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Blood & Chocolate

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  • Audio CD (25 Feb. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Demon Music Group
  • ASIN: B00005YXJ0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,499 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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ok so i was 17 when this record came out so no wonder I loved it. Just days it seemed from the release of the wonderful King of America , but oh my god , what's this ? A more festering , blistered , bilious , vitriolic , glorious carcrash of a record I've yet to hear. It's been around for a while now and my opinion of it is undiminished by time. Nobody is more honest and open than Costello and he manages here to express feelings even those who consider themselves articulate struggle to pin down. Blood and Chocolate ? Love and Desolation more like. He's on towering form and probably couldn't help himself. "You make him sound like frozen food , his love will last forever ..." , it would take too long to list the amazing lyrics so I'll resist the temptation. It's only the truth , the man's a Genius .
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Blood & Chocolate is simply a stunning Costello CD, brimming with anger, hurt & pain, most of it inflicted by the supposed fairer sex. The opening 'Uncomplicated' prepares the ground for 'I hope you're happy now' & the intense lyrics 'I know that this will hurt you more than it hurts me' & 'I never loved you anyhow'. Six minutes worth of the epic 'Tokyo Storm Warning' where 'The sky fell over cheap Korean monster movie scenery' follows...
The haunting 'Home is anywhere you hang your head' features the classic line 'But you know she doesn't want you, but you can't seem to get it through your head' sums up the true feeling of rejection, as your loved one wanders into the sunset, clutching a large chuck of your heart in her hand.
However, none of this prepares you for the sheer beauty of 'I want you', a song that once reduced Janice Long to tears live on air, and did the same to me on 1st listening. Even the hardest of hard hearts would do well to hang onto the tears in maybe the most beautiful song ever penned.
The CD maintains it's quality, despite peaking on track 5, but the likes of 'Battered old bird', 'Crimes of Paris' & 'Next time round' are in no way poor quality & still manage to toy with the emotions in a way no other musician can.
The 2nd disc adds more tracks to the £ & is well worthy of a listen, if you can prize the 1st disc from the player!
Costello is a living treasure, a man who understands & conveys the thing that most men fear & even more refuse to express....emotion!
If you're heartbroken & have sphed too many tears over the one who stole your heart, then buy this cd & shed a few more....& let the healing begin...
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How can you listen to this without believing Elvis is The Don? Ignore the bonus CD, because the 11 tracks on Blood and Chocolate are 11 of the finest I ever heard.....yet I must admit I'm not a big fan of Elvis, his Greatest Hits package seems to cater towards a Radio 2 audience, and apart from Brutal Youth, his other albums only seem to have a couple of standout tracks (and no, I haven't heard them all).......Lyrically he'll always stand out as one of the masters, but Blood and chocolate is 11 tracks of pure loud guitar, beautiful organ, perfect songwriting, beautiful vocals.......it's like all the great Elvis Pop Songs you've heard, but rawer, more honest. Even the downbeat tracks have a raw emotional clarity (whenever John Peel plays I Want You, he's inundated with listeners trying to discover What That Song Was)........... And if Tokyo Storm Warning isn't one of the most perfect Rock'n'roll song and Crimes of Paris one of the most perfect pop songs, then I'm Napoleon himself......
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I have my reservations about this new series of reissues but I have to say that some of the alternate takes on the bonus disc are better to my ears than the original tracks on the first disc.
The acoustic demos at the end of the bonus disc are pure gold. The speeded up version of battered old bird is first class and the bonus disc version of blue chair could have come from Get Happy. This reissue is probably in the top three or four Costello albums and is worth rebuying or just buying if you don't already have it.
(it's just a shame we didn't get all the extras the first time the discs were reissued)
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Elvis Costello once described the sound of Blood & Chocolate as a "p*ssed-off divorcee's take on the territory of This Year's Mode", which makes a lot of sense. The album came out of a great period of change for Costello, with relationships between himself and his long-term band the Attractions breaking down, his first marriage breaking up and a few years of alcoholism and personal failure/professional compromise finally manifesting itself in the feelings of pain, paranoia, guilt and obsession that are expressed on this album.
The overall sound of Blood & Chocolate is more volatile than anything Costello had done before (or since?), with the music being stripped down and spiked with distortion to create something that is much more post-punk than the pub-rock of My Aim is True, This Years Model and Trust. This is evident right from the start, with the industrial thrash of Uncomplicated, in which Costello takes a repetitive song structure and lyrics that are more of a chant, and bashes through it with his guitar resonating with drones of angular feedback. On top of this, we have the jagged rhythm section, with the clamouring percussion of Pete Thomas propelling the song forward, whilst the bass work from that other Thomas, Bruce, keeps the whole song from falling apart into a mess of aggravated guitar work and those pained, over-emotive vocals. The songs here are filled with Costello's lyrical wit and imagination, but there are darker nods to guilt, obsession and self-persecution.
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