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After releasing and touring the intense This Year's Model, Elvis Costello quickly returned to the studio with the Attractions to record his third album, Armed Forces. In contrast to the stripped-down pop and rock of his first two albums, Armed Forces boasted a detailed and textured pop production, but it was hardly lavish. However, the more spacious arrangements -- complete with ringing pianos, echoing reverb, layered guitars, and harmonies -- accent Costello's melodies, making the record more accessible than his first two albums. Perversely, while the sound of Costello's music was becoming more open and welcoming, his songs became more insular and paranoid, ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
After releasing and touring the intense This Year's Model, Elvis Costello quickly returned to the studio with the Attractions to record his third album, Armed Forces. In contrast to the stripped-down pop and rock of his first two albums, Armed Forces boasted a detailed and textured pop production, but it was hardly lavish. However, the more spacious arrangements -- complete with ringing pianos, echoing reverb, layered guitars, and harmonies -- accent Costello's melodies, making the record more accessible than his first two albums. Perversely, while the sound of Costello's music was becoming more open and welcoming, his songs became more insular and paranoid, even though he cloaked his emotions well. Many of the songs on Armed Forces use politics as a metaphor for personal relationships, particularly fascism, which explains its working title, Emotional Fascism. Occasionally, the lyrics are forced, but the music never is -- the album demonstrates the depth of Costello's compositional talents and how he can move from the hook-laden pop of "Accidents Will Happen" to the paranoid "Goon Squad" with ease. Some of the songs, like the light reggae of "Two Little Hitlers" and the impassioned "Party Girl," build on his strengths, while others like the layered "Oliver's Army" take Costello into new territories. It's a dense but accessible pop record and ranks as his third masterpiece in a row. [The Rykodisc/Demon 1993 CD reissue of Armed Forces restored the album to its original British running order, adding the B-side cover of Nick Lowe's "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding" -- which had been substituted for "Sunday's Best" on the American version of Armed Forces -- as one of the disc's bonus tracks. The CD also includes the B-sides "My Funny Valentine," "Tiny Steps," "Clean Money," the free single "Talking in the Dark"/"Wednesday Week," which was included with the initial Radar pressings of Armed Forces, and the Live at Hollywood High EP, which was also included on the first Radar edition.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/1993
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • UPC: 014431027321
  • Catalog Number: 20273

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Accidents Will Happen - Elvis Costello & the Attractions (3:00)
  2. 2 Senior Service - Elvis Costello & the Attractions (2:17)
  3. 3 Oliver's Army - Elvis Costello & the Attractions (2:58)
  4. 4 Big Boys - Elvis Costello & the Attractions (2:54)
  5. 5 Green Shirt - Elvis Costello & the Attractions (2:42)
  6. 6 Party Girl - Elvis Costello & the Attractions (3:20)
  7. 7 Goon Squad - Elvis Costello & the Attractions (3:14)
  8. 8 Busy Bodies - Elvis Costello & the Attractions (3:33)
  9. 9 Sunday's Best - Elvis Costello & the Attractions (3:22)
  10. 10 Moods for Moderns - Elvis Costello & the Attractions (2:48)
  11. 11 Chemistry Class - Elvis Costello & the Attractions (2:55)
  12. 12 Two Little Hitlers - Elvis Costello & the Attractions (3:10)
  13. 13 (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding? - Elvis Costello & the Attractions (3:31)
  14. 14 My Funny Valentine - Elvis Costello & the Attractions (1:28)
  15. 15 Tiny Steps - Elvis Costello & the Attractions (2:42)
  16. 16 Clean Money - Elvis Costello & the Attractions (1:57)
  17. 17 Talking in the Dark - Elvis Costello & the Attractions (1:56)
  18. 18 Wednesday Week - Elvis Costello & the Attractions (2:01)
  19. 19 Accidents Will Happen - Elvis Costello & the Attractions (3:23)
  20. 20 Alison - Elvis Costello & the Attractions (3:06)
  21. 21 Watching the Detectives - Elvis Costello & the Attractions (6:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvis Costello Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
The Attractions Track Performer
Steve Nieve Keyboards
Bruce Thomas Bass, Saxophone
Pete Thomas Percussion, Drums, Saxophone
Steve Mason Keyboards
Technical Credits
Roger Bechirian Engineer, Remastering
Nick Lowe Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Take a listen to Elvis' ''Armed Forces''

    Elvis reinvents the art of barque pop with his third album. Another one of the greatest albums of all time

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Long Live Elvis!

    What an amazing album! I defy you to find a better song than ''(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love and Understanding''! The lyrics speak from the heart and the soul, and the music just plain rocks! If you miss the days when music made you feel alive, grab a copy of ''Armed Forces'' and escape into it!

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