Berkeley Barb, March 20, 1980

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Get Happy!!

Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Michal Snyder

For Elvis fans only, especially those with a love of Stax-Volt R & B and Motown. The effect of cramming twenty — count 'em, twenty — short tracks together on one record amounts to near-overload or a diffusion of focus. Nonetheless, quality and quantity are high. In general, the Attractions play Booker T. and the M.G.'s, while Elvis portrays a latter-day Soloman Burke. One cut actually lifts melody and arrangement from Booker T.'s "Time Is Tight." Titles like "Beaten To The Punch," "I Stand Accused" and "Temptation" are not-so-oblique references to Elvis' current influences. Not the acerbic, flamboyant work of his first three LP's. Warm, spare and wry.

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Berkeley Barb, March 20-26, 1980


Michal Snyder reviews Get Happy!!.

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1980-03-20 Berkeley Barb page 11 clipping 01.jpg
Clipping.

Photo by Dave Patrick.
1980-03-20 Berkeley Barb photo 01 ds.jpg


1980-03-20 Berkeley Barb page 11.jpg
Page scan.

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