Elvis Costello and The Attractions – Brutal Youth (1994)
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“This is hell, this is hell
I am sorry to tell you
It never gets better or worse
But you get used to it after a spell”
– Elvis Costello, This is hell
When I listen to Brutal Youth, I inevitably think of the bells of hell.
Or Hells Bells.
Because a couple of years ago, I bought this cassette for $1, at Aux 33 Tours in Montreal, mere hours before seeing AC (lightning bolt) DC!
Montreal road trip with a great friend? $1 tape at an excellent record store? Acca Dacca association?
Obviously it doesn’t get much better than that in my books!
Although easier said than done, with Brutal Youth, I’ve done my best to separate my listening experience from the purchase experience.
Even if I’ve failed to separate the two, Elvis Costello certainly succeeded in creating another solid album.
However, I’m starting to think that another pattern is starting to emerge in the Costello discography:
While listening to Brutal Youth was far from a hellish experience, I am sorry to tell you, it never gets better or worse with Elvis Costello.
I’m still trying to process if that’s a gentle criticism or a modest compliment.
I’m not sure if I should be praising his ability to remain relevant for so many decades or complaining that I can never get quite as excited about Elvis as I do about, say, Angus Young & co.
I suppose I’ll figure it out eventually.
If not, perhaps I’ll at least get used to it after a spell.
Verbalize the Positive
I appreciate Victim of the Fury’s recent post, highlighting some of his music influencers. I could not agree more with his three choices!