretty much everything about this album. So he IS Elvis no. 2, and his debut album is much better than the mess made as Napoleon Dynamite. Like Elvis no. 1, it's consistently dull yet for some reason irresistibly catchy. It's like a cheap candy. Enjoyable, but not remarkable or anything. I could say that if his "aim" is to make a punk version of Elvis Presley, then he hit it. His aim was definitely true, whatever that means.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

I'm glad there's a world where Elvis Costello works. What an original. Obviously, he is cut from the cloth of Buddy Holly, but that era of American music had such an influence on the greatest British acts like Elton John, The Beatles, Elvis and of course this Elvis...Costello. No Dancing is the song that I think ties it all together in terms of where Costello came from and where he's ultimately going. His roots are in a Motown/rockabilly/pop sensibility that will evolve in the same way as Bowie and Springsteen would. Alison is timeless and whatever it's about - it stops you in your tracks and makes you reflect on life a little bit. Great debut album here.

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Sat Mar 19 2022
4

“A phenomenal debut, capturing a songwriter and musician whose words were as rich and clever as his music.”

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Sat Mar 19 2022
4

It's quirky, fun, uniquely written rock n roll album that's standout among other classic rock album in 1977~

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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

Don't like most of it, but Alison and Red shoes are 2 of my favourite songs ever.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

Delightful, and most of what I know him for.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

I really dig it

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Sun Mar 27 2022
4

Not bad. Not music I listen to normally but upbeat and fun.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

Very fun listen all the way through. Really enjoyed No Dancing and Alison.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

Listened to on 3/29/22 4.5/5 Favorite song: Alison, Welcome to the Working Week, Living in Paradise This album was GREAT - a little all over the place in terms of a vibe but I loves how easy it was to listen to while being fun and upbeat. The lyrics are beautiful and I would absolutely listen to it again and again

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

Raw, eclectic mix of styles with Elvis not quite into his stride as he is on Armed Forces say. Still proper music though.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

I find it hard not to at least be neutral on Costello, it's really hard to dislike him. It's just a fun rock album.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

Most of these songs are so ingrained in popular culture that it's easy to forget that this is a debut album. It almost runs like a Greatest Hits. The pub rock production is great. I suspect the songs were even better when played live. Watching the Detectives should have been the album opener, not the final track. A minor gripe.

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Tue Apr 19 2022
4

This album sounds like it could've come out yesterday, what a timeless classic.

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Tue Apr 26 2022
4

catchy but not really my thing

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Tue Apr 26 2022
4

I guess it's a throwback to 50s but also a way forward?

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Sun May 22 2022
4

I’ve herd of the guy quite a bit so I hope he’s good… The album starts with welcome to the working week, it’s a good enough song very short and a good reflection of the rest of the album. Next is miracle man It’s good and I don’t mind his vocal style, but it’s just not that distinctive from the opener. No dancing is a good slow down from before it’s also ( currently) the poppiest cut. I especially like the percussion on here. Blame it on cain is another slower paced track this time reminding me of a sorta 60’s-y kinda sound, the slow tempo of this song works well though as it feels like the sort of thing an audience would clap along to in a gig. Alison is a good slow track, I think I recognise the chorus but nothing else. A probable favourite! Sneaky feelings is a good ( but of it’s time) pop song. My favourite moment is probably the simple but effective chorus; while it’s not the best song I’am surprised it wasn’t a single. Now we have ( the angels wanna wear my) red shoes, I think I know this one. I like everything here from the backing vocals in the poppy chorus and the tidal wave of drumming that occurs. Next is the last single to appear on the album Less than zero, one that I don’t recognise, it’s a nice slower song, fine guitar work throughout and I would argue it’s some of his best singing. Mystery dance us just a short 60’s-y song also it’s probably the heaviest on the album with some loud crunchy guitars on the chorus. Pay it back’s piano line is kinda what I think would be played in a cowboy saloon. It’s actually good though with decent instrumentation snd some okay lyrics. I’am not angry has to be my favourite though as it’s the most directly rock inspired, and while you could view it as annoying the whispering of “angry” is quite cool to me. Also it has my favourite line from the album in “ cos there’s no such thing as an original sin”! The album technically closes with waiting for the end of the world it’s got a good guitar lick and the spiralling drums in the pre chorus is cool. Just doesn’t feel like a closer. The album also ends with watching the detectives, a much slower track with powerful drumming and a great guitar line, I think I recognise things one, what an amazing song! It was good the second half is a little better than the first ( but that often happens in albums) also while I know it’s 70’s there’s so many 60’s style tracks which is odd.

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Tue May 24 2022
4

Very distinctive voice, but this means a lot of the songs sound pretty similar. Really good songs though, lyrically and musically, with production that lets them shine. Enjoyed it more than I expected, even though I knew enough of the songs to be confident it would be good. 4 🌟

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Sat May 28 2022
4

LP

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Tue May 31 2022
4

A great debut album: such a range of styles & mature subject matter.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
4

Another good Costello album. He seems like a fun guy and I wish I could party with his younger self.

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Sun Jun 05 2022
4

Really nice indeed!!!

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Mon Jun 06 2022
4

Hot take: I might be ready to say that "Watching the Detectives" is my favorite reggae song of all time. Granted, I have not done my due dilligence (like, at all) and making this declaration would probably and rightfully offend the entire island of Jamaica, but... that's a damn good song. And to close out the entire album? Bold move that pays off in spades. It's so much moodier than most of what precedes it and the tempo/rhythm/instrumentation really support the story he's telling. Is dark reggae a thing? It should be if it can be done this well. Alas, I can't say I had the same experience with everything else on this record. In fact, while I like "Allison" something about it's placement in the track listing here didn't work for me. Also, maybe there's one too many tunes that sound like they could have been played by the band at the end of Back to the Future. This could be a shorter listen and I wouldn't complain. But still. Very solid record with an exclamation point at the end of the sentence. Costello has become one of the very few repeat artists on this list that I get excited to listen to again.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
4

This was one of those albums that I could listen to straight through, uninterrupted while walking my dog. I don't remember if I had this album previously as none of the tracks sounded familiar. I can also say that I had never heard this album at all, period. I really enjoyed this album. I would have to listen 1 or 2 more times before I can give my opinion on what I believe the stand out tracks to be but overall the whole thing was very catchy. I could picture just having a lazy day at the beach with a cold beer in my hand and this album playing in the background.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
4

Nice clean style but with its own spin on everything. Minus a star because only about half of the album is good.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
4

Overall enjoyable record. Loved that there was some humour in the lyrics and vocal delivery. Some guitar parts were pretty slick too. Good listen

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Fri Jun 24 2022
4

At his beginning

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Sat Jun 25 2022
4

Rock.

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Sun Jul 03 2022
4

yeh thought that was right fun. good lark.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
4

It's an album of cool and collected bops

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

Not a week goes by where I don't hear something from this album I'm sure. This album gets off to a great start with Welcome To The Working Week. And who doesn't love Alison? Top to bottom a great album.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

I honestly enjoyed the blues infused rock that Costello puts forth here. It’s great storytelling by a great storyteller. Decent guitar here too.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

happily impressed, very good listen

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Mon Aug 15 2022
4

like the album a lot - seems influential, hear remnants of this elsewhere

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

Not sure about best rock debut ever, but pretty rockin' stuff.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
4

Punk, 1977. A record with a great energy and a lot of fantastic songs. It is also one of the best debut albums of the 70s and a really good one for the lovers of punk music. In the end this project is very interesting and enjoyable.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

Fun.

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Tue Aug 30 2022
4

I liked it a lot, I can't believe it was his first studio album. It was upbeat with solid tracks.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
4

You can hear the burgeoning talent in this album, and it really comes to the fore in his next two albums.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

Songs are all pretty similar but it's easy to listen to with some catchy songs.

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Sat Sep 17 2022
4

My fave album by the Other Elvis.

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