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Imperial Bedroom

Elvis Costello & The Attractions

1982

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Imperial Bedroom

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3.06

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Beautifully crafted but also smug and soulless. Not much fun

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

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

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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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Fucking Elvis Costello.

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Imperial Boredom

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One of my favorite albums.

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Loved it!

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Good surprise

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

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LOVED!

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Wow

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

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

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Amazingly good, Costello doing what he does best

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Good cooking album!!

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

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I liked this a lot!

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

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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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great album “Shabby Doll” suck, though.

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Like a bit of Declan

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

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Not really my cup of tea, but sounds good!

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Solid, inventive, and timeless

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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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4

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Energiek en tijdloos.

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Onbekend Costello album voor mij, maar erg goed!

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

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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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Mooi, dit album kende ik nog niet!

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Weird good.

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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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Enjoyable

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Meilleure que les autres que j’ai entendue. 4

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Solid album with a mellow sound from start to finish.

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

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

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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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7.5/10

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

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tears before bedtime - i feel you bruurs

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ну пропустим пожалуй, хотя вроде и не плохо

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I liked it. Quirky, but a nice sound.

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

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first Costello album I've enjoyed

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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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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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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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This was good.

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

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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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forte

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Another good costello album

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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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80’er rock, god sangskrivning, god produktion

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Quite nice, great vocal melodies

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It’s ok. Not exciting

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3.3

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

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eh

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

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Still not a fan of Elvis Costello

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

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Decent

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

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Niet heel veel van kunnen draaien, klinkt wel interessant.

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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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Not bad not my favorite

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

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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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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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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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Jonathan Coulton vibes

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

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meh first song was gas tho

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Was not a fan of the overall sound.

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Probably wouldn't listen to again.

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

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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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was ok

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

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

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

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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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3/5

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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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OK

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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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ok

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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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6/10

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shabby doo human hands

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

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

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Good end-to-end listen

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Rock suave

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6/10

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

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

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

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Ooooooooooooo

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

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Distinctly Elvis Costello. Some tracks particularly enjoyable.

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

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

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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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Not my favorite Elvis Costello

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

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Nah

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Elvis tries too hard.

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Shabby Doll caught my attention. The rest of the album was largely meh. Some interesting arrangements here and there but a little too poppy for me

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I'm sure it was fine if I bothered to listen to the lyrics. He seems very artsy.

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again. again. again and again and again

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This is the 4th Elvis Costello album that's come up for me so far in this list... I didn't enjoy the first three, didn't enjoy this one either.

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So annoying. Really could not get on board with this. Was ready for it to be over about a third of the way in. Don't like the nasal singing style. Samey

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Another elvis costello album

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Was pretty bummed that this album was very middle of the road for me. I found myself skipping a few songs and I couldn't tell you any from the album. Pretty bold for this Elvis to follow the last Elvis but I did not like this one as much as I was hoping to.

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It’s alright, nothing too memorable

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Magari ascolatandolo di piu' mi potrebbe piacere.

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A little bit boring.

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Not my thing

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Up there with the coolest album art we've had so far. I struggled to really 'get' this album - it started off good, but then some tracks just felt like they belonged on a completely different album (like '...And In Every Home'). I appreciate not just pumping out 12 variations on the same style, but I found some tracks on this one went too far the other way, and it made for a weird listening experience when you're coming to this album blind. That said, there are some nice little tracks in there - Tears Before Bedtime and Man Out of Time being two highlights for me. Just a bit confused what to think of this one really

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same old, same old

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Shabby Doll is the first high note. Nice & funky. Turns out it's the only high note for me. Not my cup of tea. Cool artwork, though.

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I didn't particularly care for most of the album. It's COOL, like jazz bar hipsters and the like but it's just not my cup of tea

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Didn't do much for me personally and the moments I liked were a bit too far in between.

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God, I am so not sure why this album didn't click with me *at all*. I like the jazzy flourishes, I really like Costello's lyrics, I just didn't really enjoy this album all that well. It was so weirdly flavorless. Feel bad giving it this rating, but there's no song on here I really, thoroughly enjoyed. Favorite Track: "Man Out of Time"

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Meh. This one is a hard meh. Just wasn't into the tunes. Their just ok. Not my style. I don't even know what mood I'd need to be in to hear songs like that. It's like he wanted to be an English Michael McDowell. Not turning my crank.

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Prima album, maar niet helemaal mijn stijl

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felt like it went on forever and that's not a compliment.

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it was boring to be honest and it sounded weird just not my vibe at all and it was just awkward i didn’t absolutely hate it but i did not enjoy

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Again, this is an album I was intrigued to hear but was dissatisfied by the whole thing. There’s just nothing in it for me.

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This is quite frustrating. I've spent my life happily untroubled by the need to justify my dislike for Elvis Costello. And then I get two of his albums in a week. There is an important place for irrational loathing in this world – mainly the fact that one never feels motivated to act on it. Having struggled through this milquetoast offering, I now have the distinct urge to kill an ant or something equally unpleasant. (Note to self.) I generally do not pay attention to lyrics. Too intellectual a response. I need my my music to grab my by the short and curlies, to drag me down to uncharted emotional depths. Searing guitars, plaintive voices (not lyrics, mind: voices), bone-juddering bass lines, ethereal chants: All have done the trick in the past, all will do so in the future. I'm sort of tempted to listen to this again, just to see if there is anything in the word arrangement that justifies the foolishness people express about Mr C. But this may make me even angrier yet. So no.

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I get it, 5 years on Elvis is still King, but the Queen is miserable. Not an Elvis record I would recommend, at all

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oei, nee geen fan van de zang de rest is oke

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No supe por dónde agarrarle la onda

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This album was only okay, didn't have any truly enjoyable songs. Overall, it was pleasant and fine, but it just didn't do it for me.

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The songs are not bad, but they just don’t get to me. It’s an album that I would put on on the background. Maybe with a second try I would change my mind, for now just 2 out of 5.

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On a certain level, Costello's music is likable enough. He's melding various styles and doing his own thing, which is good. The thing is, he's so smarmy and artificial that I can't help but think of him as the musical equivalent of a grifter. Best track: The Loved Ones

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The very definition of "meh."

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It's Elvis Costello and thus meh.

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Honnêtement de la misère à comprendre l'attrait. Musique ordinaire, voix fatigante à la longue.

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boring

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I found this to be extremely boring.

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Not for me

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one nice song, but couldn't really finish any of the other ones, definitely not my thing

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Not my jam

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Not my cup of tea

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3/29/2022 Today's Album: "Imperial Bedroom" by Elvis Costello & The Attractions - This album is pretty frustrating. The first 9 or so tracks show off the general theme of this track list, which is that some songs have a really fun energy that matches Elvis's blatantly horrible vocals. Whenever this guy has enough energy to sing a tight verse and chorus, it feels really fun and the 70s rock inspired instrumentals do numbers to lift up the lyrics in the songs mentioned in "Highlights", the other songs have just this unlistenable cheep feel to them, with each line feeling a little to long and all of the lyrics really bogging down what are admittingly decent instrumental performances. After these first 9 tracks, the view count on spotify really tanks and I can see why. It's pretty much more of the unlistenable stuff from the first half. Overall, I really wanted to like this project given some of the more promising tracks, but it just honestly should not be Elvis Costello leading this band. He is not a talented enough vocal performer to pull these ideas off in a listenable way. Score: 3/10 Just not very good Highlights: Tears Before Bedtime, Almost Blue, Human Hands,

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