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Imperial Bedroom

Elvis Costello & The Attractions

1982

Imperial Bedroom

Album Summary

Imperial Bedroom is the seventh album by Elvis Costello and his sixth album recorded with The Attractions. Released in 1982, it was the second Costello album, after Almost Blue, not produced by Nick Lowe: production was instead by Geoff Emerick, who was well known for his engineering work with Beatles. "I wanted to try a few things in the studio that I suspected would quickly exhaust Nick's patience," Costello wrote in the liner notes to the 1994 Rykodisc reissue.It was voted the best album of the year in The Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop critics poll. In 1998 readers of Q magazine named it the 96th greatest album ever. In 1989, it was ranked No. 38 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 100 Greatest Albums of the 80s. In 2003, the album was ranked number 166 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, maintaining the rating in a 2012 revised list. It was voted number 321 in the third edition of Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums (2000). In 2012, Slant Magazine listed the album at No. 59 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980s". The album reached number 6 in the UK charts and number 30 in the USA but the singles were less successful. "You Little Fool" and "Man Out of Time" each briefly appeared in the UK Singles Chart, but neither charted in the USA.

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Rating

3.05

Votes

4745

Genres

  • Rock
  • New Wave
  • Pop
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Thu Sep 16 2021
2

Like a slice of slightly burnt, dry toast. Edible, but not very satisfying. If it was a footballer, it'd be James Tarkowski.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
1

Is it me or is it the case that anything ever farted by Elvis Costello has made it into this list? So this is a protest vote. Yes, I can see how this music would feel the peak of musicness to many, but I find it boring and repetitive. Especially the fifth time around.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Might require a second listen. It’s a really weird, interesting, quirky record. Definitely some Beatles influence. I think you can draw a line from this to some of the chamber pop of the 2010s. I don’t LOVE it but I think it’s pretty fun, pretty solid, I don’t know if I like it better than his earlier records, but it feels very distinctly Elvis Costello

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Thu Oct 08 2020
3

Beautifully crafted but also smug and soulless. Not much fun

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Wed Mar 31 2021
2

Elvis #2. I've never listened to him before. He's British, so I imagine we will get a handful of his albums before the list is through. It's hard to pin a genre label on this, it's all over the place. I'll say off the bat that I do not like his singing voice, it strikes me as whiny and annoying. The instrumentals were good, but overall quite bland. It doesn't add up to much, aside from a collection of posh, "adult" pop songs. This is certainly not for me. Favorite tracks: And In Every Home, Shabby Doll. Album art: Really digging this one, love the abstract picture, great colors. The text of the title is a little confusing but also creative. A shame the album is nowhere near as interesting or exciting as this cover. 2/5

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Mon Feb 15 2021
2

Costello's voice has always annoyed me, and the songs on this album are all so bland. It's completely unoffensive and mostly biege. Tedious.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
2

Kinda boring, can't remember a single thing about it

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Thu Apr 08 2021
2

Very hard album to get through though it had a couple of decent tracks.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
2

Fucking Elvis Costello.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
2

I hate to rate this so low, since Elvis Costello has other records I absolutely adore, but this...was not great. It was dull for me, and for once I found myself annoyed at his vocals. Other than a few tracks, I wouldn't revisit.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
2

It's fine. None of it's bad. It's good, but not great. It's also all over the place, and it's Declan at his most pretentious period. I'm an unabashed Elvis Costello fan, but dude has SIX albums on the list, and that's probably two too many. Let's bump this one from the list.

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Mon May 10 2021
1

Imperial Boredom

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Fri Feb 18 2022
5

Imperial Bedroom by Elvis Costello and The Attractions (1982) “Ineluctable modality of the visible . . . nebeneinander” “Ineluctable modality of the audible . . . nacheinander” —James Joyce, Ulysses (1922), chapter 3, “Proteus” In plain English, these two quoted snippets mean: (1) The inescapable way in which we perceive objects by seeing is adjacently, side by side (German nebeneinander), linking the visible with space. (2) The inescapable way in which we perceive objects by hearing is sequentially, one after another (German nacheinander), linking the audible with time. Space/visible and Time/audible. (This goes back to Aristotle’s Sense and Sensibilia [Περὶ αἰσθήσεως καὶ αἰσθητῶν] section 7, but let’s not get carried away.) There is great wisdom here, which is essential to our fullest understanding of poetry, and hence, our fullest understanding of Elvis Costello’s Imperial Bedroom. The best poetry incorporates both the spatial and temporal modes of perceiving, by producing mental images and setting them forth in an aural sequence. Yet it is helpful to distinguish (without separating) the two modes as our minds absorb the artistry into our souls. Now, a peculiar (perhaps unique) feature of the album as it was originally released is that the lyrics were printed on the inner sleeve, but the hole in the middle of the sleeve was ‘filled in’ by lyrics printed on the label on Side One (!) of the vinyl disk itself. This means that one could only read the entire lyrics with the LP in the sleeve (and properly rotated), and therefore, not on one’s turntable. Thus, since it was impossible to play the record and read the lyrics at the same time, the perplexed owner was forced to not listen to the music if he/she wanted to fully appreciate the message (Perhaps they got complaints, because later RCA versions of the LP simply printed a normal label and the full lyrics on an inner sleeve without a hole). Now this original packaging design may have seemed to be a quirky and annoyingly meaningless gimmick, but I’m sure it was quite intentional. Read these lyrics before you listen. It will keep you, whether you’re aware of it or not, from confusing the nacheinander and the nebeneinander. And what we find when we let the poetry speak first (I recommend the Genius app) is that Elvis Costello had some pretty strange things to say, and he said them quite well. With very clever wordplay (sometimes bordering on the trite, but always entertaining), superior euphony, vivid word pictures, multivalent allusions, clear cadence, and bold emotional evocations, Costello treats themes of troubled and ended relationships, social isolation, philosophical conundrums, lament for the departed, longing for seriousness, savagery in intimacy, frustration in being misunderstood, inexpressible love, the foolishness of adolescent promiscuity. And I won’t spoil it by connecting particular themes with particular tracks. If you just ‘play’ this album, it will zoom right past you. This is the poverty of MTV, YouTube, and the whole phenomenon of streaming, young folks. You’ll have to work hard to overcome the deficiency. I mean, just take his opening quatrain: “History repeats the old conceits The glib replies, the same defeats Keep your finger on important issues With crocodile tears and a pocketful of tissues” This is not hopscotch. This is T.S. Eliot territory (well, I exaggerate, but hyperbole can be found in Eliot himself, although he’d deny it). Hundreds of gems like this in only fifteen compositions. Now the music, well, it’s Elvis Costello, produced by Geoff Emerick, known for his previous legendary engineering work for an obscure British combo called The Beatles, and backed by The (superb) Attractions. What’s not to like? As I’ve said elsewhere, in terms of his music, Elvis Costello is fond of the compositional device of ‘bending’ classic rock & roll, jazz, and pop sonic tropes toward the irrational. It’s more sophisticated than mere mockery. It reflects a redemptive abandonment of mid-60s popular culture’s self-inflicted illusion of hopefulness. It’s a musical expression of the reason why a question mark is curvy and an exclamation point is straight. On the minus side, there is sometimes a slight disconnect on the record between the musical and lyrical moods, but, hey, get over it. This album is a rare combination of musical and poetic sense. By distinguishing these elements as Costello undoubtedly originally intended, we can absorb the interplay as art. 5/5

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Thu Mar 03 2022
5

This album has been giving me goosebumps since it came out 40 years ago. The Attractions are at the top of their game in mellow, loud, chamber pop and everything else. Elvis’s songs cover relationships as usual with biting sarcasm and wordplay. The opening trio of Beyond Belief, Tears Before Bedtime, and Shabby Doll set a level of brilliance followed up through the whole album

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Sun Feb 28 2021
4

What a fantastic album, no incredible songs but consistently good. Well matched to his voice in particular. Will listen to this again for sure

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Wed Jul 21 2021
3

He’s a good song writer, but I’m kinda sick of hearing his voice

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Tue Jun 15 2021
2

Eh, Elvis Costello never really appealed to me. This album is pretty typical of my experience with him -- OK singing, and music that I don't like very much. 2 stars.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
2

Another Elvis Costello album proving he has too many albums on this list. One was worthy, the rest are mediocre.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
2

p487, 1982. 2 stars I know he's a great wordsmith, but lyrically this is just depressing and bloody miserable to listen to. Very few standout tunes either. And something about Elvis Costello's voice leaves me cold, its either a whine or a sneer or a whiney sneer. Well done but definitely not my thing. Not likely to listen to this again. And will avoid sharp objects, pills and alcohol if I do.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

One of my favorite albums.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

Loved it!

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Wed Feb 17 2021
5

Good surprise

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Wed Mar 31 2021
5

Great listening to the other Elvis.... quite a popular album when I was in college.....

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Fri Aug 20 2021
5

LOVED!

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Fri Dec 24 2021
5

Wow

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

Wow. Can't believe I didn't know this album.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
5

4.5/5. Prob my fav Costello so far. Quite zany

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Sun Apr 17 2022
5

Amazingly good, Costello doing what he does best

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Fri Jun 24 2022
5

I was an ignorant 1 star wanker about Elvis myself once. Since I’ve hit 40 I’ve learned to embrace his snide, sneering, whinging cynicism. Y’all need to grow up.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

"Imperial Bedroom" is the 7th album by Elvis Costello and the 6th album with the Attractions. And what a great album this is! It helps that it has my favorite two Elvis Costello songs ("Beyond Belief" and "Almost Blue"). It was produced by Geoff Emerick not Nick Lowe whom Elvis typically have produce. Elvis said this was his happiest album to date. I don't know; the lyrics are utterly brilliant but I don't know if I'd call them happy. The music is pretty happy though and is definitely a variety of styles. In addition, you can find something musically in almost every song making it worth a listen. The first single released was "You Little Fool" at the insistence of the record company due to its happy music. It is fairly happy music with the piano carrying the chorus and a song about a daughter's cry for attention and romantic misery. Not so happy. The album actually starts with "Beyond Belief" a song which slowly build to a musical climax. Great lyrics and imagery about the cycle of pursuing love....just fantastic. "Man Out of Time" is what Elvis said was the heart of the album and kind of autobiographical about a man disgusted with himself. Great well-balanced music too. "Almost Blue" is a sad piano song about two people growing apart. It needs to be heard in a smokey bar (which don't exist anymore). Pitchfork only ranked this at #155 for albums in the 1980's. There are 154 better albums? Anyway, I have heard a lot of Elvis Costello and this definitely near the top.

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Sun Aug 07 2022
5

10/10 fucking LOVED the diversity it was so fresh and fun the whole time some parts were definitely a little too experimental for some people but I loved every second I’m definitely disappointed by how many people gave this a negative review why you gotta do this banger of an album like that?

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Wed Oct 19 2022
5

Superb album. His best.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

"History repeats the old conceits...the quick replies the same repeats", this album is tattooed on my brain..."so teddy bear tender and tragically hip", I love this record. This was his third album after his first early period of signature tunes. Trust was a fine lo fi album, then his country covers the wonderful Almost Blue and then this, and let me say his version of Almost Blue on this album wiped the floor with Chet Baker's sodden sulk. EC had been working up to this record, it is truly about the songs and he'd finally got the Attractions where he wanted them. Kid About It (the chorus vocal lines..."say you wouldn't", Beyond Belief, the epic Man Out of Time, Tears Before Bedtime, the Chris Difford penned and superb Boy With A Problem, this is EC in his lyrical and musical pomp, album that is played with monotonous regularity in our house her indoors also rates it highly. For the post new wave punk EC I'd start here.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
5

I think is this Elvis Costello’s apex in terms of experimentation. The album is dense, highly melodic and dabbles in unusual melodies and chord changes. It seems influenced by the early 20th century American songbook yet it also looks forward to college rock.

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Thu Sep 24 2020
4

Good cooking album!!

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

Pretty dope album. 'Man Out of Time' is the standout track for me. 4 stars.

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Sun May 09 2021
4

I liked this a lot!

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

I haven't listened to a ton of Elvis Costello. I enjoyed this album, very one note... it might just be the dynamics of a-side vs b-side, but i enjoyed the first 6 songs way more than the rest.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

This didn't jump out at me as much as I had hoped, but I do like Elvis and will listen again

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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

Very nice. Hadn't heard most of this before.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
4

Wonderful stuff - love both the lyrics and the melodies. I could definitely sink more listens into this album and hear new discoveries every time... Fave track - "Beyond Belief" - I think I've loved this track for ages and didn't know what it was called or which album it was on, so good to find it!

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

great album “Shabby Doll” suck, though.

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Sat Apr 24 2021
4

Like a bit of Declan

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Genau genommen 3,8 Punkte für eine sehr angenehme und erste echte Entdeckung in diesem Reigen. Besserer Schmelz als Morissey, prächtige Arrangements, überhaupt keine Angst vor Seele auch über die Schmalzgrenze hinaus, zeitlose Produktion, schickes Cover, smarter Titel. Überhaupt: sehr smart das alles. Vorstellbar, dass sogar Bowie in schlechten Momenten neidisch, in guten aber sicher mit viel Wohlwollen auf einen offensichtlichen Schüler geschaut hat. Warum nicht direkt 4? Gute Frage, warum eigentlich nicht? Fragen Sie mich doch in einem halben Jahr nochmal, das geht mir jetzt zu schnell wir kennen uns doch noch gar nicht. Waas, ins Hotel?! Hmmm...oknagut

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Love on first sight Spent the night in the Imperial Bedroom with this dorky melancholic who I thought I knew already for ages. Strange chemistry. I hope he calls.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Tolles Ding: Sound, Stimme, Erzählweise. Aber fürs »Slapping in the face« eines Mädchens gibts Abzüge.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

Not really my cup of tea, but sounds good!

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Sun May 02 2021
4

Solid, inventive, and timeless

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

Double Elvis day/back to back Elvis’s! They couldn’t be more polar opposite. Costello has a beautiful voice and a wide array of song types. Long honeymoon made me feel like I was walking the cobblestone streets of France. The album cover too, reminded me of French beatniks. Still trying to figure out what the Album cover is representing. If you find time listen to my favorite Costello song “Every Day I Write the Book” He is a breath of fresh air. I feel like Costello was the 80’s John Mayer only hipper .

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

4

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

Energiek en tijdloos.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

Onbekend Costello album voor mij, maar erg goed!

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

Toffe plaat en mooie liedjes! Had me nooit echt in hem verdiept, maar het is zeer de moeite waard.

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Thu May 13 2021
4

a lovely variety of instrumentation, kind of unusual singing voice, and some lyrics that make me wistful for... something. An oddly shaped and unique pop album. Kind of reminds me of Bohemian Rhapsody a bit (but I'm a total layman to Queen...)

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

Mooi, dit album kende ik nog niet!

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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

Weird good.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

I'd forgotten how good this album is from front to back. Two songs from the cooking playlist, too. Such a great record.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

Enjoyable

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Fri Jul 30 2021
4

Meilleure que les autres que j’ai entendue. 4

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Sun Aug 22 2021
4

Fantastic album. Costello's voice never sounded more rich.

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Tue Sep 07 2021
4

I never liked too much of Elvis Costello, but this is another surprise brought to me by this project. I never like it because I never listened to the phase with "The Attractions". This album is the second one of "Elvis Costello & The Attractions" and it's another classical with a lot of references and good songs. It's not so linear and has one or two downsides, but it's definitively a great album!

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

I've always shied away from Elvis Costello, just wasn't my thing, but this had me squeezing my butt cheeks to the beat.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

Why do I want to not like Elvis Costello? Is it because he’s like a Hipster Bruce Springsteen? He’s a good songwriter, he’s got good hooks and good lyrics, interesting delivery, this album is multi-genre. I hear Spoon and King Khan. I’m not sure, I don’t think he’ll ever get a 5 from me, really solid stuff, but something, some pazazz is missing. Maybe it’s intentionally understated? B.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

On the first song you shoooowed so much potential Now I'm here hearing ooooonly shabeedah Do I have to tell you whaaaat I need you singing Not an AM station loooonely shabeedah Elvis you wrote this soooooo perfect and loungy I enjoyed every tuuuuuuune in shabeedah A-

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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

Et udemærket album. Lidt langt måske. Flere gode sange og den første halvdel er bedst. Den ligger Et sted mellem 3 og 4 stjerner men jeg giver den 4 på grund af at lytte venligheden

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Sun Sep 26 2021
4

This is clearly a great album… so it’s getting a 4, but something just ain’t clicking with me and Elvs!

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

Solid album with a mellow sound from start to finish.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

i like the album, composed well and decent overall. Its lacking something that stands out however.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

i like elvis i think. 4 stars. easy listening even if he is a tool of the patriarchy.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

Unmistakably Costello, lovely album (I do like his voice though!) - some great tracks on without any massive hits. Surprised that Shabby Doll is the least listened to track on the album (according to Spotify).

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

7.5/10

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

Enjoyed it, no individual track stands out as amazing but the overall whole was great

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

tears before bedtime - i feel you bruurs

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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

ну пропустим пожалуй, хотя вроде и не плохо

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

I liked it. Quirky, but a nice sound.

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Mon Dec 13 2021
4

Quite a good album. Elvis Costello always surprises me with his lyrics. 4

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

first Costello album I've enjoyed

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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

Great album. Great arrangements; instrumentation is varied and brings a lot of different colours to the music. One of a few artists who reinvents himself over time which makes Costello an important figure , arguably the most important, coming out of the eighties. I put a 4 because couldn’t give a 4.5.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

Entertaining album, reminds me a lot of Elton John with an Edge due to the piano focus. Definitely a good album though without any big standouts

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Wed Feb 23 2022
4

For some reason, it feels like I keep getting Elvis Costello albums. And while I'm not a fan and still don't get his legacy in the music world, this is the best one generated for me so far and as a whole is pretty enjoyable. Beyond Belief was probably my favourite on here.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

This was good.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
4

I saw the entry for this on a different list that included it just for Beyond Belief, which is a pretty ridiculous reason to include an album on an essentials list - if you're including an album for a single, song, you're doing it wrong. Now Beyond Belief IS a damn near perfect pop song, and the standout of the album, but there is more here. I'm not a fan of the song Shabby Doll, but this album is a high point in Costello's career, and the Beatlesque pop polish Geoff Emerick brought is on point throughout. This might be Costello's third best after Blood & Chocolate and When I Was Cruel.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
4

I found this to be an altogether charming album experience, with a few boring moments.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

Elvis Costello is one of the best. And this is one of the best of Elvis Costello. This album doesn't have any hits, or numbers that really stick out, but it's quality throughout the album, with superb lyrics and musical arrangements. I personally prefer the more new wavy and straightforward Costello, but this is a class album

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Mon May 23 2022
4

forte

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Thu Jun 09 2022
4

I enjoyed but didn't love anything about it. Just all around a very easy and good listen.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

While it sounded a bit too close to a billy Joel album, I enjoyed listening to this. Nothing ultra standout but just a nice 50 minutes

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

I didn't get the option to input a review for Heaven17, but I really dug that album. Never heard of that group before in my life and I'm so confused by so much of what they do, from the album cover to the idea of a fascist groove thang to taking the M out of M-A-D and on and on. But it all added up to a really wonderfully strange experience. "Geisha Boys" and "Let's Make a Bomb" are a great one-two punch on the back half of the album. I do wonder though... if these guys thought Reagan was a fascist, did they even survive the last six years on this planet or did their heads explode? Hope they're okay. Four stars. If nothing else, this list has turned me into an Elvis Costello fan. I wouldn't complain if they press the chill button on having every single one of his records on this list, but I've enjoyed them all. I'd argue this one is maybe five songs too long, but there's some great stuff here. Lots of range, variety and his voice/lyrics are stellar. Loved "Almost Blue."

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

Never heard this one before and ended up liking every song on it. I can't really put my finger on exactly why, so I'll chalk it up to 'good songwriting' and leave it at that. It's possible that I'm an Elvis Costello fan.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Great sound!

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

"He`s got a mind like a sewer and a heart like a fridge"

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

He's got some pretty out their ideas

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

very well-crafted album. lots going on here sonically, musically, lyrically...

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Sun Oct 09 2022
4

Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Shabby doll, And in every home

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Sun Oct 30 2022
4

Elvis in fine form

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Mon Oct 31 2022
4

Not the best Costello but pretty dece. 7/10

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Mon Oct 31 2022
4

7/10. I listened to this one a bit early, because after getting 6 Elvis Costello albums in the first hundred or so albums, I got really annoyed when there was a crossword hint for an Elvis Costello album, and none of the names I knew fit. On a relisten, I think much the same as I did the first time: good album, but not his best work and the only real standouts are Beyond Belief and You Little Fool, and the former is starting to be ruined by Spotify playing it for me every time a playlist/album ends.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
4

8/10 not the strongest Elvis Costello album, but it’s pretty good and for some reason I really like the way his voice sounds on this one.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
4

There were a couple of times while listening to this album yesterday that I thought : that sounds a lot like The Beatles or like a Beatles song. Now I just read the Elvis got Geoff Emerick, the man who engineered Sgt Pepper, to work on this album. And of course Elvis, like the Fab4, was a Liverpudlian. I’m a huge Costello fan & this album is worth it just to hear him sing Almost Blue ( the Chet Baker cover of that song is also worth a listen). The 3 singles released from the album are also highlights - Man Out Of Time, Town Cryer & You Little Fool. And I always loved Shabby Doll, which he was still playing in concert many years later. He did do some ordinary stuff in the mid-80’s but this isn’t that. Well worth a listen.

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Thu Oct 29 2020
3

Another good costello album

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

I went back and forth between thinking of this as average or average-ish and reasonably essential (2 and 3 in my rating scale, respectively) for basically the whole record; It was the "town cryer" pun that finally did it for me. This isn't a standout pop album for me. For what it's worth, I think bringing out the instrumental variety more would do a lot for it: My ear is drawn first to Costello's voice, my least favorite piece of the texture. However, there's quite a bit to be mined here, and no songs are throwaways, never mind skips.

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Wed Dec 16 2020
3

80’er rock, god sangskrivning, god produktion

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Thu Sep 24 2020
3

Quite nice, great vocal melodies

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Sun Mar 14 2021
3

It’s ok. Not exciting

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Fri Mar 19 2021
3

3.3

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Wed May 26 2021
3

This was fine but thats about it. I've never been a big fan of Mr Costello except for the hits.

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Wed May 19 2021
3

I’m having trouble seeing the gushing love for everything Elvis Costello. Good, yes. Mind blowing? Eh?

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

eh

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Mon Mar 29 2021
3

It started kind of slow for me, but it proved to be a grower of sorts. Guess it was because I was waiting for some sort of 80's new wave banger, but turns out it's more of a baroque pop thing. Enjoyable.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

It was fine good keys but generally nothing offended or cought my ear

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Wed Jul 21 2021
3

Still not a fan of Elvis Costello

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Sat Apr 17 2021
3

Elvis Costello is some of the most inoffensive rock ever written. Your grandma won’t hate it!

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Sun Mar 21 2021
3

Decent

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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

solid album. Not my favorite by Elvis, but worth a relisten.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

Niet heel veel van kunnen draaien, klinkt wel interessant.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

It worries me he keeps specify 'human' hands. Something you want to tell us Mr. Costello? I wasn't blown away by this album, but while listening to it I caught myself bobbing my head several times, so clearly I enjoyed it. Because there were no songs that stood out exceptionally to me, I'll give this a 3, but I'd rather give it a 3.5.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

Not bad not my favorite

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

Pleasantly surprised. Like Pulp but with some actual depth. Would listen again.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

Great to see some Wirral representation. Costello is a legend and a fantastic songwriter. I don’t think this album is anything groundbreaking or crazy but it’s very well crafted and excellently recorded with every song seamlessly blending into the nex. Thoroughly enjoyed it but it needs more bangers.

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Sun May 09 2021
3

Some of the same issues with the last Costello album. He doesn’t vary his voice a lot. I did like the timechange in Man About Time. Can’t go wrong with the horns in ...And In Every Home either

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Fri Jul 09 2021
3

8th July 2021 Listened on the living room speaker while working on the day after the Wembley sesh. I liked it but I have to admit that it passed me by a bit.

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Sun Apr 25 2021
3

Jonathan Coulton vibes

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Sun May 09 2021
3

A new album for me. Classic Elvis Costello. Its ok but no songs that really stick out for me.

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Sat May 15 2021
3

meh first song was gas tho

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Wed May 19 2021
3

Was not a fan of the overall sound.

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Mon May 31 2021
3

Probably wouldn't listen to again.

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Tue Jun 01 2021
3

Dug it. Don't know Elvis Costello too well.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

I’m familiar with Elvis Costello, only recognized one song on the track. I appreciated the variety of instruments and genres throughout the album, but his voice is not my favorite.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
3

was ok

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Fri Aug 06 2021
3

While I am not the biggest fan of Elvis Costello, he does have a certain charm.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
3

Not his best, had a overly produced 80's quality to a lot of it. Still enjoyable though.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
3

Pretty cool... but I can't imagine going back too often.

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Mon Aug 30 2021
3

I am digging the sonic landscape of Elvis Costello. Really dig The Long Honeymoon. Lots of the album just feels like it lacks punch.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
3

3/5

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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

I have a fading but still distinct memory of being a little kid and for some reason up LATE on a Saturday night in the 70s - the tv was on in the living room (shag carpet + fireplace - obviously) and the much-whispered-about in 1st grade [but only ever actually seen by "Dennis" who was clearly at that time the class rebel (i.e. degenerate-in-training)] Saturday Night Live was on. I recall a very aggressive and odd looking guy singing emphatically and getting RIGHTUPTHISCLOSE to the camera. Of course this was Elvis Costello and his (in)famous appearance before being banned from SNL for years. This was not the Elton John or Queen I was used to listening to. And certainly not the Muppet Show. Fast forward a few decades when I re-arrived very very late to the Costello game - only within the last 15 or so years? And this was one I'd never heard before; I don't even know if I'd heard any of these in passing back in the early 80s - if any were in the MTV mix between Def Leppard and Rainbow I clearly don't remember. I wouldn't have been ripe for it. Right off the bat "Beyond Belief" brings a great haunting melody and I love the bass riffs into and through the fade out. Another quick standout is "Shabby Doll" which combines EC's crooner feel over a funky beat. My two personal faves. There's a fullness to the sound on this entire album - much bigger than his earlier raw material but defining it on its own merit it does sound fantastic. It's funny though, after liking it a lot over the first few songs I'm not sure my interest stayed at the same level. Historically I love big sounding huge mixes on albums. But I don't know if I love it for Elvis Costello? "...And In Every Home" is unquestionably well-crafted - with horns and strings, it sounds like something 3 levels above something off of Sgt. Pepper - but do I actually like it? It's ... fine. This song could have been better served by another band (early Kinks?) perhaps. I will say that the album closes really well - "Pidgin English" and "You Little Fool" especially really brought it back for me - some "familiar unexpected" EC musical choices within each of these songs. I feel like my rating is possibly premature - even though it didn't hit me overall, this is an ambitious album and absolutely showcases what a talent Costello is. I feel like this is one that might grow on a listener over time. Overall the album sounds really great, but I initially find that I really prefer the early rawness of EC's first few albums. For now it's in the "intriguing enough to give a few more spins" bin with other 3 star ratings... 7/10 3 stars.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
3

OK

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Thu Oct 14 2021
3

Elvis, te tengo por vío. Brutal Youth es del corte. Es cierto como más de alguno dijo, tu voz puede molestar, y aquí molesta por momentos.

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Sun Oct 17 2021
3

ok

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Mon Oct 18 2021
3

Much more mature than the first Costello album I listened to, to the point of being borderline overproduced (did we need strings there?). Great ballads.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
3

6/10

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Tue Nov 09 2021
3

shabby doo human hands

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Fri Nov 26 2021
3

Average voice, bits of interesting music, in all not annoying but not exciting either. One star off for the font used on the album cover -- How AWFUL! Absolutely a stain to the Piccaso work. Then another star off for the scream at the end of Man out of Time.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
3

Elvis C is Elvis C but does not need a million albums on this list. True Elvis C is a 3* fine album, but tempted to dock just for how many albums are on the list

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

Not my favorite Elvis Costello album, but still enjoyable. His guitar tuning and playing remains unmistakable to me.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

I find Elvis Costello a little annoying. This was ok.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

Good end-to-end listen

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Mon Dec 20 2021
3

Rock suave

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Wed Dec 22 2021
3

6/10

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Wed Dec 22 2021
3

2nd Elvis album on the list. Different vibe this time, lost the upbeat indie pop vibe for something more like crooning. Nothing terrible here, but not a repeater

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Thu Dec 23 2021
3

I find his voice quite difficult but I did like a couple of the tracks

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Wed Jan 05 2022
3

Interesting elements, especially the instrumentation. I could take or leave the lyrics and vocals.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
3

Creative rocking. Often wish it was a different singer. I'll stick with the radio plays

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

Ooooooooooooo

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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

Enjoyed it. Probably didn't get it the attention it deserved. Solid.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

Distinctly Elvis Costello. Some tracks particularly enjoyable.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
3

Not a bad album, it is well produced and his vocals are flawless in their use, but he lost some of the edge of his earlier albums.

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Mon Feb 28 2022
3

Genre: Pop Rock 3/5 I have to admit: this is my first LP-length sitdown with Elvis Costello. His work with Paul McCartney in the late 80s did not go unnoticed from me, as I'm a huge Macca-head, but even then I wasn't particular to the cards he was bringing to the table. It seems the man has a great sense of melody, and knows how to arrange his ideas into full-fledged songs, but his voice... I've never been a fan of it. It's nasal, it's piercing (WITHOUT being high-pitched), and it's always so loud in the mix. The gentlemen behind the boards do nothing to hide it. It makes songs like Man Out of Time, a really nice and interesting pop song overall, sound like a parody of what they're trying to be. I've never understood why nobody told him to sing differently. It reminds me of somebody pretending to sound like a bad 80s singer. This man certainly has his fans, and while this album was more enjoyable than I expected, with some decent 80s pop arrangements, but it was impossible to get passed his voice for me.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
3

Beyond belief is my all time favorite Elvis Costello song, closely followed or maybe a co-first with Lipstick Vogue... listening to a couple albums coincidentally in close succession is making me realize though that I’m maybe really more of a “Greatest Hits” variety of fan. I don’t dislike any of it but a lot of it sort of blends together for me.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

L'écoute de cet album a été gâchée par une réflexion m'ayant accompagnée tout au long des 50 minuts proposées par Elvis Costello & The Attractions: mais pourquoi diable les Attractions n'ont-ils pas sorti un album solo.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

Je crois que tout a déjà été dit à propos de ce que l'on appelle communément « L'imposture Costello ». L'argument le plus marquant de cette théorie est sans nul doute la voix dégueulasse de l'artiste à classer parmi les pires de l'industrie. À l'extrême opposée de cet organe défectueux, je dispose moi-même d'une voix chantée absolument sublime, encore saluée hier soir lors d'une soirée karaoké (que j'ai une nouvelle fois remportée haut la main). C'est bien simple, je ne pus pas terminer la moindre chanson sans entendre des « Was für eine geile Stimme... » prononcés dans un allemand parfait à mon endroit. Pour vous donner une idée, la seule personne que je connaisse ayant tenté de relativiser ce fait pourtant établi n'est autre que mon ennemi juré eltrapeze. Celui-ci a en effet un jour affirmé que ma voix était « belle mais pas non plus exceptionnelle ». Ces propos sont aberrants et ont naturellement contribué à nourrir la haine qui nous unit aujourd'hui. Pour en revenir aux soirées karaoké, vous savez que la situation est toujours extrêmement tendue entre Robert et moi, robrebellière. La raison, et vous la connaissez, est que je viole depuis plusieurs semaines le septième commandement de son décalogue en chantant à tue-tête des chansons encore non-générées. C'est la raison pour laquelle, hier, en tentant de sortir du bar organisant l'évènement en question, je fus pris d'effroi lorsque je vis la rue occupée sur toute sa longueur par des véhicules d'intervention appartenant à la milice de Robert. Fort heureusement, le patron du bar me fit évacuer par le fleuve qui longue la terrasse en me prêtant l'une de ses gondoles et je m'échappai ni vu ni connu jusqu'à mon domicile.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
3

This was odd. As the tracks were playing through more and more sounded familiar so maybe the album is in the collection. Definitely possible as a lot of early Elvis was bought. A quick check and it cannot be found - seemingly has been removed from the building. There are plenty of his trademarks, the barbed lyrics, the sometimes snarly vocals. There does appear to be a shift away from the more poppy stuff. The quality is there but maybe not as accessible as earlier work.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
3

Another good Elvis Costello album. No big stand out hits but it's pretty consistently good

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Fri Apr 08 2022
3

I like Elvis Costello, though I tire easily of him... yet I found this album to be an easy listen.

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Mon May 09 2022
3

Haven't heard this album before. There were no songs on it that I knew either. Elvis Costello just isn't as popular in the USA as he is in the UK. Given that. I really loved this album. I need to hear more of it to justifyr a better rating. For now, I'll give it a solid 3/5. I am sure this will go higher in future listens.

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Thu May 12 2022
3

Not my favorite Elvis Costello

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Fri May 20 2022
3

vocals remind me of bowie. funky production, great bass. quite moody, noir music. "man out of time" is fantastic. "...and in every home" has some wonderful orchestral arrangement - smooth strings and powerful brass.

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Wed May 25 2022
3

I like Elvis Costello and I don't know a single one of these songs.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

Pop elegante y tranquilo con buena voz

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Wed Jun 29 2022
3

ok but not my fave EC

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Fri Jul 01 2022
3

It's Elvis Costello, so generally OK for me. But not an album that I had listened to before and I didn't hear any hits

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Fri Jul 01 2022
3

I love Elvis Costello but at worst this just feels by the numbers and at best it is a bunch of unfinished ideas for later works. Not that bad, just not that memorable

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Sun Jul 10 2022
3

Ahggh. I know there is quite a few EC albums on here. Like the guy, lyrically good. Don't love the voice, I find it a bit annoying. Good set of songs that are diverse is style. Its a tad bland but it is solid. Difficult. Gonna be a 3.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
3

A 3, and only just.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
3

YO! I've never heard a whole album by Elvis, I've enjoyed his music forever and have many songs in multiple playlists. I added a couple songs to my liked songs playlist. A little Elvis goes a long way.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
3

Not as good as people say. Influenced by the Beatles

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Wed Aug 03 2022
3

This was almost very good. enjoyed a lot of it, but can't put my finger on what wasn't quite there for it. Maybe it was the singing? Somehow got a lot of Hamilton vibes from this.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
3

I can say with 100% certainty I had no idea what Elvis Costello sounded like or what his general vibe was. He reminded me of more 90s music, like Barenaked Ladies, rather than an early 80s group. This isn’t a bad thing.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
3

A good listen but so similar from song to song that it just coalesced into pleasant background music without anything particularly standing out

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

Yeah

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Mon Aug 15 2022
3

I'd take THIS Elvis over that other one any day! Solid album. 3/5

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Thu Aug 18 2022
3

I've always struggled with Elvis Costello. I think it's just that I don't like his voice. Makes me think there might be some truth in music critics liking Elvis Costello because music critics look like Elvis Costello. So when the first song sounded like Pulp, I though this was going to be the moment it all clicks. But then it wasn't. Some it does though, enough to have it on for a fair few listens though. Strangely it doesn't feel like a 51 minute album, which is normally a good sign.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
3

Elvis Costello is fine. It does mostly sound like the same song on repeat, but I wojuldn't call it bad music.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

This album was good, but it loses points because Elvis does not have an enjoyable singing voice. It is very grating at times. 3/5

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Mon Sep 05 2022
3

A few high notes but quite a bit of beige padding it out.

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Tue Sep 06 2022
3

I enjoyed "almost blue" - his voice is a bit less affected here and has room to breathe. It's almost the oppposite of something like "the loved ones" with the crazy sampled orchestration. The album overall has pretty drastic shifts in tone but flows well overall.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

My mom is a big Elvis Costello fan and she was excited when I got this album today. Unfortunately I will have to be disappointing her, while I do think this is a good album it is really just not my thing. Costello is a wonderfully talented musician and I respect his impact on music and I know he is a particularly creative lyricist. It just doesn't really hit the spot for me.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

L’album commence très bien, mais plus on avance, moins c’est intéressant et plus c’est quétaine. J’ai l’impression d’écouter la voix française de Rick Moranis chanter.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

Not a Costello fan at all, but this album isn’t half bad.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

The first couple of songs were really interesting and there was some other good stuff mixed in, but there were also some really tedious piano ballads that I could have really done without

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

Pas vraiment de chansons marquantes, mais c'est toujours sympathique du Elvis Costello.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

Imperial Bedroom is the 7th album by English singer-songwriter Elvis Costello. There was a variety of instrument experimentation on this album that employed a variety of genres like new wave pop, baroque pop, and art rock. This album was critically acclaimed for its songwriting, production, & lyrics, and has been considered a masterpiece and one of Costello's best works. Costello may have hit his peak with this album. This was a fun and interesting album to listen to. I don't think I've heard pop like this before, and I enjoyed it. Every song stands on its own as something fresh and unique, but all together they make quite the collection of eclectic tracks. This album may not be for everyone, but everyone should still give it a shot.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

Weirdly can't get on the streaming service. Voted 3 bit still to listen.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

Music - 3 stars Cover art - 4 stars

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

beyond belief actually really hooked me by the end, I started it off thinking it probably wasn't gunna be for me but I ended up actually quite enjoying it though there were some songs that made me just wish they were over like shabby doll overall not a bad listen, probably not something I would come back to though

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Mon Oct 10 2022
3

OK, but well past his best period by this point.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
3

This is the fourth Elvis Costello album I've had to listen to on this list and, as I said in the other 3 reviews, the albums are all the same: 1-2 great songs, 4-5 mediocre songs, and the rest terrible songs. This album is no different. Unfortunately it appears there's at least one more album on the list so I'll have to write this same review one more time.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

Ok

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Thu Nov 17 2022
3

This might provoke some outrage or disbelief from the hard-core EC fans (hi Peter, hi Glenn), but this is not a really standout Elvis album for me. Thinking about it, I tend to prefer his quick-and-dirty albums, a bit more rock and roll, a bit less polished. I can see what he was heading for, but I find that Elvis is less effective when he tries to get fancy. So, some good songs (the singles, plus Shabby Doll and Beyond Belief are stand-outs for me), but not a great Elvis album for me. (Mind you, that's still on the "would listen again" list)

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Thu Nov 17 2022
3

When I was young, I thought Elvis Costello (of this & susbequent albums) was "grown up music". Now I'm grown up, and I agree with my younger self. Lots going on, lots of talent and originality and variety. But still, somehow, lacking the "hook me in" factor. Maybe I need to give it another go around (or maybe then, his sometimes over-wrought singing would start to bug me, like it bugs Natalie).

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Wed Nov 30 2022
3

Hienosti sävellettyä softrockia

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