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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: 723rd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 346 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 20 albums of 1979 (14th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (170th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (723rd)

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80/100
From Goliath
Accidents Will Happen, Oliver's Army and Goon Squad are great tracks, the rest are mediocre at best.
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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
My first Elvis Costello album. Really, really good all the way through. Songs are good or great.
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75/100
Definitely some of Elvis Costello's best songs, but they're not all great.
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From Nyoink77
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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@jackbrown8786 This is the original LP cover. The US version and some CD reissues have the paint splatter sleeve.
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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
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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Oliver's Army a great song
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From swhaze
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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