Blood & Chocolate
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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...
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)
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.Read more ›
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The first EC album I bought after Spike introduced me to him. Spike was wonderful and diverse, with a collection of guest musicians. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Poly
Elvis is pissed off. He's rounded up The Attractions & bullied them back into the studio. And Nick Lowe is back behind the desk. FANTASTIC. Read morePublished on 10 Aug. 2011 by R. Rooksby
As part of my renewing of my old vinyl collections, I purchased 'Blood & Chocolate'. I was not disappointed listening to this album again after all this time. Read morePublished on 29 Nov. 2010 by davidmc
In a 2013 edition of Mojo Conor O'Brien (of the Irish indie-folk group Villagers) nominated this sometimes undervalued album in the retro music magazine's 'Last Night A Record... Read morePublished on 3 Oct. 2010 by S Bailey
battered old bird - please listen to this song, the quality of it moves one to the point where it almost becomes unbearable, listen in a dark room at high volume, it seems like... Read morePublished on 21 Jan. 2010 by Mr. S. Matejko
Can't think of a good crtique but that I love this album, every song. 'I want you' is my favourite. Passionate real songs. Love the voice and the music and the lyricsPublished on 22 Aug. 2009 by Toni Tiger