My good friend Colin Mahoney (where are you, Colin?) was my source for realistic appraisals of Elvis Costello albums, because while he was a huge fan, he was definitely opinionated. So when I asked him what his favorite Elvis Costello record was (this was years ago), and he said this one, I kept the name locked away in my head, always planning to buy it, but never actually picking it up till last week.
As such, I (again) don't have a whole lot to say about this one. I've spun it twice, and its striking me as a lot "bigger" than his previous records. There are a lot of horns and a lot of things that seem to have "arrangements."
The songs are great, from what I can tell, and I can definitely see why it was a Colin Mahoney favorite.
"Kid About It"