Saturday, July 2, 2011
A Record a Week: Elvis Costello - Armed Forces
ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN
MOODS FOR MODERNS
TWO LITTLE HITLERS
This is the last Elvis Costello installment in this series.
After I had said how good Costello was at not bending to the terrible sounds of the 80's, this late 70's album starts off with a few songs that have a total 80's pop keyboard sounds. Fear not, though, the songs aren't nearly as cheesy. They could be an influence on some of the less desirable music from that era, unfortunately.
The songs bring to mind hints of, and possibly draws a bit from heavyweights Devo (yes I know they were around in the 70's), as well as Men Without Hats, two of the better 80's pop bands in my opinion.
The album is still a great, fairly complex pop album. My favourite songs lie on the B side, with Busy Bodies and Mood for Moderns.