Elvis Costello & The Attractions - This Year's Model (1978/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Artist: Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Title: This Year's Model
Genre: Rock, New Wave, Rock & Roll, British Punk
Label: © Elvis Costello/Universal Music Group
Release Date: 1978/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Recorded: 1977–1978 at Eden Studios, London, England
#98 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of 'The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time'
For his second album, Elvis Costello fine-tuned his aesthetic by abandoning the California studio cat accompanists of his debut for the more aggressive, quirky and very British Attractions, who would define EC's sound over the next several years. Where „My Aim IS True“ highlighted Costello's rootsy influences (the Band, etc.), „This Year's Model“ wholeheartedly embraces the 'new wave' out-with-the-old mindset, favoring tightly wound ferocity over back-porch-isms.
Irresistibly catchy, in a twitchy, neurotic, white-knuckled way, „This Year's Model“ is Costello at his edgiest. The classic 'Pump It Up' pummels the listener with garage-band organ, pounding drums, and Highway 61 Revisited-style ranting. 'Radio, Radio' turned into something of an anti-authoritarian anthem for Costello. The snaky guitar and reggae-tinged drums of 'I Don't Want to Go to Chelsea' complement his verge-of-a-nervous-breakdown vocal performance nicely. Come to think of it, so does nearly everything else here.
Where My Aim Is True implied punk rock with its lyrics and stripped-down production, This Year's Model sounds like punk. Not that Elvis Costello's songwriting has changed -- This Year's Model is comprised largely of leftovers from My Aim Is True and songs written on the road. It's the music that changed. After releasing My Aim Is True, Costello assembled a backing band called the Attractions, which were considerably tougher and wilder than Clover, who played on his debut. the Attractions were a rock & roll band, which gives This Year's Model a reckless, careening feel. It's nervous, amphetamine-fueled, nearly paranoid music -- the group sounds like they're spinning out of control as soon as they crash in on the brief opener, "No Action," and they never get completely back on track, even on the slower numbers. Costello and the Attractions speed through This Year's Model at a blinding pace, which gives his songs -- which were already meaner than the set on My Aim Is True -- a nastier edge. "Lipstick Vogue," "Pump It Up," and "(I Don't Want to Go To) Chelsea" are all underscored with sexual menace, while "Night Rally" touches on a bizarre fascination with fascism that would blossom on his next album, Armed Forces. Even the songs that sound relatively lighthearted -- "Hand in Hand," "Little Triggers," "Lip Service," "Living in Paradise" -- are all edgy, thanks to Costello's breathless vocals, Steve Nieve's carnival-esque organ riffs, and Nick Lowe's bare-bones production. Of course, the songs on This Year's Model are typically catchy and help the vicious sentiments sink into your skin, but the most remarkable thing about the album is the sound -- Costello and the Attractions never rocked this hard, or this vengefully, ever again. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
1. No Action 02:01
2. This Year's Girl 03:23
3. The Beat 03:49
4. Pump It Up 03:18
5. Little Triggers 02:44
6. You Belong To Me 02:26
7. Hand In Hand 02:38
8. (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea 03:10
9. Lip Service 02:39
10. Living In Paradise 03:47
11. Lipstick Vogue 03:34
12. Night Rally 02:45
13. Radio, Radio 03:06
Elvis Costello – guitar, vocals
Steve Nieve – piano, organ
Bruce Thomas – bass
Pete Thomas – drums
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