Baruch College Ticker, March 6, 1981

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It's Elvis we trust, not Rush


Jay Schwartz

Elvis Costello is truly a musical phenomenon; he brought the popularity of Britain's "New Wave" music to the U.S., managed to put out three new albums in the course of a year with no less than fifteen tracks on each, and still remains as resourceful and innovative as before. Trust is a strange album to describe. Side one is extremely mediocre. On some tracks on this side, Elvis' singing just slurs and it's impossible to understand a thing the man is singing about.

My negative criticism stops here. Elvis gets out of New Wave and experiments with other types of music. "From a Whisper to a Scream" is pure rock, "Shot With His Own Gun" is done in 1940's cabaret style with only a piano back-up, and the most unusual variation here is "Different Finger" which carries Nashville overtones. The strangest thing is that Elvis handles these different music genres extremely well. It sounds as though Elvis is at home with all of them. Some credit, of course, should go to producer Nick Lowe who does an amiable job.

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The Ticker, March 6, 1981


Jay Schwartz reviews Trust.

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