While it is appreciated that Costello has given us a collection of twenty new songs on one album, and for $7.98 suggested list price no less, it would have been more appreciated if he had pared down the number of songs and more fully developed the rest.
The average length of these songs is just slightly more than two minutes, barely long enough to get into the song. This is especially hazardous in the case of Costello who has always layered his songs, used obviously thought out lyrics which were not easily discernable and were not printed, and has not been conventional in either his approach or the product that he releases.
A few of the songs seem especially worthy of more attention than the listener can give in such a short period of time. Most notably these include "Opportunity," "King Horse," and "Motel Matches," After an album as perfect as Armed Forces, this is a very sadly disappointing album.