Elvis Costello has talent ... make no mistake about that. And if you want to find out for yourself then just listen to his brand new release, This Year's Model, on the Radar label. Mind you, Elvis is not too unlike Nick Lowe, and it is interesting to note that the latter produced this album.
There is plenty of technique and style here. Elvis' voice is the magic wand that transforms this LP into something unusual. Basically, he is a very simple artiste but yet he has the formula to produce remarkable music. The sound is very dominant/keyboard and upfront bass/drum sound, and not too unlike the noise that American variant Blondie makes.
This is undoubtedly the best album he has made. Costello's lyrics might not be everybody's cup of tea but yet they make for compulsive listening. There is a lot to admire in this man's music. Just tune in to such tracks as "I Don't Want To Go To Chelsea," "Living In Paradise," "Lipstick Vogue," "The Beat," "This Year's Girl" and "Little Triggers," and you will see what we mean. Costello is on the verge of making the big breakthrough into the American market and This Year's Model will do an amount to boost his image.
Contemporary in intensity, pace and feel, This Year's Model is sure to prove popular with record buyers. Elvis commands respect and it must be said there is a vast market for this kind of record.