Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Armed Forces (1979/2015) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Armed Forces (1979/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 40:03 minutes | 1,64 GB | Genre: Pop, Rock
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By his third album, released in 1979, the public had caught up with the critics and made Armed Forces a hit for Elvis Costello; his commercial breakthrough after two years of rapturous critical praise. Included on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, Armed Forces is the highest charting album of Costello’s career and contains his highest charting single, Oliver’s Army.

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.

01 – Accidents Will Happen
02 – Senior Service
03 – Oliver’s Army
04 – Big Boys
05 – Green Shirt
06 – Party Girl
07 – Goon Squad
08 – Busy Bodies
09 – Sunday’s Best
10 – Moods For Moderns
11 – Chemistry Class
12 – Two Little Hitlers
13 – (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding