Smash Hits, February 26, 1986

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Smash Hits

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King Of America

The Costello Show

Chris Heath

On the cover of this, Elvis Costello's new LP, he looks sad, old and rather serious. And on the record inside he sounds pretty similar. These days he's almost completely abandoned the soulful pop he always used to dabble in, instead larking about with rock 'n' roll, folk and country & western. The trouble is that, in nearly all the songs, he's far too busy cramming in lots of clever complicated phrases and pessimistic views to actually remember putting a tune in. Only a couple of songs — "The Sleep Of The Just" and "Little Palaces" really stand out — still, probably enough to make his fans happy though I doubt it will win him any new ones.

(7 out of 10)

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Smash Hits, February 26 - March 11, 1986


Chris Heath reviews King Of America.

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Clipping.

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Cover and page scan.

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