Blood & Chocolate

Blood & Chocolate

by Elvis Costello & the Attractions
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Blood & Chocolate

Elvis Costello returned to the Attractions as quickly as he abandoned them, hiring the band and old producer Nick Lowe to record Blood & Chocolate, his second record in the span of one year. Where King of America was a stripped-down roots rock affair, Blood & Chocolate is a return to the harder rock of This Year's Model. Occasionally, there are hints of country and folk, but the majority of the album is straight-ahead rock & roll: the opener, "Uncomplicated," only has two chords. The main difference between the reunion and the Attractions' earlier work is the tone -- This Year's Model was tense and out of control, whereas Blood & Chocolate is controlled viciousness. "Tokyo Storm Warning," "I Hope You're Happy Now," and "I Want You" are the nastiest songs he has ever recorded, both lyrically and musically -- Costello snarls the lyrics and the Attractions bash out the chords. Blood & Chocolate doesn't retain that high level of energy throughout the record, however, and loses momentum toward the end of the album. Still, it's a lively and frequently compelling reunion, even if it is a rather mean-spirited one.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/01/2007
Label: Hip-O Records
UPC: 0602517260825
catalogNumber: 000863102
Rank: 57572

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Performance Credits

Elvis Costello & the Attractions   Primary Artist
Steve Nieve   Piano,Harmonium,Organo
Nick Lowe   Acoustic Guitar
Cait O'Riordan   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bruce Thomas   Bass,Bass Guitar
Pete Thomas   Saxophone,Tambur
Napoleon Dynamite   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonium,Vocals,Background Vocals,Tambur

Technical Credits

Elvis Costello   Composer
Colin Fairley   Producer,Audio Production
Nick Lowe   Producer,Audio Production
Declan MacManus   Composer
Jake Riviera   Direction
Michele Horie   Producer,Reissue Producer
Napoleon Dynamite   Contributor
Eamonn Singer   Paintings

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