Providence College Cowl, October 6, 1983

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Punch The Clock

Elvis Costello and the Attractions

Adam Robitaille

Elvis Costello is always changing. Sometimes not for the better, but never the less changing. Punch the Clock, which is generally pop sounding in nature, is a rapid departure from last year's Imperial Bedroom, which featured lush keyboards from the Attractions' Steve Nieve, and extravagant orchestral arrangements. Punch the Clock features the TKO horns, a brass section that alternately adds and detracts to Costello's sound. "Let Them All Talk" and "The Greatest Thing" evidence the sympathetic use of horns by Costello. "Everyday I Write the Book," a great pop song, and "Shipbuilding," an excellent anti-war song, also stand out. However, as in "Pill and Soap," the horns can detract from Costello's voice and Nieve's keyboards. All in all, though, Elvis is too good of a writer and arranger to compose terribly bad music and this basically holds true on this record.

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The Cowl, October 6, 1983


Adam Robitaille reviews Punch The Clock.

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