Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Classic Vinyl: "Imperial Bedroom," Elvis Costello (1982)
After more than three decades, I can hear a lot in the album that escaped me back then. If the entire album maintained the drive and focus of the first side, I might even argue that it deserved to be a contender for the best album of 1982. But it doesn't; on Side 2 Elvis gets a little fussy, although several of the songs point to the direction he was clearly heading - more Cole Porter than angry young punk.
It's hard to escape the conclusion that it was overrated at the time, but it's still a very good album and songs like "Beyond Belief," "The Long Honeymoon" and "Shabby Doll" would fit in just fine on a career-spanning anthology.