Blood & Chocolate is the eleventh studio album by the British rock singer and songwriter Elvis Costello, released in the United Kingdom as Demon Records XFIEND 80, and in the United States as Columbia 40518. It is his ninth album with his long-standing backing band known as 'The Attractions'. After his previous album King of America with producer T-Bone Burnett and different musicians, this album reunited him with producer Nick Lowe and his usual backing group the Attractions. It peaked at No. 16 on the UK Albums Chart, and No. 84 on the Billboard 200. In The Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop critics poll for the year's best albums, Blood & Chocolate finished at number 9. The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. In 2000 it was voted number 475 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums.The recording of Blood & Chocolate was troubled, as the relationship between Costello and the Attractions had deteriorated during sessions for King of America. The album was recorded at concert-level volume in a way Costello felt suited the material.Wikipedia
I hate Elvis Costello. I pray to everything holy I never get another one of his albums.
My favorite part of this album was when Spotify played a Replacements song in the queue after it was over and I didn't notice it was a different artist for 30 seconds. || Nothing was awful about this album, but nothing felt special. I spent more time digging into lyrics and story behind it, and still didn't spark excitement. Meh.
Always on … Raw … live feeling … dark and darkly funny … desperate in places … I want you … (which is amazing -when I’ve seen it played live) Blue Chair … the pop songs are great with more dark bits …Crimes of Paris … Massive fan of his writing … and WHAT A BAND … Steve and Pete and Bruce are tremendous
I always forget how great this album is. Probably his best sounding album after Imperial Bedroom. Certainly the loudest. Also the last great album of The Attractions era. “I Want You” is such a great song, definitely one of his best.
I have been simultaneously waiting for and dreading my first Elvis Costello album. He is absolutely one of my favorite artists, but I feel like it’s impossible to talk about him without sounding like a bit of an idiot. I haven’t really given this album as much time over the years as I have for other EC albums, which was an incredible mistake on my part. This album is fantastic. I want to go off and spend a week with it and then listen to it all the time for the rest of my life. This the last of that first (best) series of albums Costello made with the Attractions in the 80s. Elvis Costello has done so much interesting work over the years, but musically, it never got better than when he was with the Attractions. It’s the end of an era, and a pretty damn good send-off. This is Costello & the Attractions at their best - smart, punchy, witty, seething. There are some really melodic, gorgeously arranged songs, offset by pointed, frequently dark songwriting. Lyrically Costello is clever as ever, with a flair for vivid imagery. It’s a very specific, bitter pill brand of pop that not everyone likes, and no one in the world can do like Elvis Costello. I also don’t know if the Attractions ever sounded better than this. What a pleasure to listen to. And Nick Lowe producing again? *Chef’s Kiss* This album was way too smart for the likes of 1986 (or 2022, for that matter). Maybe it could be a song or two shorter, but who cares? More Elvis Costello is not a bad thing. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): I Want You, Tokyo Storm Warning, Battered Old Bird, Crimes of Paris, Next Time Round, Home is Anywhere You Hang Your Head, Uncomplicated, I Hope You're Happy, Poor Napoleon, Blue Chair, Honey Are You Straight or Are You Blind
I had no clue this album existed. So jangly and grungy. Love Elvis Costello.
There were a couple of songs that I thought were fine but this one failed to hold my attention. I see lots of folks complaining about his monotonous voice and I can’t disagree
* Didn't listen to whole album* Bored
Does Elvis Costello get paid by the word? He crams a lot of words into these songs and I’m not sure most of them are needed. In that spirit, a quick and to-the-point track by track review: Uncomplicated - No. I Hope Your Happy Now - Solid power pop, this would’ve made a better opener than Uncomplicated. Tokyo Storm Warning- Six minutes is way too long for this. Home is Anywhere You Hang Your Head - That got awfully pretty towards the end. I Want You - This is basically a Summerteeth-era Wilco track, no? Never really made the connection between Jeff Tweedy/Wilco and Elvis Costello, but holy shit, this had to be an influence on his vocals. Honey Are You Straight or Are You Blind? - Thank god this was only two minutes. What an obnoxious riff. Blue Chair - I can not unhear the similarities in the vocal stylings of Costello and Jeff Tweedy now. Battered Old Bird - “he’s a battered old bird and he’s alivadupalellwerlllll.” This song sucks. Crimes of Paris - This is what I was expecting from an Elvis Costello record. Relatively straight forward power pop. Poor Napoleon- “She called you her magic fingers”. This is what happens when you get paid by the word. You come up with terrible metaphors…ones that should still haunt their author 36 years after being forced upon the world. Next Time Around - another pretty standard power pop number, REM’s “Stand” bears a striking resemblance to the chorus of this song.
One of my fav albums of the mid-80s.
I want you gave me goosebumps. This album has a Beatleslike feel but there’s some tracks in there that are just amazing. I’m gonna listen to this again
Can't really go wrong with Elvis Costello, can you? This is pretty great. A little bit grittier than some of his other stuff. I really like this album.
classic Elvis, great melodic songwriting seems to mark the end of his pre-Spike era, with albums like Oliver’s Army, etc
Another incredible EC record.
I want you I want to hear he pleases you more than I do
Great EC album from his classic period. Check out his list of "500 Must-Have Albums" on Vanity Fair.
Well that worked out well, I was probably going to listen to this today anyway. Y’all one star wankers need to grow up.
PREFS : TOUT MOINS PREF : RIEN
not as good as Imperial Bedroom imo but still pretty fuckin great 9/10
a perfect alloy of lyrical inventiveness and pop skills
Oh you mean Bob Dylan if he carried a tune? Oh you mean sounds like church hall dance music from before the Beatles became popular? Yeah of course I loved it. He’s king of the easy listening genre.
Creo que no reconocía la voz de Elvis Costello, pero está buena. Disfruté este disco, creo que tiene de repente momentos tristones o muy llegadores que son efectivos, además no llegan a la miseria absoluta. Quizá sí, puse poca atención a las letras por privilegiar escuchar la música que me gustó mucho. Mis favs: "Tokyo Storm Warning", "I Want You" y "Battered Old Bird". 9/10
it was okay
Vibritas divertidas y relax. Nada supermemorable, pero tiene por ahí algunas partes contagiosas. He de confesar que sí hice algunos skips de cancioncillas que me parecieron muy genéricas, por decirlo de algún modo. La que más me gustó fue Tokyo Storm Warning por el ritmo y la onda atmosférica de Poor Napoleon. Mood: de cuál parroquia robaron su órgano?
7/10. The singing started out more annoying than usual, but seemed fine later on.
this is definitely darker than the other ones but i think it works. 8/10
Another solid release from Elvis Costello and his last proper release with The Attractions (in the 80's anyways).
I want to explore more, as he is well respected artist. Seems unique sounding.
great album, costello is good
What a great record! Listened to it back to back 3 or 4 times.
Liked this though the album was probably a bit on the long side which made it repetitive. Keeping it condensed would've probably added a star but it's really good nonetheless.
I hummed and hawed over giving this 5 stars but after 3 listens it hasn't quite grabbed me hard enough. "Tokyo Storm Warning" has long been one of my fave tracks by any artist after I heard it on a Best Of album. Fave track - this time around, "I Want You" really, really sank its claws into me. That is one hell of a song! The version with Fiona Apple on vocals is well worth a listen too...
I Want You and Battered Old Bird are amazing. The album from start to finish is lyrically engaging and exudes a passion and hard edge from Elvis Costello.
Хороший рок и кантри и рок
Big elvis fan....dunno b&c that well tho... After shaky start..(tracks 1 & 2)...like. I want you?of course ..a classic
Rating: 7/10 Best songs: I want you
pleasant surprise after only knowing his cover of Charles Aznavour.
231221 13:50 3.5
I am a HUGE EC fan, but I never would have thought that this album would make the list. Don't get me wrong this is a great album, underrated and perhaps forgotten in is catalogue. I lost touch with Elvis after this album, for whatever reason I had no need for anymore EC...for me this album was the perfect farewell. I actually like almost every song and it might be his greatest vocal performance up to this point. 4.5 stars
I loved it, great background music
Quite an ahead-of-it's-time grungy album. Less poppy, fewer hits, quite pleasant.
I love it when an album takes its title from lyrics of a song instead of a song title. And this one comes right out uses the first three words from the first song ("Uncomplicated") for its title. This is usually a pretty good indication that I'm going to dig the album (See also: Nirvana, "Nevermind"). It's quite possible this ends up being my favorite Elvis Costello album. That's not to say it's his best, but it might be the one I listen to the most. Coming into this little exercise, I was only familiar with the first part of Costello's career. I knew nothing about this album and assumed this would give me a reason to ramble on about how Elvis Costello has too many albums on this list. Oh, how great it feels to be wrong!
Didn't listen to more than a few songs, but liked what I did listen to.
I really loved “This Years Model” in part because it had such a consistent sound - I was a little hesitant on this album but overall I liked it for a lot of the same reasons. “I want you” and “Blue Chair” are highlights
Schmissig, nerdy und selbstoffenbarend. I like Elvis. 3.6
Never listened to this one before, I should listen to more of his stuff, it's always good.
Costello in fine form, comfortable with himself and in total synch with his band. Tokyo Storm Warning and Crimes of Paris are entertaining, searing ditties and the imperious I Want You are highlights. Surely no more sinister, twisted song than I Want You was ever committed to wax?
Listened to on 4/21/22 3.5/5 Favorite song: I hope you’re happy now, blue chair, crimes of paris The rock vibes were lovely and the band did a great job of capturing emotional grunge but the vibes were conflicting in some songs. I liked the loud studio volume recording and how it made you feel like you were front row at their concert. This album was pretty much only about sex and sad relationships but all in all pretty good
I love Elvis when he is just rockin' out. The band were barely talking to each other, but were a well honed live unit. They got into the studio and recorded quickly, loudly, and with verve. The album is concerned with sexual obsession and betrayal, which reflects the band's vibe. The reality comes across. Muscular, immediate, honest and loud. Love it.
This has held up extremely well. I remembered it seeming a bit forced and over involved back in the day, but it sounds great today, raw and driving and engaging. Opens strong – first 4-5 cuts are all very good. And ends strong, too – “Next Time Round,” which I don’t recall hearing before is a new BFF track for me.
Solid as always.
Cool to hear something I had no idea existed. There's also no way the movie wasn't inspired by his pseudonym on this album.
Really good album. Enjoyed this a lot
Elvis Costello is always good for a enjoyable album. One of the biggest surprises in this experiment, I have yet to listen to a bad album of his. While his albums are not revolutionary or groundbreaking but they are consistently filed with good songs
I’m not sure that all his albums included on the list are worthy on an individual basis to be included, from the basis of being influential or musically innovative. But every single album of his, including this one, are great music. Great rock music with cool guitar parts, melodies, chorus harmonies and a raw live sound.
Rock & roll y new wave. Me ha gustado. Un 4.
Really enjoyed it. Good music and lyrics. Best Costello album I have heard so far in this list
Wasn't bad but it was kind of boring
It’s good, but a little bit longer. Often feel a bit to earn and. Cover art 2/5. What on earth is going on here. Trying too hard. Too pretentious
You'll never have to twist my arm to sit down and listen to an Elvis Costello album. This one is solid. I don't think I've ever sat down and listened to this album from start to finish, as most of the songs were new to me. I've found a few new favourites here.
Good album. Not many that stood out over the rest but still.
Never not a good time for Elvis Costello
Enjoyed this immensely, especially "Uncomplicated," "Tokyo Storm Warning," and "Blue Chair" (but I wish I knew WTF the blue chair is).
Good but not anything mindblowing.
I've always heard a lot about Elvis Costello. So far, first couple of tracks are solid. Catchy songwriting and interesting voice. Voice reminds me of Bob Dylan's kid from The Wallflowers. Jacob? I Want You is a solid track for sure. I also really enjoyed Battered Old Bird. One thing I'm getting from this album is Elvis Costello was way ahead of his time.
A direct, gritty and highly mature record, B&C has held up extremely well, perhaps because it seems less overtly angry (more resigned) and the sarcasm more understated than the previous records. Still there's plenty of vinegar, this being EC. The no-produciont-is-the-best-production vibe is great, especially for this era and gives a very warm sound. On the downside it's also slightly less fun and tuneful. Best cuts are "Home is Where ...," the vintage "Hope You're Happy Now," "Blue Chair" and the rousing closer "Next Time Round." And one's always had a soft spot for the powerfully unenjoyable "I Want You." The depth and substance are powerful throughout and sustain interest across a full listen. A strong outing from top to bottom, with remarkable consistency across every cut, and quite underrated in the end, it must be said.
I'm a huge Costello fan but this is far from my favourite of his albums. Still pretty good though.
Didn’t super love or hate this. Not much of a fan of dude’s voice. I swear I saw somewhere this was an R&B album and that may have skewed my ears coming in. Standout Tracks: Tokyo Storm Warning, I Want You, Crimes of Paris
1986. Key Songs: I Want You, Uncomplicated
Not really my music type.
It was ok.
Quite good, very interesting lyrics, ahead of their time.
So, I’ve never really listened to Elvis Costello before despite having heard a lot about him. This album was okay. I thought Tokyo Storm Warning was interesting and I didn’t mind the closing track either. Despite the lyrics I found it to be inoffensive generally, and I enjoy his voice. That said, if someone threw this album on, I wouldn’t mind it, and would probably pick it over some albums we’ve listened to (looking at you, Genesis). Where I struggle is what this album does that makes it so important to listen to. I wouldn’t call it bland or boring but it was very safe sounding to me. Now I’m rambling. I guess this is one of his lowest charting albums so I don’t want it to be a nail in the coffin for Elvis. I think I wanted to enjoy it more than I did.
I'm usually not an Elvis Costello guy but this okay because it reminds me of a fusion of Springsteen and Bowie. I still don't love his vocals but the album isn't bad
Pretty ok album. Some good songs some ok songs. Nothing too bad or too great. Kind of right in the middle
Easy enough to listen to (though for some tracks that comes with the caveat that you should ensure that you are in a healthy frame of mind) can't see me singing or dancing to this.
Tom Petty but not as good
Our third album from the lesser Elvis. On a positive note, we're now halfway through all the Elvis Costello albums on the list, and I did enjoy a bit more of this one than the others. I still find his voice to range from tolerable to extremely annoying, to the point where I had to skip some songs. But I honestly can't call this bad. In fact, I'd call it pretty good. The songs I liked were really solid. Maybe with each Elvis Costello album I'll like him more? Probably not. Favorite tracks: Uncomplicated, Battered Old Bird, I Want You. Album art: "I call this one 'Bold and Brash.'" "More like 'belongs in the trash!'" Pretty gruesome abstract art. I like the appearance of Napoleon Dynamite, there's some lore here about whether Elvis inspired the title of the movie (which I'd say is better than anything I've heard from this guy). I like this cover though, it's neat. 3.5/5
Not nearly as good as his other albums on the list. 6
To me this sounded like if Bob Dylan’s electric stuff was good. All though I’d always heard about how Elvis Costello is a prolific and influential musician, the only song I’d ever heard of his was “The Comedians” due to the Watchmen comics. I never really disliked anything that was on here but like others said before me, nothing about this struck me as a must listen album. Pretty straightforward up and down rock with a few funky lyrics. “Tokyo Storm Warning” was the only track that stood out to me due to its fun Barenaked Ladies “One Week”ish nonsensical lyric rambling. Other than that, not really a notable album at all. I understand that Elvis never stayed inside the lines of one genre for too long so maybe I’d enjoy some of his music from another phase in his career more, but this album was at best so-so.
Elvis Costello might be growing on me. 6, but a relatively high 6
I’ve always liked Elvis Costello, but never REALLY liked his music. It’s pretty good, but don’t remember ever wanting to plop down a dollar for a used CD. Most of it sound the same to me, just different tempos. I did kind of like “Honey Are You Straight or Are You Blind”, but other than that. Meh. Feeling generous with 3*s
I like the sound, but every song sounds the same. I have knocked some other albums a bit for weird songs towards the end of the album that didnt quite work, but at least Frankie Teardrop was SOMETHING different. Plus what I know from Elvis Costellos other work it also sounds much the same. Would give this a 3.5 because it is least good the same.
I liked this one. As with the last Elvis C album sent to us, it's recorded later than the time frame I associate with his sweet spot but it was an enjoyable listen.
Great album to listen to but didn’t buy his music
Despite only having one notable single, this album is a great look into what makes Elvis Costello and the Attractions such an important group. The lyrics, melancholy, and musicianship all come to a head on this art rock album.
This is perfectly passable. 'Tokyo storm warning' and 'blue chair' both have a good bounce to them. For some inexplicable reason I can imagine listening to this on the megabus from Liverpool to London.
Have nothing really good or bad to say about it
A decent Elvis Costello album, but definitely not his best. 7.9/10
It was pretty good. Nothing noticeably bad. Highlights were Home Is Anywhere You Hang Your Head and Blue Chair. Prrrreeeeettttyyyy boring (for me) otherwise. I understand why people would like it. 6/10.
classic rock, interesting but not necessarily my cup of tea
Only had time for a partial listen
I've never delved deep into Elvis Costello's catalog beyond his greatist hits and radio hits, so this was a different side of EC that I'm used to seeing. And I dig it. His voice never bothered me as it seems to bother others, but I've grown up with that voice and am a well-enough-versed veteran to listen beyond that. The writing, production, and musicality of the Attractions put together a great late-era New Wave album. Overall, 7/10, rounded up to a 4/5. I don't know why added to the list, but can appreciate it presence.
Better than pump it up
Not the vibe today
Typical Elvis Costello for me, bluesy and groovy, wry lyrics.
Don't love it. Don't hate it. I actually thought I would like Declan Macmanus' voice even less, but sometimes it was ok. Also, I think he should have stuck with the name Declan. He'd be the only famous rock'n'roller named Declan. But I think there's another Elvis.
Not my favorite Costello album, but I still enjoyed it.
I like Elvis Costello but I don't think this is one of his best works.
Wel goed maar ik vind het niet speciaal klinken
Ah. A little disappointed with this one, unfortunately. Maybe I came in with high hopes, but this didn't live up to expectations. A few standouts (I Want You, Blue Chair) but overall a little forgettable and sounded uninspired/clunky/meh.
Elvis Costello is one of those hit or miss singers for me and this album is mostly a miss. I've listened to a few of his albums and they all tend to have one great song and the rest are mediocre. I couldn't find the great song on this album.
3.8 - Elvis Costello pushes his vocal performance here. I've always respected him as a rock singer but "I Want You" is completely next level. The rawness and vulnerability of the emotions comes through in his vocal performance. Incredible. Similarly with "Battered Old Bird." The rest is tightly crafted pop-rock that showcases Elvis Costello's flare for dynamics in chord structure, tempo and volume. There are enough surprises to keep the ear engaged, though I'd struggle to remember most of the tracks besides the couple.
Elvis Costello neutral
This is palatable…. Elvis Costello has never really been my thing though.
Usual good and distinctive vocals, but not such a super duper sound. Ok I suppose.
I enjoyed half of the songs very much and appreciate the music throughout. The only thing is I'm not a big fan of Elvis' singing style and it gets weary by the end of a whole album. This is my second album so far and my opinion hasn't changed, but I can pick and choose songs like Tokyo Storm Warning and I Want You.
not a standout album, solid listening but nothing I feel compelled to return to
The stories Elvis tells are very vivid. I just wish the music followed.
Not a great album but I tolerated it.
i'll always love his voice, but this album kinda just left me feeling like i'd heard it a hundred times, when i'm pretty sure i'd never heard it before. it wasn't boring, it was just...there.
alright album, not innovative compared to other elvis costello albums
Tämä Costellon levy tuntui aika tasaiselta peruskamalta, jännästi on tähdet vaihdelleet tällä listalla kakkosesta neloseen ja nyt tarjoan välimallin kolmosta. Ei tämä huono ollut, mutta jotenkin tämä ei lähtenyt lentoon ja tykittänyt täysillä.
This is a good album, but I'm not convinced it's great.
okay doesn’t really hit but good 3.5
Somewhere between Armed Forces and This Year’s Model.
Mjög næs plata. Declan klikkar ekki.
Napoleon Dynamite, isn't it? Nope, it's just Elvis No. 2, and just like Elvis No. 1, he apparently makes bland, uninspired albums (despite the fact that he is playing at a freaking stage volume inside a room big enough for an orchestra). But this one specifically does have a few hits, most notably "I Want You". Thank god Elvis No. 2 lives during the times where great singles are also included in albums, unlike Elvis No. 1. Oh! And the two Elvises have a pretty different, albeit generic, sound. This one is pretty grunge-like. I wonder if his voice is great in ballads. Like Elvis No. 1, his voice is annoying when he's singing rock.
Intense, intriguing and very much of its time.
I found this bland
Decent but forgettable pop music. Sounds like it was recorded quickly, but none the worse for it. Honey are you straight or are you blind, and I hope you're happy now were my favourite songs.
I'm not the biggest Declan fan, though there's plenty of stuff I love. This is second tier for me.
Not bad, but also not very good
probably the best Costello's album so far, it was kinda fun, but I still don't understand the recognition this guy gets
Elvis is a dick but this one is all right.
Ikkje spesielt minneverdig, men ikkje dårlig heller
Cool. Cool. Not a big Elvis fan but I didn't hate this one. Matter of fact. I can't recall a thing about it. I'm nonplussed.
There are some decent songs. I hear similarities to modern bands that may have been influenced by this.
liked a few of the songs, most of them didn't particularly strike me
The most interesting thing about this was learning that Elvis Costello used the pseudonym "Napoleon dynamite" for this album, yet the film having the same name was complete coincidence apparently.
Thought it was a decent album
Can appreciate it but not my type of music
First time really listening to this artist. Pretty impressed
Didn't hold my attention at all. Not a single stand out track on the whole album. Not one of his better albums and definitely not worthy of being on this list.
Not an Elvis Costello fan and this album didn't change me. Just kind of a forgettable album. 6/10.
3.5 stars. "I Want You" was the best song on the album. Why so many Elvis Costello albums on this list?
Überraschend gut. Vorher noch nie etwas von gehört, war aber positiv überrascht.
I think what I like best about Elvis Costello is his writing His lyrical style can be dark, sardonic, sometimes funny. This is not one of my favorite EC albums, but it still shows some sharp, stinging perspectives that are solely ECs.
Not heard this one, but sounds like it could be one of his best after his first 3 albums, which were all stunning.
Rockig, laute Stimme
Elvis Costellolla on kyllä hauska ääni ja muutenkin aika jees levy.
Tää on ihan jees, mut en tiiä miks just tätä hypetetään. Omasta mielestäni kolme ekaa EC levyy on ne mitkä jengin pitää kuunnella. Ei tämä. 3/5
Malgré nos multiples manifestations anti-Costello, Robert n'a pas cedé d'un pouce, et continue de nous noyer sous les albums absolument minables de Costello. Nous allons donc devoir procéder à une opération coup de poing très prochainement, vous en saurez plus dans les prochains reviews. Nous n'esperions pas devoir en arriver là, mais la cause anti-Costello va nous obliger à sortir les grands moyens.
Comme vous l'a annoncé eltrapeze, la génération de cet énième album de Costello a créé un véritable ras-le-bol au sein de la communauté. L'opération Anti-Costello va avoir lieu très prochainement, restez connectés.
I love a bit of EC, even this one which isn't one of his best.
I don't mind a bit of Elvis Costello. This was just a background today though
This has a good sound. I've only listened to a limited about of Elvis Costello but I enjoyed this one. The Attractions sound great and Costello has a very raw sound to his vocals. This has some lows as well. Some songs are forgettable. Still worth checking out. 3/5.
Je suis pas trop fan de costello mqlgré le nombre d'album dans la liste. Celui ci n'esr pas mom favori de la liste. 3
Well it is unmistakably an Elvis Costello album. I love Elvis Costello but to be honest, apart from I Want You, this album isn't essential. That isn't to say it isn't good album
What a great voice! First time listening to Elvis Costello (although I've heard of him many times before) and I'm already hooked. This album might be an example of one where music is really just an uninteresting background. And well, they are really nailing the "uninteresting" bit. Blood and Chocolate is one of many albums recorded by Elvis Costello and The Attractions. They are playing mostly upbeat rock songs (rock'n'roll with some modern influences, in my opinion) with very uninspiring rhythm section and occasional great guitars and mini solos. Definitely this album was made to show the great vocal range by Elvis, and better music would just be in his way. There are few songs, that when listened to out of the context of this album can be a great joy, like "I Want You" and "Battered Old Bird", but this is not enough to change my opinion about this record. To sum this up, Elvis gets full five stars, The Attractions one, so we have an average of three. But despite this rating, I would be very curious to check another albums by Elvis. Maybe there is something more suited to my taste?
So so, not a bad album but I'm not sure why it's special Pleasant listening
Enjoyable, and interesting enough, but not particularly impactful.
I very much like Elvis Costello, but this album was a snoozefest. I'll stick to his earlier stuff.
Elvis Costello gets a bit more raw and a bit less memorable. lots of Costello-voice and emotional twang. 2.8/5
Not a bad album, but not an exceptional one. There is too much Costello here.
Ehhh. Ok if your type of music
Blood & Chocolate is the 11th album by British rock singer songwriter Elvis Costello. This grungy, new wave, rock album was pretty good, but nothing really stuck out to me as amazing. Although it was a decent album, I don't think I'll ever listen to it again.
Nä inte så kul för mig
Okay. I'm not sure Elvis Costello is my thing.
Alright, never been a big fan of Elvis Costello
Now I know that I am not a fan of Elvis Costello
“Blood and Chocolate” by Elvis Costello and the Attractions (1986) Breakup songs that get the anger out, but will endear you only to women who have no self respect. You may be into that. Go for it. Thoughtful, if sneering, these are lyrics that treat the listener with some good enough poetic ideas, but lacking poetic sounds. Too bad. It’s half great. And the music fails to do justice to the work that went in to the lyrics. It’s too plain. Compositions lack flavor and aroma, like a case of Covid. The exception is “I Want You”, which could have been so much more powerful with better production. Costello’s voice is not great, and the studio guys do him no favors. He too frequently attempts to exceed his limited range. I suspect he had too much control over the vocal track processing and overall mixing. I can picture an engineer pleading with the producer to add just a little reverb. Somebody might be able to sing these songs, but not Elvis Costello. This album could have been so much better. It’s a shame. It’s like a collaboration between Bob Dylan and The Monkees (sorry if that made Dylan fans cringe—or Monkees fans for that matter). Overall, this album is exquisitely unsatisfying. 2/5
Is it possible the only Elvis Costello albums I like are the ones that I owned? I don't think so. If I heard this in the mid-eighties, I wouldn't have bought it. I like "I Want You" and "Tokyo Storm Warning" but get tired of his voice quickly after that. I gave a 3 to "Brutal Youth" and I like this album a bit more, but I read the 1001 review and even they were lukewarm on it!?!?
Never realised what a weird/distinctive singing style he and. Not really into this but didn’t find it as offensive as some of my AOTD colleagues
Just too much
I just could not get into this. Vocals are not a good fit for me.
Not a fan of his voice
Seen Elvis Costello live (acoustic) years ago, was pretty boring and it put me off him but he is no doubt a talented and clever songwriter who knows his way around a tune. More of a pop album than expected and some decent tracks but won’t listen again.
I've never listened to Elvis Costello, interested to see what this sounds like... UPDATE 1: Is it weird to say this reminds me of Bruce Springsteen?? Listening to "Tokyo Storm Warning" and if there were a little more keyboard and sax this would be a Boss song. UPDATE 2: Wtf is "honey are you straight or blind"???
This sounds like one of those albums that was played on the radio a million times as a child and it's the sheer memory that keeps this album alive. Like it is cohesive...but it the weirdest way. Like if the Beatles were stuck in their "I am the Walrus" phase. These songs are extremely long.
This was really a chore to listen to. I feel like I survived an onslaught of Dylanesque whining.
Elvis Costello has made many great songs during his career that I enjoy, but Blood and Chocolate has too many annoyances for me to find them on here. Elvis' vocals sound more nasally or breathy than usual and the bad mixing makes it drown almost everything else out. I find that this is the case on every track, except "I Want You", where there are not enough instrumentals present to be overshadowed. It's no coincidence that its the only song here I find to be worth another listen. 2/5.
Not for me
Elvis Costello sounds like he has noise cancelling headphones or earplugs in when he sings as is off key
not really my thing, influenced/inspired by/aspiring to Bon Dylan? with subpar lyrics
Climate change is real. This album does nothing for me, but I did find it interesting that Elvis Costello used a time machine to go 18 years in the future to watch Jon Heder’s breakout movie and include Napoleon Dynamite on this 1986 album cover. I did however deduct a star for failing to warn the world about global warming.
I really do not like the singers voice. everything else is fine albeit a little generic if i'm honest
Elvis Costello is rock for 80s hipsters. Self important, arrogant and never more than just ok. Dragged on a lot and all sounded exactly the same. The album had run its course by the third song but it still had an eternity to go. I was expecting to come across one of his albums sooner than this tbh. 2/5 for boring the hell outta me and being a critical darling for no reason I can think of.
The guy who compiled this list is clearly a huge EC&TA fan. I don't think I'll ever become one.
Interesting guitar work here and there but not enough to overcome the repetitive song structures and annoying vocals
I can sort of understand having ONE Elvis Costello album on here. But 6!? So far they all sound the same, and they're starting to sound not very good.
Like the other Elvis Costello album we've had, it's pretty disappointing. He's a great singer and some of the songs have the potential to be hits such as Battered Old Birds and Crimes Of Paris. But why does the production have to suck so much? It just completely ruins the album for me. And this one doesn't have a real standout hit like Alison to lift it up either.
On the occasion of decent music Elvis’ voice cuts in as either whiny or droning. Not convinced by the lyrics.