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Elvis Costello and the Attractions - Punch The Clock (1983/2015) [HDTracks]

9-03-2016, 11:25
Pop | Rock | Punk | HD & Vinyl

Title: Punch The Clock
Year Of Release: 2015 (1983)
Label: Hip-O/Elvis Costello
Genre: Pop Rock, Punk, New Wave
Quality: FLAC (tracks) [24bit/192kHz]
Total Time: 45:31
Total Size: 1,94 GB

Punch the Clock is an album released in 1983 by Elvis Costello and the Attractions. It was Costello's eighth album, his seventh with the Attractions since 1978. The album featured Costello's first US Top 40 hit, "Everyday I Write the Book". In 2014, NME ranked it at number 345 in its list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


01 - Let Them All Talk
02 - Every Day I Write The Book
03 - The Greatest Thing
04 - The Element Within Her
05 - Love Went Mad
06 - Shipbuilding
07 - TKO (Boxing Day)
08 - Charm School
09 - The Invisible Man
10 - Mouth Almighty
11 - King Of Thieves
12 - Pills & Soap
13 - The World And His Wife

Perhaps frustrated by the lack of commercial success Imperial Bedroom encountered, Elvis Costello enlisted British hitmakers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley to produce its follow-up, Punch the Clock. The difference between the two records is immediately noticeable. Punch the Clock has a slick, glossy surface, complete with layered synthesizers, horns, studio effects, and the backup vocals of Afrodiziak. The approach isn't necessarily a misguided one, since Costello is as much a pop musician as he is a singer/songwriter and many of the best moments on the record – "Everyday I Write the Book," "Let Them All Talk" – work well as shiny pop singles. However, the problem with Punch the Clock is that Costello is entering a fallow songwriting period; it is his least consistent set of original songs to date. The best moments, the antiwar ballad "Shipbuilding" and the eerie pseudo-rap "Pills and Soap," are as articulate and effective as any of his past work, but frequently Costello falls short of meeting his standards, particularly when he's trying to write a song in the style of his older songs. Nevertheless, the sheen of the Langer and Winstanley production makes Punch the Clock a pleasurable listen. Costello's uneven writing means that only portions of the album are memorable.

Elvis Costello and the Attractions - Punch The Clock (1983/2015) [HDTracks]

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