Imperial Bedroom (album) by Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Imperial Bedroom
Imperial Bedroom by Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Year: 1982
Overall rank: 843rd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 302 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1982 (11th)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (125th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (843rd)
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Elvis Costello & The Attractions bestography

Imperial Bedroom is ranked 2nd best out of 11 albums by Elvis Costello & The Attractions on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Elvis Costello & The Attractions is Get Happy!! which is ranked number 783 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 2,391.

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Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 302 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 3% of albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a mean average rating of 77.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 78.4/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.3.

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From 07/22/2019 15:31
Favorite Tracks:Beyond Belief, Tears Before Bedtime, Shabby Doll, Almost Blue, Kid About It, Boy With A Problem
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From 05/05/2018 02:50
Not especially memorable, but I like this well enough.
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From 02/28/2018 01:40
The apex of Costello's career. Some may find it pretentious, and indeed, the second half of the album is a bit obtuse at times, but once you get past that it is revealed to be perhaps his greatest work of art. Side one is perfect - and I mean PERFECT. Not one song is less than classic out of the first seven. Side two starts out strong too, with the Loved Ones and Human Hands, the latter being one of Costello's most vulnerable moments and one of my favourites of his. Then up until the closer Town Cryer, the songs become more difficult to parse, winding down unpredictable paths. But the ambition cannot be faulted - the variety of styles, moods and structures here is dizzying, and the production by Geoff Emerick is arguably the best of any Costello album. This album is, in a word, timeless!
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80/100
From 02/15/2018 00:05
I did not take to this album-at first but after time passed and a few more listens, I realized this is a very good album musically and lyrically. It is certainly different than earlier albums.
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From 11/18/2017 13:18
Essential in any 80s collection.
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From 04/20/2016 14:52
Imperial bedroom, is Elvis Costello's best album of the eighties. It's a wonderfully rich record featuring some great orchestration which is the icing on the cake to a lot of the tracks. Costello would try the same thing nine years later with, mighty like a rose, but where as on that record he threw absolutely everything at it, making it overblown and bloated, on, imperial bedroom, it's done just about right. A lot of people argue that the album doesn't have any great songs on it, I strongly disagree. Beyond belief, the long honeymoon, and especially, man out of time, are excellent tracks. Mentions should also go to,...and in every home, you little fool, and, the loved ones. The ballads, almost blue, kid about it, and, town cryer, are all lovely too. Imperial bedroom is a majestic piece of work, every track adds to the listening experience, and Costello is on the kind of form he wouldn't be in again for quite a while.
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From 11/26/2015 01:26
Arguably Costello's masterpiece. Very much a classy album, with influences of Baroque Pop smeared all over and possibly a dab of Psychedelia. The earlier days of brash Punk/New Wave seem to be fading away, as Costello is embracing a more sophisticated sound built around composing songs on piano. "Almost Blue" is the perfect example. However, "Man Out of Time" is probably the strongest song off this album. "You Little Fool" is another highlight.
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From 10/06/2014 17:53
Listen to the opening lines of "The Loved Ones" and you hear Costello at his best. Snappy lines, sung with force and definitely dripping with caustic wit.
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From 08/11/2014 19:04
One of my favorite EC albums. Love the Geoff Emerick production.
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From 06/23/2014 01:51
Really liked this when it first came out. More recent listening has led me to reappraise it. Is it possible Elvis uses too many words at times? This isn't always a bad thing as the melodies help keep things together. I've grown to like the simpler songs with less production. One thing is for sure - he is a great writer of ballads and there are some very good examples of his craft here.
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