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Its never too late to discover This Year's Model ...
on 16 July 2017
It's 2017, 40 years since the bands that brought us punk were formed, including Elvis Costello and the Attractions, and I am on some sort of nostalgia kick - why I don't know but that's not the point. So I'm revisiting the golden oldie albums from my teenage years and in some cases making their acquaintance for the first time; and the latter includes This Year's Model by Elvis Costello. Although I have later albums and greatest hits albums from EC I didn't have This Year's Model (confession time I don't have My Aim Is True either) until now - I think this gap is probably because I missed the 5 Live Stiffs tour when it stopped in Guildford in late '77 (this must have been the only time that school work took priority over live music) and so missed an early introduction to EC, Ian Drury, Wreckless Eric, Nick Lowe and Larry Wallis (words now fail me for history has shown this to have been a dreadful case of mistaken prioritisation as my A levels couldn't have got any worse). But this wrong has now been righted and I have added This Year's Model to my CD collection, although not My Aim Is True, at least not yet.
There's not much that hasn't been said elsewhere about this album since its original release in 1978, so heaping my praise on top of everybody's else's adds nothing new, but this is a great slice of late '70s music and if you're nostalgic for the original sound of the 70's you should get This Year's Model, you won't be disappointed, and if you already have it then I'm envious as you’ve been enjoying its uplifting songs and driving beats for longer than me, why didn't anyone tell me?