Review of Less Than Zero
Sounds, 1977-03-26
- John Ingham

"Less Than Zero" review
by John Ingham


ELVIS COSTELLO: ‘Less Than Zero’ (Stiff). It’s spot the rip-off time, as a cross between Graham Parker and Brinsley Schwarz (the group), takes a wander through the pop history book in search of suitable riffs. The B-side is a little more palatable, but why bother when there’s still albums that do it far better. With records like this Stiff isn’t reversing into tomorrow so much as going forward into the past.