This Year's Model (Remastered)

This Year's Model (Remastered)

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Newly Remastered on 180g Vinyl LP with the Addition of "Big Tears" and "Radio Radio"!

The first record he made with his legendary backing band the Attractions, This Year's Model is Elvis Costello's most explosive and urgent album. Picking up where his fine My Aim Is True left off, the British singer/guitarist blasts through 12 excellent tracks with the fervent purpose and headlong pace of someone who has a cab waiting for him outside. Stylistically versatile, deeply varied, and melodically catchy, this where Costello came into his own – and where the chemistry between virtuosic keyboardist Steve Nieve, bassist Bruce Thomas, and drummer Pete Thomas produced one of rock's best groups.

A dynamic maelstrom of emotional spite, bitter frustration, sexual angst, and caustic political commentary, the 1978 set boosted Costello's star and yielded innumerable standards: the undying MOR protest "Radio Radio," fervent "Pump It Up," and spunky "No Action" are all here. 
While often cited as Costello's "angry" record, This Year's Model has more to do with disappointments and denials. The album bursts forth with a savage energy not possible without the Attractions, which are responsible for the songs being built from the ground up. Where Costello's voice and twangy guitar dominate My Aim Is True, here, sizzling rhythms and Nieve's colorful organ runs anchor the foundations. This is a group effort, with Costello's biting lyrics taking chances and forcing the listener to mull double meanings all the while the music zooms by at a fast clip.

Railing against unachievable desires, Costello and company delight in the anguish, and spit such torment back out in the form of hook-ridden music that functions as a brilliant form of situational confirmation and emotional catharsis well over 40 years later. This Year's Model has been newly remastered and is available here on 180g vinyl LP with the addition of "Big Tears" and "Radio Radio."

  1. No Action
  2. This Year's Girl
  3. The Beat
  4. Pump It Up
  5. Little Triggers
  6. You Belong To Me
  7. Hand In Hand
  8. (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea
  9. Lip Service
  10. Living In Paradise
  11. Lipstick Vogue
  12. Night Rally
  13. Big Tears
  14. Radio, Radio