Blood & Chocolate
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Here's a clue how much I enjoy it, my 38 yr old (as of 2007) Golden Crown Amazon parrot can sing every word of this album. Alice's favorite artists are Elvis, Jimi and INXS. But she only sings the words to the songs of Blood & Chocolate. Otherwise she's the opera diva with a loud voice, but no words.
I can't place my finger on what exactly it is about this album that hits me so, but it might be the deep lyrics and their meaning. Or it just might be that it's a great beat to belt out as you paint your blue chair.
It works, better than he thinks it does.
Hard driving, desperate rock and roll from EC and the Attractions. Steve Nieve's organ punctuates madly and cascades it's way over Bruce Thomas's bass lines, creating a melody like a disastrous waterfall that pours over Pete Thomas's rock solid drumming.
The result is a discordant, spartan proceeding that has some of EC's best songs and the Attractions' best playing. Words: : Well, here's a boy if ever there was/Who's gonna do great things/I guess that's what they all say/And that's how the trouble begins/I've seen them rise and fall and through their big deals and smalls/And he better have a dream that goes beyond 4 walls."
Lyric brilliance, vocal emotiveness unrivaled by a damn good soul singer, and awesome musicality..buy it or die trying...fantastic album.
And the bonus CD... WELL! Great stuff, alternate takes of album tracks (that make me trust EC's judgement) and some demos, and some B-sides...WELL! A non-fan doesn't need any of it, but for someone who has followed a career, it's invaluable...luckily, RHINO is not charging for the second CD..buy them, realize them, enjoy them...this is songwriting at it's best!
Trust me....this is worth your time.
The final track on the Ryko CD was "A Town Called Big Nothing (Really Big Nothing)", a wonderful, 5-minute+ little gem originally writen for a Alex Cox film that featured Costello's father on trumpet.
However, it is NOT included on the new Rhino CD. This is a curious and unfortunate omission, so FYI to all who are considering replacing the Ryko's. Perhaps Rhino will include it on one of the future Costello releases.
(UPDATE: The track never made it to any of the Rhino releases. It now only appears on The Singles Volume 3 set.)
Costello has always been angry, he built his reputation on it. But on Blood & Chocolate, all kid gloves are off. Those great pop hooks & bitter turns of phrase are there, but here he deliberately keeps things as ugly and brutal as possible. Playing almost in mockery of stuff like "Oliver's Army". It's the sonic equivalent of elegantly burning oneself in effigy with a bloody hammer. Smothered in decidedly claustrophobic production, it feels like a drunken brawl in a broom closet. One gets the sense Costello is hell bent on nailing The Attractions kicking & screaming down into his own coffin.
"Uncomplicated" clangs in like a ringside bell. One immediately gets the sense that everyone's playing in the dark, pissed as hell, determined to beat any semblance of melody into a pulp. Steve Neive hits the Wulitzer like a drunken carny. Pete Thomas seems to be pounding on the decapitated heads of those he hates. As if in spiteful opposition, Bruce Thomas plays as if he's creeping up to push the shiv in. As for Costello, he gleefully lives up to the self-deprecating nickname "little hands of concrete", spitting out his lyrics as if he couldn't stand the taste of them.
In short, everyone seems to be hell bent on playing their instruments as if they were billy clubs, flogging the same damn horse. This is particularly evident on the likes of "Tokyo Storm Warning" and "Honey Are You Straight Or Are You Blind?" Elsewhere, the atmosphere could only be described as perverse. "Poor Napolean" reeks of a 10 day bender & "Anywhere You Hang Your Head" is the sonic equivalent of a suicidal hangover.
A major highlight is "I Want You". Easily one of the creepiest & most powerful songs Costello & Co.Read more ›
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Different from what I was expecting but really what was I expecting? You can tell the album was made quickly because there is a rawness to it that I wasn't sure if I liked then of... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Dianna Koish
poor...c.d had several scratches, seller never responded to my complaintPublished 2 months ago by riversidepete61
This is a magnificent double disc of Elvis Costello.. I believe the tracks are mentioned above by Amazon. It is really a good listening set form start to finish.Published 3 months ago by Joe Eastlack
..of all the underrated Costello albums, and there are many, this might just be the most unjustly overlooked,,, always makes my top five EC records. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Joseph Padula
For my 17th birthday, I recieved the LP "Blood and Chocolate" as a gift from my brother.
For my 45th birthday, I recieved the cd (& digital download) "Blood... Read more
This is a good album. My favorite songs are: I want you, Battered old bird, Tokyo storm warning, blue chair, and I hope you're happy now. Read morePublished on December 6, 2013 by luke w
Elvis Costello's second record of 1986 is a stark departure from the first, King of America. Blood & Chocolate is a rollicking and ferocious effort in the vain of his earlier... Read morePublished on August 20, 2013 by Lunar Boulevard
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