Bloomington Pantagraph, November 6, 1982

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Imperial Bedroom

Elvis Costello

Dave Marsh / Rolling Stone

Costello's most pop-oriented album since Armed Forces is also the first album by any new-wave heavyweight to come to terms with modern recording technology without abandoning the Top 40 song form.

Costello has made an '80s attempt at a Beatles album — ambitiously conceived and constructed, with forays into aural montage and orchestral effects which sometimes works ("Shabby Doll," "...and In Every Home," "Pidgin English," "You Little Fool.") and sometimes flops.

In the end, the successes are the result of Costello's flair for pop composition meeting with a competent producer in Geoff Emerick, and the beautiful keyboard work of Steve Nieve. The failures are the result of Costello's limited vocal ability and the narrowness of his vision, which tends to make the universal insular, rather than expanding upon the personal.

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Bloomington Pantagraph, Preview, November 6, 1982


Dave Marsh reviews Imperial Bedroom.

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1982-11-06 Bloomington Pantagraph Preview page 22.jpg
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