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Armed Forces (album) by Elvis Costello & The Attractions 

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Armed Forces
Armed Forces by Elvis Costello & The Attractions (1979)
Overall rank: 719th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 325 votes)
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Accolades: Top 20 albums of 1979 (15th)
Top albums of the 1970s (171st)
Top 1,000 albums of all time (719th)

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Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 325 votes)
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70/100
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75/100
10/18/2018 16:19
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80/100
From Goliath 10/16/2018 13:03
Accidents Will Happen, Oliver's Army and Goon Squad are great tracks, the rest are mediocre at best.
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From indieshins 02/25/2018 06:30
This is the weakest of Costello's run of albums from his debut to 1982's Imperial Bedroom. This is somewhat of an unpopular opinion, and there was a time when I would have disagreed with anyone who held it. But, it is hard to deny that it sounds a bit dated, and after the first five songs, which are ridiculously strong, I find myself less enamored with the others (except Little Hitlers, which I think is a fine closer). Still a great album - at this point Costello was incapable of making anything less - but not one of my favourites.
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From Ashmark 02/15/2018 00:01
My first Elvis Costello album. Really, really good all the way through. Songs are good or great.
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75/100
From planetneutral 02/04/2018 17:52
Definitely some of Elvis Costello's best songs, but they're not all great.
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85/100
From Nyoink77 12/27/2017 16:51
Tracks range from being good to outstanding. Not a single bad track here, even though other works of his, like ''this year's model'' are just a bit more constistant. Still, 85/100 from me.
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From kickerofelves 09/26/2016 22:37
@jackbrown8786 This is the original LP cover. The US version and some CD reissues have the paint splatter sleeve.
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From jackbrown8786 09/26/2016 22:11
everybody's talking about the music and I'm just wondering where this album cover came from. I've never seen this cover, it's always the messy splattery one
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90/100
From garycottier 04/16/2016 12:45
So the album originally known as, emotional fascism, would become Elvis Costello's greatest pop moment. Armed forces, was the record that skyrocketed, at least for a while, Costello to the status of a pop star. Off course the main factor in this was the wonderful single, Oliver's army, which hit no:2 in the charts. It's a great song, one of Costello's best, ABBA-esque piano and all. Accidents will happen, another of the album's great songs kicks the record off, and really there's no let up from there on in. Green shirt, goon squad, party girl, are all great, as are, moods for moderns, and, on some versions, an excellent cover of Nick Lowe's, what's so funny about peace, love, and understanding, brilliant. Overall, Armed forces doesn't quite have the bite of, This Years Model, but it is Costello's pop star moment, and there's nothing wrong with that.
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95/100
From BraddlesHendo 12/03/2014 06:14
Oliver's Army a great song
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65/100
From swhaze 09/12/2014 19:08
This music is undeniably good. Very tuneful, melodious. Costello has a really cool voice. The bassist is very good . . . so why am I not crazy about this music? It's a question of taste. Overall, I find it too chirpy, too cutesy for my liking.
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