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4.0 out of 5 stars Ignore The Negative Reviews
'Congratulations,you have just purchased our worst record!' is Elvis Costello's opening sentence in the self-penned liner notes of Demon Records' mid '90's re-release of this,EC's 9th album.People who hung on to these words still think that 'Goodbye Cruel World' is EC's least impressive output to date,it's far from it,check out 'Spike' or 'Mighty Like A Rose' if you want...
Published on 14 April 2006 by nm1270

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1.0 out of 5 stars This is Costello's Worst Album
Coming after a stream of classic, critically acclaimed albums, probably reaching an apogee with 1982s Imperial Bedroon, this is very thin gruel indeed. Costello has admitted subsequently that he was burnt out by this point and it shows. Give this a miss and delve into any of his earlier work or the 1986 comeback - King of America, to see his true colours.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ignore The Negative Reviews, 14 April 2006
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nm1270 (Tonypandy,Mid Glamorgan, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
'Congratulations,you have just purchased our worst record!' is Elvis Costello's opening sentence in the self-penned liner notes of Demon Records' mid '90's re-release of this,EC's 9th album.People who hung on to these words still think that 'Goodbye Cruel World' is EC's least impressive output to date,it's far from it,check out 'Spike' or 'Mighty Like A Rose' if you want to hear a bad Elvis Costello album.
In fact the reason EC dislikes this album is not so much from a songwriting perspective but for personal issues which were taking place in his life at the time (his wife,bank manager and record company all seemed to be taking him for a ride.)
The opening track 'The Only Flame In Town' with Daryl Hall doesn't set the tone for the remainder of the disc but there are some gems present on the album.'Inch By Inch' is haunting.'The Comedians'(later covered by Roy Orbison) is typically Costello,tempo changes aplenty.'Joe Porterhouse' is the sorry tale about the passing of a once proud man.'Peace In Our Time' is poignant,solemn and yet witty about the end of World War 2 and the demise of Naziism('Now the disco machine lives in Munich and we are all friends and I slip on my Italian dancing shoes as the evening descends')he sings.'Goodbye Cruel World' is a very under-rated and misunderstood Elvis Costello album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Forget everything you think you known about this album., 30 Dec 2004
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Endecay (Sutton Coldfield, England) - See all my reviews
I have never hated this album the way many other Costello fans do. I first heard it when it was originally re-issued in 1995 with a stack of bonus tracks. Maybe that coloured my opinion, but now that's it's been completely remixed and an extra CD with most of those bonus trakcs plus a whole flotilla more I find myself reappraising it.
It's actually very good - even the original CD sounds better. There are actually some great songs on here. I love 'Joe Porterhouse', 'Home Truth', 'Inch By Inch' and the live version of 'Worthless Thing' on CD2. Even some of the weaker tracks are re-vitalised on CD2 when you hear the stripped down demos and acoustic live work. It actually makes you sad to think how great this could have been had EC been able to pull it, re-work it and then release it later as he wanted to, but he was contractually tied in to the release date.
I would urge any Costello fan who may have loathed this album before to take the plunge and try it again. It may surprise you.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This is Costello's Worst Album, 31 Mar 2006
Coming after a stream of classic, critically acclaimed albums, probably reaching an apogee with 1982s Imperial Bedroon, this is very thin gruel indeed. Costello has admitted subsequently that he was burnt out by this point and it shows. Give this a miss and delve into any of his earlier work or the 1986 comeback - King of America, to see his true colours.
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