Blood And ChocolateElvis Costello & The Attractions
I had never listened to any Elvis Costello (google says his name is Declan Patrick McManus lol) before today and find myself struggling to think of something about this style that really stands out as his own. It’s fine music, sounds like classic rock and roll (a lot like if Tom Petty were British really) but nothing is particularly unique or profound about it in my opinion. That said, I liked “I Hope You’re Happy Now” and “Home is Anywhere You Hang Your Head,” and “Poor Napoleon” sounds SO close to something I would love, like if the Strokes had done not quite enough heroin to make good music. I can also tell and appreciate that the songs were recorded at concert volume as the energy is definitely there, even if it’s not my cuppa tea. Solid 3/5. Nothing to strongly dislike but nothing really to love. Unfortunately for Elvis Costello, this nonoffensiveness is one of the worst things somebody can say about your art. The only way to create something that nobody hates is to ensure that it can't be loved either. Remove enough spice from a soup, and you'll just end up with water.