Thursday, December 18, 2008

765. Elvis Costello - Brutal Youth (1994)


















Track Listing

1. Pony Street
2. Kinder Murder
3. 13 Steps Lead Down
4. This Is Hell
5. Clown Strike
6. You Tripped At Every Step
7. Still Too Soon To Know
8. 20%
9. Amnesia
10. Sulky Girl
11. London's Brilliant Parade
12. My Science Fiction Twin
13. Rocking Horse Road
14. Just About Glad
15. All The Rage
16. Favourite Hour

Review

You all know by now I really like Elvis Costello, still this album is a bit of a disappointment, not because it is bad, it isn't, but because there is not much new here. A bit repetitive of his previous career.

The list chooses not to have any of his more challenging albums that he recorded just before this one, ok, but this was a bit unnecessary. Of course the writing is still great, Costello being one of the best lyricists alive, the music is perfectly attractive as well.

So it is a perfectly good album, but if you've been following Elvis Costello you would expect a move forward. This seems like an album that is stalling, again I really like it, but it doesn't sound new, and it doesn't sound like Elvis moved since Blood and Chocolate.

Track Highlights

1. This is Hell
2. Sulky Girl
3. Pony St.
4. Favourite Hour

Final Grade

8/10

Trivia

From Wikipedia:

This is the first album Costello recorded with his band the Attractions after Blood and Chocolate (1986). The several albums in between were recorded with session musicians.

Kinder Murder:


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Matthew said...

Did you hear his new album, Momofuku? I'd be curious as to what you thought of it. It's similar to the way you describe this album, but at the same time there's something else about it that I can't quite put my finger on.