Elvis Costello – This Year’s Model (Album Review)


Here’s an album that I’ve known for a long time, but only just recently “understood”. I’ve always liked it, but revisiting it now exposed a certain anger and lyrical cleverness that resonated with me big time. I hope you like what I have to say about it:

A “Model” Album from Elvis Costello


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  1. Great writeup…I plan to give it another listen today…

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  2. Excellent review! I bought this album when it first came out and played it almost non-stop for days!

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  3. I “discovered” this CD in my car a while back. (Re-issued version with a few extra goodies.) It stands up to, if not exceeds, “My Aim Is True.” Agreed about “Lipstick Vogue.” Insane drumming by the great Pete Thomas. So good I featured it in my “Songs I Love” post. It never got the airplay that, say, “Pump it Up” did but it should have.

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  4. Thanks for this review! “TYM” is one of those Costello records I don’t listen to often enough but should. Between the band’s barely contained energy and the great lyrics, it never disappoints. Somehow EC’s anger was a good way to let off a little steam for the listener too. You want to sing along, and loudly!

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  5. Based on your review, I’ll have to revisit this one Ovidiu!

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  6. I still have to rate this as his best, although I have to admit I haven’t really been a faithful listener after the first three and “Imperial Bedroom.” Best start to finish, like his first, but as noted this is his first with a unique sound. And what a unique sound. So strong with the bass, keyboards and drums that absence of guitar isn’t really felt. And the pacing and variety, both from song to song, and within the songs, brings to mind one of Costello’s inspirations, The Band.


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