Bradenton Herald, September 26, 1982

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  • 1982 September 26

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Costello comes to terms with technology


Dave Marsh / Rolling Stone

Elvis Costello and the Attractions
Imperial Bedroom
4-stars (out of 5) reviews4-stars (out of 5) reviews4-stars (out of 5) reviews4-stars (out of 5) reviews4-stars (out of 5) reviews

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 Top 40 song form. Costello's 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 product 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. The difference is between the timeless but trivial and a genuine masterpiece, but that doesn't mean that you don't want to spend some time with this music, anyhow.


Tags: Imperial BedroomThe AttractionsShabby DollAnd In Every HomePidgin EnglishYou Little FoolGeoff EmerickSteve NieveArmed ForcesThe Beatles

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Bradenton Herald, September 26, 1982


Dave Marsh reviews Imperial Bedroom.

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