Costello, one of the founding fathers of the new, spare rock sound, hasn't lost any of his spunk or verve on this snappy LP which contains 20 cuts. Though his lyrics are often obscured by his accent and the frantic tempo, what can be heard bears much of the anger that was a stamp of his previous albums. However, the sound of the music itself is not all upbeat and terse, as "Possession," "Opportunity," "Secondary Modern," "New Amsterdam" and "Riot Act" show. Because so many songs are packed onto this LP, they are short bursts of staccato energy and Costello doesn't leave himself any room for fooling around — either musically or lyrically. This is a sure bet for AOR radio.
Best cuts: "Love For Tender," "Opportunity," "Riot Act," "I Stand Accused," "Secondary Modern."