My Aim Is True (studio album) by Elvis Costello

My Aim Is True by Elvis Costello
Year: 1977
Overall rank: 452nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 682 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1977 (13th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (108th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (452nd)
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Elvis Costello bestography

My Aim Is True is ranked 2nd best out of 36 albums by Elvis Costello on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Elvis Costello is This Year's Model which is ranked number 303 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 6,248.

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81/100 (from 682 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 81.2/100, a mean average of 80.4/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 81.3/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.3.

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85/100
From 05/09/2022 21:02
This record gives nice throwback to late 50s/early 60s vibe. Of course Costello wears his influences on his sleeve here, you can hear and see a ton of Buddy Holly here with a little of Elvis Presley and early Beatles. The worst track here is Pay It Back, but as a whole this album is incredibly consistent.
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From 04/22/2022 12:05
This album is such a breath of fresh air every time I listen to it. It is 30 or so minute of just pure light hearted fun that gets lodged in your brain and all the songs are so easy to sing a long to. It is very uplifting as well and so easily lifts me out of any negative mood I am in. The highlight of this album for me is Costello who is phenomenal vocally and delivers his lyrics, which are also great, perfectly. The nuances in his voice are contagious and so easy to fall in love with. This makes every song very easy to enjoy. Then you add on top the great instrumental performances on guitar and drums and you get a non stop thrill ride of an experience. A few tracks could be seen as filler mainly near the end but they don't take you out of the album or lose the style of the music. Overall, I don't know how you could sit through this record and not have a good time as it really is that brilliant.
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From 12/26/2021 12:52
This is so damn refreshing music amid the angsty and industrial rock of 1977. There are many great albums but this is a great debut in the spirit of Buddy Holly and Beatles.
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From 09/08/2021 16:59
throwback to '60s 2.3 to 3-minute songs brilliant with a new wave twist
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From 02/07/2021 01:18
A debut album, remarkable for having some all-time great tracks, but a noticeable number of the songs are relatively mundane.
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From 01/10/2020 05:38
The king of New Wave delivers a genre birthing debut. Along with the Ramones the year before this album would reinvent rock and roll and chart the course for the future.
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From 06/28/2019 14:20
80/100

Normal album, normal songs
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From 11/20/2018 22:20
Fun album, and I'm Not Angry is fantastic
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From 02/25/2018 06:19
Elvis Costello's debut album is a classic. I'll admit, it's not the album that got me into him, but more recently, as I've entered adulthood, started to work part-time and my frustration with romance has grown, this album has really climbed for me. Welcome to the Working Week is my anthem for when I'm frustrated with my dead-end job, while Miracle Man and No Dancing speak to me as a sexually frustrated, awkward young guy. Also love Sneaky Feelings (reminds me of a close friend), and Less than Zero. Meanwhile Alison and Watching the Detectives are among my favourite Costello songs period, the latter boasting some of the most dizzying lyrics ever written. Not the man's crowning masterpiece, but still a masterpiece.
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From 02/14/2018 03:00
A really good time all the way through.
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