Detroit Free Press, August 21, 1983

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Upbeat songs for the clock-punchers

Elvis Costello / Punch the Clock

Gary Graff

This is the kind of music needed when the whistle sounds at the end of the working day. It's Costello's most accessible and most upbeat record so far, loaded with his own brands of soul ("Let Them All Talk," "Everyday I Write the Book," "The Greatest Thing") and pop ("Love Went Mad," "The Element Within Her").

His songwriting is still superior, and he adds the four-piece TKO Horns and Afrodiziak backup singers without overloading the arrangements.

It's not all party time, though; Costello wouldn't let it be that easy. The love songs are disarming, while the more worldly messages of "Shipbuilding," "T.K.O." and "Pills and Soap" are about the clearest sentiments he's ever written.

He performs at Pine Knob Tuesday at 8 p.m.

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Detroit Free Press, August 24, 1983


Gary Graff reviews Punch The Clock.



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