No 1, July 2, 1983

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Everyday I Write The Book

Elvis Costello And The Attractions

Phil McNeill

How does an Angry Young Man grow up?

Obviously Elvis Costello can't keep spitting vitriol like "I Don't Want To Go To Chelsea" when in rock terms he's nearly a pensioner, but his low-key '80s image just doesn't excite us record-buyers.

It's taken the radical politics and radical musical departures of Robert Wyatt's "Shipbuilding" and The Imposter's "Pills And Soap" to drag him back into fashion.

So now Elvis tries again with a more familiar sound. "Everyday I Write The Book" is a clever, wordy song set to a stiflingly tight soul rhythm. Like much of Elvis' recent material. it's very good but very boring.

Six months ago it wouldn't have got a sniff at the charts. Now it should get to number eight.


No 1, July 2, 1983

Phil McNeill reviews the single for "Everyday I Write The Book."


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