Santa Fe New Mexican, April 28, 1978

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The spiteful lyricist

Elvis Costello / This Year's Model

Dave Marsh / Roiling Stone

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Costello’s second LP doesn’t sport as fine a collection of songs as his first, but the playing by his band, the Attractions, more than makes up for it. Their cheesey electric organ and un distorted guitar sound owes more to American Yardbirds, imitators of the Sixties (Count Five, Shadows of Knight, ? & the Mysterians) than to any of what’s currently called punk, and when he wants to be, Costello is still the most brilliantly spiteful lyricist and singer since early Dylan: Check "Living in Paradise,” “You Belong to Me” and the final crusher, “Radio Radio,” the real untold story of what broadcasters think of you and me, and him.

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Santa Fe New Mexican, April 25, 1980


Dave Marsh reviews This Year's Model.

(This piece appeared in the Colorado Springs Gazette, Meriden Morning Record, Prince George Citizen. Santa Fe New Mexican, and others.)

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