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Watch Your Step
on 1 September 2011
As Elvis himself confides in the sleevenotes, his original intention with Trust was to record an LP that crossed "the melody of Armed Forces with the rhythm of Get Happy". With both he & The Attractions beset by all manner of unhealthy chemical diversions, & with producuer Nick Lowe periodically laid low with flu, Trust isn't quite the masterpiece it might've been, but, as fifth albums go, it's a booze blunted, bad tempered BELTER. Hampered, perversely, by too many ideas (rather than a deficit thereof) & a lack of obvious 45s (as fine as "Clubland" & "From A Whisper To A Scream" both are, they're simply not as striking as "Oliver's Army" or "Chelsea"), Trust takes it's time to make it's mark - a good half dozen listens are required before it's tunes finally begin to lodge themselves in the brain. It's worth the effort though - songs such as "Shot By His Own Gun", "New Lace Sleeves", "Watch Your Step" & the Toussaint-inspired "Strict Time" (which definitely SHOULD have been a single!) still rank amongst his best ever, 30 years later.
The additional disc that accompanies some editions of the CD offers up several excellent outtakes that arguably should have been included on the album proper: the terrific "Black Sails In The Sunset" (issued, much later, as the b-side of "Tokyo Storm Warning") & "Big Sister" (relegated to an NME cassette compilation) would both have been highlights if chosen, as would his marvellous attempt at Cole Porter's downbeat "Love For Sale".
Trust, ultimately, is probably not the best point of entry for the Costello novice, but anybody familiar with his first 4 LPs definitely needs this one as well.