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not as good as he used to be, is he?
on 4 December 2000
Hotter Than July might not be up with his very best work, sure, but it's still a masterpiece by anyone else's standards. This is especially true when you consider that it was released in the early 1980s, when popular music wasn't exactly at its peak. Lately is as good a song as his finest 70s work, such as Knocks Me Off My Feet or Big Brother. And yes, Master Blaster is awesome. One more thing though. Elvis Costello is a genius. I already knew this to be true, but now I know it's not just in the field of music! Not only did he rip off Master Blaster as your reviewer points out, but he then jumped in a time machine, went back to 1977 (three years before Stevie recorded the song) and released Watching the Detectives first. Amazing!