Q, December 1995

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Blood & Chocolate

Elvis Costello & the Attractions

Tom Doyle

Occasionally overlooked in the list of great Costello albums, his second album of 1986, Blood & Chocolate, marked both a reunion with Nick Lowe at the production helm and the singer's last collaboration with The Attractions for eight years. Recorded virtually live, in often the first take, the record has a weight and energy that was sorely lacking from much of the post-Attractions work that followed and is testament to the controlled power of their garage band sound. Highlights are abundant: uppermost the intense rush of the opener "Uncomplicated," the low burning intensity of both "I Want You" and "Home Is Anywhere You Hang Your Head" and the commercially neglected pop of "Blue Chair" (the actual single version of which is included here among the six extended play tracks along with "Seven Day Weekend," his duet with Jimmy Cliff and an extra, lengthy interview disc).

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Q, No. 111, December 1995

Tom Doyle reviews the Rykodisc/Demon reissue of Blood & Chocolate.


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Photo by Keith Morris.

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