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Brutal Youth

Elvis Costello

1994

Brutal Youth

Album Summary

Brutal Youth is an album by Elvis Costello, released in 1994. This album contains the first recordings Costello made with his band the Attractions since Blood and Chocolate (1986). About half the album features a band consisting of Costello (guitar), Steve Nieve (keyboards) and Pete Thomas (drums) with Nick Lowe (not a member of the Attractions) on bass. Costello himself plays bass on two tracks (2 and 8), and the complete Attractions line-up (Nieve, Pete Thomas and Bruce Thomas on bass) appears with Costello on tracks 3, 4, 6, 9 and 10. Brutal Youth was the third, and most recent of Costello's albums, to peak at number two in the UK Albums Chart, following on from Armed Forces (1979) and Get Happy!! (1980).It was among the six Costello albums featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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Rating

2.89

Votes

4754

Genres

  • Rock
  • New Wave
  • Pop
  • Singer Songwriter
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Tue May 18 2021
2

Everything about Elvis Costello, from the name to the glasses to the sneer in his voice to the nonsensical pop culture references, is aped from another artist in a cynical attempt to separate Boomers from their nostalgia dollars. He's Springsteen for people who bristle at the thought of even pretending that they're working class. That may not be fair to him, but he was just unfair to my ears for an hour, so we can call it even. This album feels like it was specifically engineered to be bland and unremarkable, and contemporary reviews were middling. Why is it on the list? Best track: Kinder Murder

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

Every song on this album sounds like it should be the soundtrack underneath a montage of a complicated character in an indie film walking through the streets of their city at night as dawn breaks while figuring out their purpose/finding peace.

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Sun Sep 19 2021
1

80 albums in, reluctantly my first 1 star… but it was so boring and bland, at least musically, and the lyrics also didn’t do anything for me.

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Wed Oct 07 2020
4

I've never really been much of a fan of Elvis Costello. I generally find his tracks to be bubble-gum, pop-sugar imitations of punk songs. The opening track, "Pony Street" did nothing to change that impression. Things picked up with the second track, though. "Kinder Murder" is fun and approachable while keeping with a more punk lyrical ethos. That carries through the remainder of the album. While some of the tracks are definitely dated and haven't necessarily aged well, the guitar tones on this entire album are outstanding, the engineering/mixing is impeccable, and the lyrics are generally compelling and thought-provoking, at times reminiscent of The Beatles and, at other times, bringing to mind classic funk/soul masters like James Brown and Aretha Franklin. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this album.

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Sat May 01 2021
4

I enjoyed the slightly slower pace of this album because I think he stood out more as a songwriter and the music varied more between songs. Another 8

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Idk what the fuck I thought Elvis Costello sounded like but I was very wrong. Enjoyed

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

Elvis is the man! My only knock is Elvis’s vocals are so distinct that you instantly know it’s him as soon as you hear it. On this album, he didn’t vary up his vocal styles enough and towards the end it dragged a little. Definitely excited to check out some of his earlier work with The Attractions now though.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

An interesting mix of genres and styles here. I really haven't given Elvis Costello as much of a chance as I should've. This album is fun and consistently upbeat even when it gets a bit more edge on some songs.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
2

Meh.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
2

Although this album is pretty inoffensive, nothing much on it grabbed me.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
2

Uncommon upbeat album in 90s Costello discography. Still boring though

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Sun Feb 28 2021
5

Really really really good.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
5

Sheeeee

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Thu Jun 03 2021
5

The only Elvis that matters

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Thu Feb 17 2022
5

cool

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Thu Mar 31 2022
5

Loved every minute of it

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Thu May 19 2022
5

Fucking awesome!

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

My favourite Elvis 😊

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Tue Oct 06 2020
4

3,5/5

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Mon May 03 2021
4

I love me some Elvis!

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Wed Jun 16 2021
4

Great!

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Wed May 05 2021
4

Сойдёт

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Pretty good, that guy does know what he's doing, just didn't like it that much. Favorite song probably was 20% amnesia

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

Really good album that I've never listened to start to finish.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

I should listen to the lyrics. I do like it though.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

Next tier EC.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

I want to compare this to other Elvis Costello albums, and it's far from my favorite. But it's a great album overall.

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Sat May 01 2021
4

8/10, pretty enjoyable, another good Elvis Costello album

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Sat May 01 2021
4

lots of really weird but funny songs on here. fun listen but i found it a little long. 8/10

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Pretty good, will definitely revisit Elvis Costello. I had heard a few albums when I was in middle school, but hadn't listened to it since. I can tell he was influence for a lot of other bands I've heard, namely Wilco.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

une excellence prestation de Gerard de Palmas

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Sun Mar 28 2021
4

Liked this a lot better than the last one, songs were catchy

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Wed May 19 2021
4

overall thoughts: woww i enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I was gonna. really like his voice. would definitely have to give another listen for the lyrics. sounded like it was good writing. not sure how to describe the genre, like a rock, pop type vibe. not 1 bad song on here, tho a couple of tracks I'd have to relisten. 4/5. fave tracks: my science fic twin, pony st, kinder murder, 13 steps lead down, 20% amnesia, sulky girl, all the rage, favorite hour

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Sun Aug 15 2021
4

I like me some Elvis Costello. It's weird and eclectic in a way that works for me as opposed to weird and off-putting.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
4

Good album. I really liked This is Hell. I enjoy Elvis Costello, but his voice gets a little annoying to me after a whole album.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
4

Favs: This Is Hell, You Tripped At Every Step Mehs: Pony St. Always enjoyed Elvis Costello. I think his voice works better on slow, coffeehouse stuff. When the songs get fast and tinkle-y, like "Pony St.," his voice grates on me. But some of his stuff like "This Is Hell" and "Everyday I Write the Book" (not on this album, but my favorite) is excellent.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
4

Didnt expect to enjoy this as much as I did.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
4

Quite liked this.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
4

I liked it. I'm a Costello fan.

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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

Pleasantly surprised

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Thu Oct 21 2021
4

Bursting out with all the classic Costello trademarks- pounding drums, lyrical piano flourishes (always a suggestion of Abba in there), Bruce Thomas octave flourishes on the bass (on some tracks - on the rest it is either Nick Lowe or Elvis himself stepping through the smoke. pink Precision at the ready, saying "Tonight, Matthew, I'm going to be Bruce Thomas out the Attractions"). As always with Elvis, he spits out lyrics packed with tension, about women who are out of reach, of frustration and exclusion, and adds McCartney-esque flourishes to sweeten the rage. Clever-clever, as always "but its by Julie Andrew not by John Coltrane" - you need to join the dots yourself to get "My Favourite Things". Often the protagonists in the songs have a misogynistic outlook similar to the Stones on Aftermath. "Sulky Girl" - "You're talking like a Duchess but you're still a waitress". Great lyrical specificity, such as the use of Hungerford Bridge in London's Brilliant Parade. I think my issue with Elvis is that he had made quite a lot of quite good albums, which can end up sounding much of a muchness - that's probably on me rather than on him! 4 stars

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

Liked it!

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

I think Elvis Costello is great, and this is a really strong album. My only minor complaint is sometimes his songs veer into maudlin, Broadway musical sounding affairs, but mostly it's great. 4 stars.

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Sun Feb 13 2022
4

The album didn’t grab me at first. However, once it got going I began to enjoy it more. Elvis Costello’s mix of rock, pop, punk, and a bit of jazz makes his music stand out. His use of melody is very interesting and he is clearly not afraid to genre hop. There is some filler on this album, but when it’s good, it’s really good

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

Good stuff!!!! Costello’s songwriting is proven here. Amazing melodies and song structure. The execution instrumentally was also top notch. The Attractions are tight as hell. The sounds weren’t great though :( Costello was way to far up front. I couldn’t hear super precisely what the rest of the band was doing. I got used to it pretty quick so it wasn’t distracting past the first few songs. It’s still a shame though because the instrumentals were clearly great. I wish I could really focus on them. I do really enjoy Costello’s voice but his accent is THICK on this one. With the vocals so far front in the mix, I’d like to at least sing along to the words. With his enunciation (or lack there of) I wasn’t sure what he was saying a good chunk of the time. That might just be a me thing, though. I’m sure his lyrics were good, too. Make me listen to them, or don’t. Don’t make me swim up stream. Either way, I didn’t feel like the album dragged at all (UNLIKE LEILA APPARENTLY). Everything felt appropriate and worth while. Only complaint is the mixing and some of the sonics.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

Straight forward rock record. In typical Elvis Costello fashion the songs are sarcastic, bitter, vitriolic, and with just a little bit of regret thrown in. Costello once said something like he only knew two emotions, anger and embarrassment. His songs can be so specific but relatable.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
4

This is the best of the many Elvia Costello albums I’ve heard on here so far. No hits, just great songwriting!

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

I've not seen much reason to go out of my way to listen to Elvis Costello in the past but this one hit me just right today with its fun tunes and cheeky lyrics. I had a great time and want to keep it around.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

Great easy listening album. Has a unique voice with an alternative sound. I like all the sounds created in the album. The pony street is awesome.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
4

Elvis Costello nearly always works for me. I've never actually listened to this one before though, as I don't usually go past the 80's with him. This sounds like a nice return to form. His best work is always with The Attractions.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
4

I like some of these songs. I want to like him more than I do, because he seems smart and funny and charming, but there seems to be an irony there that's not letting me in. Or he's just much smarter than me and I don't get it. I particularly liked "This is Hell" and am hearing what I interpret as a Beatles, or similar influence, in the use of background vocals which I find amusing.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
4

I listened to this one twice in a row. I've always been a fan of Costello's early stuff but hadn't heard much of anything beyond the 80s. These are really strong, am I crazy? I'm surprised I've never heard a single one of these. This is Hell was a real stand out for me. I like it.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

I consider myself an Elvis Costello fan, however I started to lose interest around the time of Imperial Bedroom and King of America. I came back for Blood and Chocolate which I thought was very good. The rest of the post Get Happy was either ignored or disliked. This album was ignored and it shouldn't have been. From the opening song I could see Elvis was ready to rock. I started to wonder...did he bring back the Attractions? Then the 3rd song starts; 13 Steps and that unmistakable organ sound of Steve Nieve. Yes The Attractions are back! Lots of strong songs with the unmistakable EC wit in the lyrics. Particularly strong is Sulky Girl. I'm glad I found this album. Not sure it belongs on this list but it does belong in my collection. 4 🌟

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Fri Jun 03 2022
4

Has some fun pep to it at times

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

I dig it. I like Costello's sound, I love his unconventional and quirky vocal stylings, and I love his lyricism. You never get a predictable love song or rock and roll dirge; there's always rich layers of complexity and nuance in the songwriting that give the listener so much to mull over. Especially if you're a lyrics first listener like myself. This isn't the best possible iteration of Costello though. This is someone who knows himself, knows what he's capable of and delivers it expertly. But it isn't Costello at his most powerful and impressive magnitude.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

First time listening. I dig it....but I'm a huge fan

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Wed Aug 10 2022
4

3.75

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Wed Aug 17 2022
4

It's a fresh sounding album chock full of well crafted pop songs with catchy musical hooks. I struggled to hear a lot of the lyrics but there are some great song titles. Probably a little bit too long (or maybe a tad too many songs) but the quality remains high and the production has warmth and a bit of bite. It was well worth a listen (and close to getting 5)

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Sun Aug 21 2022
4

8.6

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

Good, some stand out tracks.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

Iloinen yllätys! Mitä enemmän kuuntelin tätä albumia, sitä enemmän tykästyin siihen. Lisäsin muutamia kappaleita soittolistalle.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

Elvis Costello is the coolest Elvis.

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Sun Nov 06 2022
4

Another type of rock and roll sound. I enjoyed it.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
4

Definitely a songwriter album. Lyrics and attitude are on full display and nearly everything is pretty engaging though not always melodic. Though the energy/shift is nice on 20% Amnesia, that is pretty much the only song that doesn't work for me. Love Sulky Girl.

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Thu Dec 01 2022
4

Pick zawierajacy potezna jojowa referencje w tym samym dniu w ktorym dropuje ostatnia czesc szostego parta, przypadek, nie sadze, ale jestem nim pozytywnie zaskoczony, bo jestem prawie pewny ze przed dzisiejszym pickiem nie slyszalem nic od pana Costello, a ma on prawdziwie potezna dyskografie, gdzie Brutal Youth z 94 plasuje sie gdzies w srodku stawki jesli patrzec na roczniki wydan, gatunkowo slychac ze jest to granie rokowe z mocno popowym spinem, bo jest to muzyka mocno przystepna dla ucha, ale jednak nie nazwalbym jej w zadnym wypadku radiowa, a to za sprawa tego jak pisane sa kawalki, ktore przepelnione sa subtelnym sarkazmem, roznorodna tematyka, ciekawym prowadzeniem opowiesci i barwnym jej kreowaniem, dodajac do tego charyzme i to cos w wokalu jakim operuje Elvis, ktory z poczatku wydawal mi sie dosc generycznie brzmiacym glosem i dziwna maniera wymawiania niektorych zwrotow, no ale to przeciez brytyjski angielski, ktory jednak jest przystepny, jednak po godzinnym przesluchaniu plyty, a potem jej riplejowaniu jakos mi on siadl, co do instrumentali sam Costello gra glownie gitarowo, choc na jednym traku chwyta rowniez za bas czy pianino, a banda ktora go wspiera sa The Attractions z ktorymi juz gral wczesniej oraz pan Nick Lowe na basie, nie wiem czemu ale mialem wrazenie, ze material brzmi zbyt hamerykansko jak na rokowe popowanie z wysp, glownie za sprawa gitarki i klawiszy, ktore robia robote, zwlaszcza na takich utworach jak this is hell, ktory jest zdecydowanie hajlajtowym fragmentem plyty, ktorego nie moglo zabraknac na plejce, razem z kinder murder i just about glad, ktore daja wiecej spotlajtu dla gitarowania Costellowego

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Thu Jan 14 2021
3

Elvis Costello! man he is the better Elvis. That being said, this is not one of my fav alums of his, like his new wave stuff better

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Mon Sep 14 2020
3

7/10

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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

This was not bad, but didn't live up to my previous expectations of Elvis.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

A bit weird

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Fri Oct 09 2020
3

Connor: - really cool mix of groovy rock with unusual rhythms playing against each other - I really liked the choice of instruments in each song, which seems like a weird thing to point out, but they add piano/keyboard and different types of drums in various songs and it always works well, the instrumentals are great - but Costello's voice is quite limited and he tries to do too much with it

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Wed Oct 21 2020
3

Enjoyable. Vocals on the first track were way too loud

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Mon Mar 29 2021
3

Ei ihan yhtä räväkkää menoa kuin listalla aiemmin vastaan tullut herran varhaisempi levytys. Kuitenkin silti ihan toimivaa setämiesrokkailua. Erityisesti This Is Hell jäi mieleen.

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Sat May 01 2021
3

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Fri Jun 25 2021
3

Popcito mono, bien hecho, agradable de oír y con letras ingeniosas pero con todo y todo un poco olvidable. Es muy obvia la influencia que tiene Costello en el britpop que vino unos años después y que hoy todavía suena en muchas bandas que me gustan. Quizá me animaría a darle más puntos si conociera más discos de él.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
3

3.5| Verga con éste disco, siempre pensé que Elvis Costello era para tías viejitas pero la verdad es que es brutal o por lo menos para mí así lo fue ya que tenía una idea diferente, tal vez me sorprenda más con discos anteriores.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
3

Estoy seguro de que nunca había escuchado nada de este disco (y probablemente nada de Elvis Costello), sin embargo su música suena inusualmente familiar. Aunque el disco es agradable, se me hizo como muy genérico. Sólo me llamaron Kinder Murder y 13 Steps Down, que suena a intro de Sitcom.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

At first listen, if youre not familiar with the sound of Elvis Costello like I was, you may get hung up on his almost abrassive voice. If given a chance, you'll quickly find something to love in his simple yet at times complex music. The lyrics to most songs are just about as literal as you can get. Many songs paint an exact picture of events or stories, yet Costello always has a way to make even something like a Clown Strike seem universal.

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Sun Feb 28 2021
3

Today I listened to an Elvis Costello album from 1994, called Brutal Youth. I've been tangentially aware of Elvis Costello since I was a young kid. The more I learned about music, the more I heard about his large influence on new wave and punk. I've not really spent much time with older albums that cemented his status, they were never very accessible to me when I would jump in. Maybe something with his voice? OR I can't understand anything he is saying. I do enjoy this album, it has lots of hooks and melodies that have grabbed me. It makes me want to do more and give all his albums a listen.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

liked a lot of it, but some if the slower songs just were snooze fest.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

Yeah. Ok. Yeah.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
3

Elvis Costello sure is cool. But this alb is just middling. Nothing too great here, there's a lot of fun. It's jaunty, but there's too many weird ballads. I wish the attractions were here.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

It was ok. Some fine songs, but overall just… ok. Favorite tracks: “13 Steps Lead Down,” “You Tripped At Every Step,” and “Favorite Hour”

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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

Elvis Costello is one of those artists that I have a hard time getting into or understanding what the big deal is. I will say that this album had a few songs I could see myself liking after a few listens but I'm still not really sure what the big deal is.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
3

Beim ersten Hören solala, hat aber Potential #listenagain

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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

I didn't like it too much, but it is an ok album.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

So, Sue & I used to watch the show "Spectacle Elvis Costello with:" He had great (aging) guests who would sing a song or two, they’d do a duet, then the part that we’d have to brace ourselves for was Elvis’ two solo songs of the night. In one of them we knew he’d use his “rock n’ roll voice”, which was well past it’s prime. He seems past his prime here too. For comparison purposes, I went back to his sixth album, Imperial Bedroom (1982), which had a similar vibe & I remember liking. The overall sound on this release is comparatively raw, notalways bad but not a good thing here since the song-writing isn’t as strong and his voice is stretched in places. The 1982 production was lush and creative. Compared to Imperial Bedroom, this sounds like a demo tape. He’s still a great lyricist though and after 3 listens there's a few songs I'll playlist.

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Sat May 01 2021
3

Still not a huge elvis costello fan. It was okay. 6

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

I always want to enjoy Elvis Costello albums more than I think I will. And then I always do in spite of my own overthinking it.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

It was alright. 0RS

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Sat Apr 17 2021
3

I like the diversity of sound Elvis packs into his albums, all remaining in the sort of pop rock world but having a good number of feels throughout. This album was alright, but not enough songs to really bring me back again

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Mon Mar 29 2021
3

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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

Weird to hear a mid nineties Elvis C album. w a voice like his it's hard for the sound to change too much. Not sure why the pause but it's solid EC

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

ehh.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
3

3/5 some interesting tracks in there, but not so much.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

Easy to listen to. Some words are unintelligible. Gets boring toward the end.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
3

false

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Sun May 16 2021
3

Was sceptical at first because it was not what I expected, but there were some really good lyrics, which I really connected to

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Mon May 31 2021
3

Not superior Costello, by any stretch, but there’s always enough variety, texture, idiosyncratic turns of phrase and weird vocal flexion in any of his songs to last the day, let alone his albums.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
3

Alt/independent rock. Piano, guitar, drums, solo and harmonized vocals, occasional brass. Clever lyrics and rhyming schemes.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

Typical Costello as far as I can tell. Not bad.

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Wed May 12 2021
3

I feel really neutral about this one lol

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Thu Jul 22 2021
3

Interesting 3? 3.2?

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

good album...never heard of the guy before

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Tue May 11 2021
3

I found the album to be a little weird. I'm not quite sure I am a fan of his vocals, but it wasn't hard to listen to. The ending got a little slow, but over all it was enough to get me to explore his other music which I think speaks for itself.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
3

Vintage Elvis songs. Listening while traveling so I didn’t pay a lot of attention to the album

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Thu May 13 2021
3

Mixed feelings on this one... not memorable, i finished listening and didn't even remember half the songs. probably would never listen again but it wasn't terrible... it was just mediocre. 5/10

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Wed May 26 2021
3

Sometimes interesting and unpredictable musically, other times not so much. Sometimes his voice is annoying, other times perfectly expressive. Wasn’t my cup of tea but it wasn’t bad. Faves (not in order): This is Hell, Clown Strike, Still Too Soon to Know, London’s Brilliant Parade, Just About Glad

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Sun Jul 04 2021
3

EC vibrato fatigue.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

No había escuchado a Elvis Costello. No dudo que sea un genio, pero este disco se me hizo muy básico. Espero que otros que seguramente van a estar en el listado estén mejores.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
3

Rock

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Fri Aug 20 2021
3

Okeydoke

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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

Apparently there are 6 costello albums in this list. I like his style, I like his music, but...... is he responsible for 6 of the greatest albums of all time? no. obviously he isn't.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

More upbeat than the last album of his, less ballad-ey. Really enjoyable.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

I started off thinking it sounded like any other EC record, same sneery vocals, same mid-tempo mild rockers... Then it kinda got its hooks in me. Great musicianship in the band, and he's singing his lil nerdy white ass off.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
3

Not the biggest Elvis Costello fan, but this album was enjoyable. Not memorable at all to me, but still a decent listen. 3.5/5.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

I enjoyed it, didn't give it my full attention really as I was cooking and that but it was good to have on

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

didn't grab me like I hoped...just okay.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
3

7/10

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Wed Dec 29 2021
3

2.8 - I want to like Costello more, but it’s hard to pull off. Tracks like “Sulky Girl” and “Just About Glad” are enjoyable and the lyrical wordplay is fun, but overall his music sounds repetitive and overly focused on his (still unique and quality) vocals. It too often feels just a bit too stilted for me to lose myself in - it’s a very top of mind type of music.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
3

again nondescript

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

was ok, nothing wow though - had an expectation that lyrically I would be really impressed but not really

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

So. Yesterday I had Elvis Costello. Today? Elvis Costello. When I went to the wiki page for this album I found out that this is one of SIX E.C. albums in the top 1001. ...?? SIX! Well screw it, at this point I expect - nay, want - the rest of the week to be Elvis Costello. (OK but really?) Look, I like Elvis Costello. Like. I don't quite get it though (meaning 6 albums?) and this isn't a fair review because now I'm creating some sort of meta-critique of how much he should or should not be represented in a subjective listing of the ~1k most important albums ever. He's not 6-worthy. Not sure anyone is to be fair. I can only assume this one is here because he reunited with his band The Attractions for the first time in nearly a decade. Cool? I mean, it's pretty decent - but I don't know if it's better (or worse) than his other few I'm familiar with. It's...Elvis Costello and if you're familiar with his old work it sounds like a slightly softer 90s version of his 70s material. Which yeah, nice enough. So. Overall, there are some good songs (personal faves: "13 Steps Lead Down" and "My Science Fiction Twin"), but the album is too long (EC was definitely an artist who benefitted from the pre-CD era of ~45minute max album lengths) by about 5 songs, it's not quite as punk/raw as 15 years prior but it's still a fun listen. Kind of an easy 6/10; straight 3 stars. A safe album, aka nothing explicitly bad but outside of a few choice cuts I probably wouldn't go out of my way for it. Then again maybe I've just had too much Elvis for one week...

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

An enjoyable album.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
3

He's a little bland but at the same time, the music isn't too bad.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

Some cool tunes but not my favorite Elvis Costello album

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Wed Feb 16 2022
3

Foi me conquistando. Bom.

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Mon Feb 28 2022
3

Jazzy. But not too jazzy.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

Sounds like a 70s or 80s Elvis Costello album, not as weird or precious as feared. It's OK

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Wed Mar 16 2022
3

I've always reservations about Elvis Costello's music. Something in the way his songs are constructed have always impeded my desire to listen to them. I wonder how I'll get on listening to an entire album? The answer is I liked it ok. I didn't love it. I still don't connect with that rambling structure well. I feel like most songs are run-on sentences. Not something I hate, nor something I will seek out. Guess its a meh from me...

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Fri Apr 01 2022
3

It's Elvis Costello.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
3

Still can't get into Costello at all.

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Mon Apr 18 2022
3

Interesting! I'd never seen this featured in any list before and I am not sure if it's considered as a classic. First thing that struck me is the intricate vocal melodies Costello is capable of. Yes, I already knew, but for some reason this seems to be particularly stressed on this record. Second, whenever I play a Costello album most of the times I find myself thinking about Blur. In 1994, Elvis Costello reunites with the Attractions and kind of goes back to the more nervous sound of their beginnings. There is room though for delicacy (You Tripped At Every Step, This Is Hell with vocal harmonies and string arrangements in a very Beatles-y manner, London's Brilliant Parade) It's pretty much a long album and could probably use some trimming down, but the first half is strong enough to keep my attention from wandering. 

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Fri May 06 2022
3

Not as good as his earlier albums imo

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Fri May 20 2022
3

Top Red is Elvis.

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Fri May 20 2022
3

Reminds me of Cliff Richard's dick. Soft.

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Fri May 20 2022
3

Not bad but not impressive either

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Wed May 25 2022
3

Some decent individual songs but plods along, especially when compared to the energy of My Aim is True

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Sun May 29 2022
3

Really not bad but damn it felt like 3 hours

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Wed Jun 08 2022
3

I can tell this is well written and put together, I wanted to like it, but found it mostly dull...it seemed to get better towards the end, which may be a sign Costello was growing on my, but I'm not sure.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

Our fourth Elvis Costello album. And it really doesn't change the opinion I have from the first three in any way. So here goes - my opinion on Elvis Costello, applicable to at least 4 of his albums: Good singer. Mostly boring songs with a few standout tracks or part of tracks. Unfortunately, not enough to carry the album though. Too much filler. Production pretty bad (although better than on the other three).

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Mon Jul 04 2022
3

Elvis Costello makes his 90s revival with several new ideas, but for the most part, you know what to expect. This is an album for fans: it's not experimental but more-or-less the same type of New Wave music he'd been making with the Attractions since the 70s. More fuel for pleasure. Classic New Wave music. I'm a fan of his voice and optimistic instrumentals, with jazz influences and sick keyboard effects. None of his best songs are here, and there's many boring ones (and it's also too long), but there's a lot of quality. Favorites: Kinder Murder, This is Hell, Clown Strike, 20% Amnesiac, London's Brilliant Parade

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Wed Jul 13 2022
3

This was just ok in my book.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
3

It was OK.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
3

High three.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

Though I have listened to most of Elvis's albums, I hadn't actually completely listened to Brutal Youth. I rank his first four albums high in my "must-hear" list and his output of quality music has been extraordinary. Brutal Youth isn't among his best, but it's still a constantly good record, with a few standout songs. Overall, he has a lot better albums (which will probably show up here soon) and I consider this among his mid-range material that shouldn't be overlooked.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
3

Witty lyrics from a disgruntled wise man.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
3

You know when someone labels the Christmas presents wrong and you are given a lovely floral scarf, which would really suit aunty Susan? That's how I feel about this. In this metaphor aunty Susan has perfectly good taste, by the way. In an alternate reality, I had a flatmate who was obsessed with Elvis Costello and I learned to love this album along with the rest of his back catalogue, and I could carry off a floral scarf with panache and lavender eau de toilette.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

I quite like Elvis Costello, it turns out, although this wasn't as infectious as some of his other albums

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

I like Elvis Costello but this album is almost too polished in a way compared to what I expect. Definitely more of a fan of his earlier 80s stuff.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
3

The list has made me a Costello fan, even tho there is too much of it here. This Is Hell is the highlight from this album, because isn't it tho??

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

Kinder Murder is something else. Not an album I'm familiar with, but I recognise some of the songs. Some of this sounds very 1994 but not too dated and still unmistakably Elvis Costello. Together this seems to work very well. Probably a bit overlong. Enjoyable.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
3

Some really strong songs, but didn’t blow my socks off as an album. But it’s still Elvis Costello.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

One of the nicest outcomes using this app has had on me is that it helped me revise my judgment on Elvis Costello. Don't pay too much attention on the reviews I've left here about *This Year's Model* and *Armed Forces*--I just needed a little more time to digest Costello's peculiar aesthetics in those early records of his. In spite of my initial reluctance, I actually went back to those LPs to finally understand what's great about them. So I guess you can add one point to the grades I've left at the end of those reviews. Sometimes, a day is not enough to understand somewhat convoluted sorts of songwriting that are actually stellar once you get the hang of them (see also: Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Vampire Weekend or Lana Del Rey). That being said, and this time I'm dead set I'm not making a mistake here, I don't think *Brutal Youth* should be included in a list of 1001 essential listens. This record is decent and generally well-crafted, of course (because, hey, it's Elvis Costello here), and the first four tracks are lively and witty enough to give you the idea that you're in for a great ride. Yet, unfortunately, and apart from "20% Amnesia", everything after soon becomes a little too drowsy and self-indulgent. Costello does what he usually does, i.e. penning sophisticated lyrics that are sometimes too obtuse and smart for their own good, along with composing middle-of-the-road pop rock tracks that are as much a showcase for his harmonic skills as they are easy on the ear. The problem is that in more than the two thirds of this LP, you can't help feeling that none of those songs are really memorable, at least not in the way its counterparts were in Costello's more famous LPs. Besides, the vocals sound a little off sometimes, as if Elvis's intentions as a singer were not that clearly defined during the recording. It's a problem that also plagued an album such as *Blood & Chocolate* before, but at least you had a highlight like "I Want You" in it to make up for those shortcomings. There are a couple of highlights in *Brutal Youth*, I'll grant you that. But they aren't as good as the song I've just quoted here, and they're certainly not up to the level of *most* tracks on Costello's early records. To put it in a nutshell, it's hard for me to imagine many casual and even not-so-casual fans of this artist actually singling out this album. So, next, please. Number of albums left to review: 750 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 124 Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 62 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 65 (including this one)

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

Ok, kind of middle of the road

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Sun Nov 06 2022
3

Bon j'ai écouté les 3 premières chansons et je reconnais clairement le style. On ne se trompe pas. c'est quand même plus rock que les 2 précédents albums que j'Ai eu sur la liste. J'aurais tendance a dire que j'aime mieux cela. Ce la doit être plus tôt dans sa discographie 3.5

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Sun Nov 13 2022
3

Not in my top 10 of his…but still worthwhile tracks…and his least is most musician’s “more.”

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Mon Nov 14 2022
3

Elvis Costello. again. Roll up my sleeves as I think this is finally the last one in the batch, and well it's the one of the most listenable as a whole. His nasal voice and awkward song concepts are still there, but there are few standout tracks here and there. Costello has better songs, but the albums they rest in are uneven. This one is a bit more of an all rounder - but I'm all Costello'd out by now. He's good, but not good enough to have his whole discography here.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

I've never been a fan. I appreciate that he is a very good songwriter. But his music kind of reminds me of that one friend who records their songs on a cassette deck and then pulls it out at a party and wants everyone to listen to it, and it just kills the vibe.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

meh

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Fri Apr 23 2021
2

I had another Elvis Costello album just two days ago. Not really keen on more so soon, but open mind! haha. Apparently SIX of his albums are in the book ffs. I guess it'll at least be interesting to hear what he was doing in the mid 90s. Ok, and the answer is a poppy version of like whatever the Lemonheads were doing, or soul asylum etc. Fancy that - new wave no longer in! 2/5 cause it goes too long.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
2

2.5. nondescript, listened to it while cleaning. don't see why it's on this list.

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Fri Sep 25 2020
2

Mostly boring - I just don't enjoy the dude's voice or the musical concepts he tries to employ.

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Mon May 03 2021
2

det här var inget vidare tycker jag. knepig röst och låtar som liksom inte ger en det där lilla extra i mellangården va.

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Wed May 12 2021
2

I can’t. His voice is so annoying I want to gouge out my eardrums.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
2

2.5 | Hubo un momento hace mucho a fines de los 90s en que me interesó conocer sobre Elvis Costello, lo que conocí me gustó mucho en su periodo inicial en los 70s, fue un punk y postpunk muy interesante con canciones que se sentían frescas, innovadoras y muy bien escritas. Desde esa época y hoy en día siento reafirmado creo que con el tiempo Costello se convirtió en un Jack of All Trades, Chambitas, Muchoabarca o como se le quiera llamar, incursionó en tantos géneros y formas que se comenzó a diluir y para está época siento ya se oía un poco genérico. No tiene nada malo el disco, las letras de hecho bastante buenas pero musicalmente no me llama, se oye como un rocksillo alternativo muy estándar que, para su supuesta habilidad, debiera ser bastante mejor. Un disco bastante medianon a mi sentir, decente como fondo musical pero alejadísimo de canciones como Radio Radio, Less Than Zero o Pump It Up que son muy muy brillantes. Supongo habrá mucho más de él en la lista pero esta selección, aunque no mala, deja mucho que desear para ser de él.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
2

No more!

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Thu Apr 08 2021
2

Not a bad album, but also not the kind of music I fully enjoy. Could let it playing in the background, perhaps.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
2

Not bad

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Wed Jun 16 2021
2

I am pretty sure that I do not like Elvis Costello

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Fri Apr 02 2021
2

Just can't really stand Costello's voice... tough listen for me. Some of the lyrics are quite good but that voice... ugh.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
2

EC did not really do it for me. His voice was annoying

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Mon Mar 29 2021
2

Se aiempi Elvis Costellon levy oli iloinen yllätys, mutta tämä levy oli paremmin ennakko-odotuksia vastaava ja se ei tässä tapauksessa ole hyvä asia. Kovasti on vauhti hiipunut ukolta vuosien varrella. Nuori Elvis pääsi alkukierrokselta jatkoon, mutta tällä suorituksella tie nousi pystyyn puolivälierissä.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
2

Teknisesti kivaa musisointia, mutta siihen jäi. Ehkä edellisen levyn jälkeen yllätysmomentti oli käytetty ja odotuksetkin oli nyt korkeammalla.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
2

So this is a weird one. It’s not terrible, I wouldn’t rush to turn it off if this album somehow popped up in my everyday listening. But having said that, I don’t feel the need to listen to it again. As such it’s getting a 2, though it would be more of a 1.5 if I had the ability to grade it that

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Mon May 03 2021
2

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Wed Mar 24 2021
2

Hope this rating doesn't offend anyone! This album didn't really do it for me, especially the artist's voice. Maybe not his best work.

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Mon May 31 2021
2

Mean man with oodles of talent rings out the dregs of it in what I guess is actually his mid-career seeing as he still putting out records. Results are music that's as ugly as some of the things he's said on the first half and occasionally exquisite on the second (London's Brillaint Parade, My Science Fiction Twin).

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Fri Apr 09 2021
2

Fine with a couple of good tunes, however feels pretty functional and way overlong at an hour. Maybe if I had a better sense of Costello's catalogue and it's place in it I may appreciate it more but seems a strange choice for this kind of list.

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Thu May 06 2021
2

I feel like there are some good songs here, but the production really stands in the way of them shining.

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Sat Apr 24 2021
2

Faltam CINCO desse cara??? Gostei de Clown Strike e Rocking Horse Road, só.

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Fri May 28 2021
2

Don’t like Levi’s Costello. But actually better than I expected

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Fri Jun 04 2021
2

Tråkigt

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Thu Jun 03 2021
2

I'm not a fan of Elvis' voice. It's too nasally and whiney.

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Wed May 12 2021
2

Nothing to special. By no means is it a bad album, but just not my thing and kinda generic

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Wed May 19 2021
2

instruments are good, some good songs, but his voice is not enjoyable

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Thu Aug 12 2021
2

Super forgettable considering his previous work

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Fri Aug 20 2021
2

The only thing brutal here was listening to this album all the way through. I generally find EC to be somewhere between "fine" and "good", but something about Brutal Youth was just absolutely unbearable. Why are all the good albums only 30 minutes and all the bad ones over an hour? He just kept GOING and GOING and WHINING and WHINGING. No thank you Elvis. I'll stick to Alison.

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Mon Aug 23 2021
2

is it just me or did this SUCK.

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Mon Aug 23 2021
2

wasn’t a fan :(

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Fri Sep 10 2021
2

An album of two halves. About half fairly standard MOR, whilst the other half is more experimental and varied. It makes it more interesting, but interrupts the flow. Might have been better as two separate albums? Overall, its pretty average. I didn't massively enjoy it. 2.5/5

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Mon Nov 08 2021
2

Not my favorite album of his. Still some decent tracks, but didn't hit as hard as This Year's Model

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Wed Nov 10 2021
2

I just can't get on with him.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
2

Not a lot of fun. Other Elvis albums are better

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Fri Nov 26 2021
2

I have tried and tried, but I just can't get into EC.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
2

No single track stuck out to me as better or worse than the others. So I guess that is saying something.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
2

Not particularly bad. Just pretty ordinary.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
2

more of the same Elvis Costello. Just doesn't do much for me. 2/5

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Thu Jan 20 2022
2

it dragged on a little.. his other album (from YESTERDAY) was much more exciting and good. this one was just slow and it seemed like it was trying to push it along but i didn’t love

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Wed Jan 26 2022
2

I know I should like costello but does absolutely nothing for me at all. 2

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Wed Feb 02 2022
2

I'm over him. All his songs sound the same. Was misled on the last album of his where I knew some hits.

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