Billboard, February 7, 1981

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With only 14 cuts on this release (compared to 20 on his last two albums) Trust may seem stingy but it more than makes up for it in quality. Arguably, this is by far Costello's best album yet. His lyrics show the maturity and power of an artist who is really in control. Gone is the anger for anger's sake mentality which permeated his other releases. The music is much more melodic with the outstanding ballad "Shot With His Own Gun" being a tour de force. "Different Finger" has a slight country feel. Even the uptempo songs are less frenetic than in the past. "Clubland" stands out among these. Glenn Tilbrook from Squeeze guests on vocals. This album is truly a work of a growing, major artist.

Best cuts: "Clubland," "Shot With His Own Gun," "From A Whisper To A Scream," "You'll Never Be A Man," "Different Finger."

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Billboard, February 7, 1981

Billboard reviews Trust.

Kip Kirby reports on EC's recent stop in Nashville.


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Nashville Scene

Kip Kirby


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Tammy Wynette has left longtime producer, Billy Sherrill, and has begun recording with Chips Moman for a change of direction. ... Speaking of Sherrill, his "Too Far Gone" was one of the songs British new waver Elvis Costello reportedly put in the can during his brief recording stint in Nashville.

Costello was here for a Vanderbilt Univ. concert with his band, the Attractions, but managed to squeeze in some recording, as well as a trip by Cantrell's to take a gander at local headliners, the Piggys.

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