Elvis Costello - His first ten years ranked

by Mark Moody
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During my "musically formative" years and once I got my bearings, there were several artists whose every word and move I hung on. And fortunately, Elvis Costello was one who also put out a lot of great music over a relatively short period of time. Ask any fan of EC and you will undoubtedly get a wide variety of favorite albums. Given the songwriting, playing, and my fondness of folk/country/Americana 'King of America' is tops for me. While 'Trust' is the one I most enjoy cranking up and hearing The Attractions at their wobbliest peak. I was tempted to put 'Get Happy!' next, but hard not to give the earliest work its due too far along. There have been some solid albums after this period too, but I certainly can't claim the familiarity I had with this era. What are your faves? Click an album below to read a review

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Always interested to see a fellow Costello fan's ranking. I love King of America. Also adore Trust, which I think tends to be underrated by critics and the public at large. Imperial Bedroom tops my list simply because it was my introduction. Get...

Always interested to see a fellow Costello fan's ranking. I love King of America. Also adore Trust, which I think tends to be underrated by critics and the public at large. Imperial Bedroom tops my list simply because it was my introduction. Get Happy and Model I tend to crank the most. Blood & Chocolate is his darkest and edgiest best. That said, while overproduced and slight in places, I still find Punch The Clock irresistible. Same goes for Armed Forces.

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