Saturday, 2 June 2018

Elvis Costello & The Attractions - This Year's Model (1978)


Released March 1978

Recorded at Eden Studios, London


1. No Action
2. This Year's Girl
3. The Beat
4. Pump It Up
5. Little Triggers
6. You Belong To Me
7. Hand In Hand
8. I Don't Want To Go To Chelsea
9. Lip Service
10. Living In Paradise
11. Lipstick Vogue
12. Night Rally

After Elvis Costello burst on the "New Wave" scene as part of the now legendary stiffs tour in 1977, he followed his debut album "My Aim Is True" with this even better offering. Now with his own band in place, The Attractions (the first album was played by session musicians), Costello really developed his and his band's unique sound. Based around keyboardist Steve Nieve's piano and trebly, parping organ, Pete Thomas's pounding drums and Bruce Thomas's bass, Costello's choppy lead guitar and spat-out invective lyrics, they had a unique sound. A great example of this is the hit single "Pump It Up" and the frenetic, just over a minute long opener "No Action"

Also great songs are the mysterious "Hand In Hand", the staccato "I Don't Wanna Go To Chelsea", the ballad "Little Triggers", the reggae-ish "The Beat", the typically new-wave-ish "Lip Service" and the breakneck drum-dominated "Lipstick Vogue". The anti-fascist "Night Rally" ends what is a short-ish but highly enjoyable album. Actually, there's not a duff track on it.

It still sounds good today. An excellent example of what was breaking new ground in 1978-79.


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