In 1977 the "punk-rock" movement was well on its way: flaunting torn jeans, leather jackets, and safety pins in the streets of New York City and London. Many, including myself, saw this new wave as an alternative from the commercialized Top-40 Rock and Roll. However, some artists, sensitive to this movement, used it as a catalyst for the music that generated honest emotion with fresh and vibrant orchestration.
Now in 1981, Elvis Costello has once again picked up on and polished the ideas initiated by the "punks" via "New Wave." Trust, his new release, is honest, open, and shows the continuous improvement of The Attractions.
Costello doesn't "pull any punches" with his new L.P. Trust contains 14 solid E.C. cuts that do not differ from other efforts except in minimal experimentation. One is immediately drawn to "From A Whisper To A Scream" in which Costello demonstrates his willingness to test new ideas, with the assistance of "Squeeze's" Glen Tlllbrook's flashy background vocals. "Different Finger" is also an experimental move for the artist. The country and western piece pinpoints unique instrumentation by The Attractions while Costello wails mocking vocals. "Shot with His Own Gun" is a slow bar-room style ballad which allows Costello to solo over Steve Nieno's subtle new-classical piano.
For more upbeat numbers, fans will not be let down with Trust. "Clubland," "Lover's Walk," and the brilliant "Strick Time" besides being typical of Costello are sensational dance tunes.
Trust is simply a good Costello album. Together, once again, with producer Nick Lowe, Costello has formed one of the most consistent combos since 1977.
For those who respect Costello, his latest effort is an honest one... trust him.