Armed Forces (studio album) by Elvis Costello And The Attractions

Armed Forces by Elvis Costello And The Attractions
Year: 1979
Overall rank: 925th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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79/100 (from 430 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1979 (15th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (201st)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (925th)
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Elvis Costello And The Attractions bestography

Armed Forces is ranked 3rd best out of 12 albums by Elvis Costello And The Attractions on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Elvis Costello And The Attractions is Imperial Bedroom which is ranked number 833 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 2,212.

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Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 430 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 79.3/100, a mean average of 78.8/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.5/100. The standard deviation for this album is 12.9.

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65/100
From 09/13/2022 09:53
There is so much filler content on this record and the album only has 2 or 3 great songs and the rest just fade into the background. The ones that always stand out to me are Oliver's Army and Accidents Will Happen. Both are classic Costello with his infectious voice dominating the tracks and the Attractions putting in a fantastic performance in backing him up. These two songs are so energetic and catchy and this makes the dramatic fall off of the record feel even worse. Basically every song except the two I mentioned are filler and provide nothing to the record. You could skip those songs and I don't think anyone would be missing out on anything. None of the songs are bad but they just do nothing and don't really have that charm and infectious nature we are used to with Costello. Overall, this was quite a disappointing record for me as Costello has shown he can create brilliant music but he doesn't show it on here.
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80/100
From 06/16/2022 15:13
Not as good as his previous records, but still very strong album.
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70/100
From 10/14/2021 18:30
superb - not flawless
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From 07/23/2019 18:34
Favorite Tracks:Big Boys, Busy Bodies, Sunday's Best
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From 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 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 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 02/04/2018 17:52
Definitely some of Elvis Costello's best songs, but they're not all great.
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From 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 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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