Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time – #482: Elvis Costello & the Attractions – Armed Forces (1979)

While I don’t really have anything against this album, it is further proof that Mr. Costello just isn’t for me (sorry, Dan).


This collection of songs is largely of the poppy rock variety that is easy to move to and has its moments, but it ain’t my cup of tea.  “Senior Service” is a great example of what I am talking about – I can see why people dig it, but you won’t find me bumping anything here except for Elvis’s raucous take on Nick Lowe’s “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love and Understanding”.  That closing track is a pure joy and the highlight on this 13-track, 40 minute record.

Shout out to the snappy drumbeat throughout “Green Shirt”, and the nice touch of horns at the end of the song.  Also, the piano on “Oliver’s Army” is quite lovely.  OK, short and sweet, and moving on.

Worthy Tracks: “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love and Understanding”, “Green Shirt”, “Two Little Hitlers”

Final Verdict: Meh.

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