summer album of the week 07/23/11

elvis costello: my aim is true (released july 1977)

elvis costello: my aim is true (released july 1977)

When his debut My Aim is True album rocked Britain during the summer of 1977, Elvis Costello embodied the post-punk aesthetic, right down to the squirrelly squint he possessed on the album cover. But inside were regal ballads (Allison), power pop anthems (Miracle Man) and tastefully brutish rockers (Mystery Dance) that signaled the arrival of a master pop stylist. On a renewed listen, the finale Waiting for the End of the World satisfies most – a beat-savvy party tune honoring Armageddon. What could be more punk than that?



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