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Girls, Girls, Girls, Etc.: Elvis Costello - "Night Rally" and "Radio Radio"

"Night Rally" is threatening and filled with devastating imagery, and "Radio Radio" -- while no less subversive in its subject matter -- is more upbeat, and most satisfyingly, contains a proper resolution.

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Girls, Girls, Girls, Etc.: Elvis Costello - "(I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea"

It's almost not worth listening to Model unless it's a version that contains "Chelsea", as the song's presence is essential to the album's overall impact.

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Girls, Girls, Girls, Etc.: Elvis Costello - "Hand in Hand"

"Hand in Hand" is overall reminiscent of Merseybeat, without a doubt one of Costello's major touchstones for This Year's Model and beyond. Yet the relatively tame vocal performance and buoyant melody offer a sharp contrast to the harsh lyrics.

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Girls, Girls, Girls, Etc.: Elvis Costello - "You Belong to Me"

On "You Belong to Me", the author's romantic possessiveness and sexual neuroses that are merely hinted at in previous selections from This Year's Model reach their volcanic acme here, where they stay for the impassioned remainder of the record.

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Girls, Girls, Girls, Etc.: Elvis Costello - "Little Triggers"

More than the simplistic doo-wop homage some seem to disregard it as, "Little Triggers" is Costello at his lovestruck summit.

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Girls, Girls, Girls, Etc.: Elvis Costello - "Pump It Up"

The most stylistically New Wave cut from This Year's Model, the somewhat dated and overplayed "Pump It Up" serves as an arch between the lyrically-effusive "The Beat" and melodramatic "Little Triggers", a transition that otherwise wouldn't be as fluid.

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Girls, Girls, Girls, Etc.: Elvis Costello - "The Beat"

Nearly all of "The Beat's" magic lies in its glorious, impressionistic lyrics; everything else seems like sort of an afterthought.

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Girls, Girls, Girls, Etc.: Elvis Costello's 'This Year's Model'

Leaving behind psychedelic prog for nervy New Wave, the latest Between the Grooves series is a track-by-track deconstruction of Elvis Costello's malicious 1978 masterpiece. First up is the frenetic "No Action", Costello's best album opener and a great way of introducing his backing band the Attractions to the world.

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Nick Lowe: Jesus of Cool

Lowe's classic 1978 solo debut, long out-of-print and overlooked, is reissued in a definitive expanded edition that includes ten bonus tracks.


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