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Rolling Stone top 100 albums: #98 Elvis Costello – This Year’s Model

Based on the top 100 albums in Rolling Stone magazine’s top 500, I have set myself the challenge of hearing and appraising each album. I hope to be surprised and educated along the way.

Number 98 is by Elvis Costello – This Year’s Model was his second album and was released in 1978. It was produced by Nick Lowe and featured The Attractions for the first time.

The album states it’s intention to hit you with a beat and melody from the opening few seconds of No Action.  The music nips along nicely with concise songs that don’t outstay their welcome and have all of the Costello trademarks that we’ve become used to: witty lyrics and melodic hooks all over the place.  The album featured three hit singles – Pump It Up (a song whose meaning seemed to bypass the BBC censors… think about it), Radio Radio and I Don’t Want To Go To Chelsea – three excellent songs of course.

Of the songs I hadn’t heard before, Hand In Hand and Little Triggers stand out, though I would give Living In Paradise a miss! Overall, this is a fine album, with a driving bass that helps every track along and accomplished musicians, without being overly adventurous.

My rating: 7/10

Listen to the album via Spotify here.

See the Top 100 here.

One comment on “Rolling Stone top 100 albums: #98 Elvis Costello – This Year’s Model

  1. Raybeard
    December 8, 2013

    I’d have been minded to rate this a point higher if it was the first disc alone, but to my senses it was a bit demeaned by the excesses on the second. Overall, a 6.

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