A Poll To Trust (or another Elvis Costello poll then....)

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Poll Results

New Lace Sleeves 5
Clubland 4
Strict Time 3
You'll Never Be a Man 2
Watch Your Step 2
Lovers Walk 2
Fish 'n' Chip Paper 1
White Knuckles 1
Different Finger 1
From a Whisper to a Scream 1
Luxembourg 0
Shot with His Own Gun 0
Pretty Words 0
Big Sister's Clothes0

Geir Hongro, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 07:24 (fourteen years ago) link

Not by any means as strong and cohesive as his previous albums, but "Clubland" is a classic worth voting for.

Geir Hongro, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 07:24 (fourteen years ago) link

Dude this is like his only really good record! "Seconds of Pleasure" btw

Niles Caulder, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 07:58 (fourteen years ago) link

I primarily listen to EC comps now, but when I go for a proper album it's usually either this one or This Year's Model. There's not really a bad song on it.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 9 July 2008 08:02 (fourteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Sunday, 13 July 2008 23:01 (fourteen years ago) link

"new lace sleeves" -- just like "imperial bedroom" except it's actually good!

fact checking cuz, Monday, 14 July 2008 14:53 (fourteen years ago) link

"Strict Time"

Jazzbo, Monday, 14 July 2008 15:16 (fourteen years ago) link

Always had a special place in my heart for Nieve's performance on 'Lover's Walk' - that gets my vote. I'm slapping this wax on today during work.

BlackIronPrison, Monday, 14 July 2008 15:17 (fourteen years ago) link

His best record, even though it absolutely falls apart towards the end. But the first 75% is some of the greatest music ever made by anyone.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 14 July 2008 16:27 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah, this is certainly his best after This Year's Model; its diversity is its strength, even if I prefer the second to the first half ("Luxembourg" is an idea that doesn't come off). He's grown so much as a writer that a song like "White Knuckles" would have been a clever, hook-laden scorcher on TYM and here it's clever-sick, like Jimmy Stewart watching his neighbor Ms Lonelyheart getting beat up in Rear Window.

"New Lace Sleeves" and "Watch Your Step" are a great twosome.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 14 July 2008 17:16 (fourteen years ago) link

I see this as the album where he tried to do what he succeeded doing on "Imperial Bedroom".

Geir Hongro, Monday, 14 July 2008 19:43 (fourteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

ILX System, Monday, 14 July 2008 23:01 (fourteen years ago) link

Um, that was quick.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 14 July 2008 23:03 (fourteen years ago) link

eight years pass...

"Big Sister's Clothes" rules.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 18 September 2016 21:33 (six years ago) link

Some days I think this might be his best record.

Kitchen Person, Sunday, 18 September 2016 21:36 (six years ago) link

six years pass...

Asking myself why I don't listen to this record as much as the other early Attractions ones. It's bloody brilliant.

MaresNest, Monday, 23 January 2023 14:24 (two weeks ago) link

"Watch Your Step" > "Clubland" > everything else

The Myth of Sisyspacek (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 23 January 2023 14:42 (two weeks ago) link

I love "New Lace Sleeves" as well as the two listed above the most. The whole album has since grown on me, but it took a while - it's the one great album from his 'classic' era that I didn't warm to right away.

birdistheword, Monday, 23 January 2023 15:47 (two weeks ago) link

Strict Time is like my favorite type of Costello song, it's wonky and bouncy and overlays a bunch of parts that shouldn't really fit together. Beyond Belief is another one. wish he did more like it.

frogbs, Monday, 23 January 2023 15:50 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah totally. I always thought that was pretty amazing about a lot of his records from this era - they model these disparate parts from records that have little relation from one another and then fuse them together into something that works. It really is the type of thing that would be conceived by a group of record connoisseurs, and it makes his eventual collaboration with the Roots decades later seem pretty logical. In this particular case, I think EC said they focused their reach to the New Wave groups of the day, though it was more like "this is our idea of a [fill-in-the-blank] song," etc.

Also the way this album came together seemed pretty haphazard - it sounded like they weren't in the best state and drinking way too much, and the results were such a mess that they had to regroup and start all over again from scratch.

birdistheword, Monday, 23 January 2023 16:10 (two weeks ago) link

I've listened to this album far more than any other EC album, and for the life of me, I can't remember any song on it named New Lace Sleeves.
For my money, "Big Sister's Clothes" is the standout, followed closely by Strict Time and Lover's Walk.
As a teenaged Squeeze fan, I wanted to love the Glenn Tilbrook duet far more than I ever did.

Listening now, and "New Lace Sleeves" still feels pretty unmemorable to me.

enochroot, Monday, 23 January 2023 17:56 (two weeks ago) link

This is his first and best "grown-up" record.

Halfway there but for you, Monday, 23 January 2023 20:09 (two weeks ago) link

Listening now, and "New Lace Sleeves" still feels pretty unmemorable to me.

I like the space -- that bass and organ recall "Ghost Town" -- and the mysterious lyric.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 23 January 2023 20:10 (two weeks ago) link

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