40 Years Ago

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Re: 40 Years Ago

Postby sweetest punch » Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:40 pm

https://www.slantmagazine.com/music/the ... s-of-1980/

The 10 Best Albums of 1980
We take a look back on the music that defined one of the most definable of decades.

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7. Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Get Happy!!
In the saga of the punk-rock upstart who shocked critics by going all Lennon-McCartney on their asses, the blue-eyed soul of Elvis Costello’s Get Happy!! is typically considered a genre detour, more like 1981’s country-themed Almost Blue than the classic pop triumvirate of Armed Forces, Trust, and Imperial Bedroom. But you need only compare it to Young Americans, Bowie’s misguided stab at R&B from five years earlier, to see how sincerely Costello inhabits the style’s past and present. Costello may have set out to show how much he knew about soul, but what he actually proved was how much he loves it.
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Re: 40 Years Ago

Postby docinwestchester » Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:40 am

Is Young Americans really misguided? I respectfully disagree.

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Re: 40 Years Ago

Postby chickendinna » Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:00 am

While I wouldn't call it Bowie's best work or even upper tier Bowie, I certainly wouldn't call it misguided either.

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Re: 40 Years Ago

Postby docinwestchester » Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:21 pm

chickendinna wrote:While I wouldn't call it Bowie's best work or even upper tier Bowie, I certainly wouldn't call it misguided either.


I think it's underrated, but most Bowie fans vehemently dislike it.
Same for Pin Ups, which I enjoy.

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Re: 40 Years Ago

Postby emotional_fascism076 » Thu Feb 27, 2020 2:09 am

Not a bad album at all. Like a space funk style. Win is superb. Pin Ups is also a fun listen too.
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Re: 40 Years Ago

Postby chickendinna » Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:09 am

docinwestchester wrote:
chickendinna wrote:While I wouldn't call it Bowie's best work or even upper tier Bowie, I certainly wouldn't call it misguided either.


I think it's underrated, but most Bowie fans vehemently dislike it.
Same for Pin Ups, which I enjoy.


Pin Ups is wonderful. Ziggy and the Spiders do the hits of Swinging England. What's not to like?

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Re: 40 Years Ago

Postby sweetest punch » Fri Mar 20, 2020 3:38 pm

https://www.spin.com/2020/03/difficult- ... pearl-jam/

Difficult Fourth Albums: The Mid-Career Hurdle That Challenged Smashing Pumpkins, Wilco and Pearl Jam
The fourth album was an important turning point for Bruce Springsteen, Radiohead and Kanye West

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Elvis Costello – Get Happy!! (1980)

Elvis Costello’s steady commercial ascent over the course of his first three albums was interrupted, at least temporarily, by an April 1979 incident where the arrogant young singer-songwriter slurred black musicians in an argument with Stephen Stills. And that controversy hung ominously over Costello’s next album, though he’d already decided to make it a loving homage to classic soul records from Stax and Motown before it acquired an unpleasant new subtext. The lead single for Get Happy!! was a cover of “I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down,” an old Sam & Dave side for Stax, but even originals like “Love For Tender” and “Possession” were arranged in the style of ‘60s soul stompers. Where the most difficult fourth albums are downtempo and experimental, Get Happy!! is fast, frenetic, and affectionately retro, with 20 short songs stuffed into the album at a breakneck pace. While it didn’t perform as well as the trio of albums that kicked off Costello’s career, Get Happy!! has taken its place among his most admired records, while the single “High Fidelity” inspired the name of the Nick Hornby novel (and its subsequent film and television adaptations).

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