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

Armed Forces
Armed Forces by Elvis Costello And The Attractions
Year: 1979
Overall rank: 852nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 387 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1979 (14th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (190th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (852nd)
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Record Album: Elvis Costello and the Attractions - Armed Forces - RAD 14
Condition: Used
Time left: 3h 28m 23s
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Elvis Costello and the Attractions Armed Forces 1979 Columbia PC 35709 VG+ NM
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Time left: 7h 13m 5s
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ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE ATTRACTIONS*ARMED FORCES EXTENDED PLAY 21 TRK CD RYKO OOP
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Elvis Costello And The Attractions bestography

Armed Forces is ranked 3rd best out of 11 albums by Elvis Costello And The Attractions on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Elvis Costello And The Attractions is Get Happy!! which is ranked number 794 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 2,411.

Elvis Costello And The Attractions album bestography « Higher ranked (835th) This album (852nd) Lower ranked (2,565th) »
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Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 387 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 79.1/100, a mean average of 78.9/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.3/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.2.

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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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From 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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From 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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From 12/03/2014 06:14
Oliver's Army a great song
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