Skip to content

Imperial Bedroom – Elvis Costello and the Attractions

Imperial Bedroom

1982, 10/10
After recording five albums of original songs with Nick Lowe as producer, Elvis Costello elected to work with Geoff Emerick for 1982’s Imperial Bedroom. Emerick had previously worked with The Beatles, and Imperial Bedroom recalls the layered pop craft of The Beatles’ later 1960s albums. Steve Nieve is also an important architect of the album’s Sound, notably his over the top orchestral arrangement on ‘…And In Every Home’. Costello tried a lot of different musical approaches over the first decade of his career, but this is my favourite fit for him. The detailed approach fits his sophisticated writing, but it’s organic enough not to overwhelm the emotional undertow in his voice.

But Imperial Bedroom also boasts my favourite set of Costello songs – the great production and arrangements do elevate some of the minor material to greatness, but there are plenty of great songs here as well. Opener ‘Beyond Belief’ is verbose and urgent, while ‘A Long Honeymoon’ saunters with its accordion accompaniment. ‘You Little Fool’ uses a harpsichord, while ‘Man Out Of Time’ is the obvious centrepiece with its dramatic introduction, and it feels like a sequel to ‘You’ll Never Be A Man’ from Trust. ‘Pidgin English’ is perhaps a minor song, but the “neurotic erotica” line is one of the album’s most memorable moments.

Imperial Bedroom is Elvis Costello’s finest moment, where his literate, complex songs were given the most befitting treatment.

5 thoughts on “Imperial Bedroom – Elvis Costello and the Attractions Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Video Games Nebula

Out of This World

movies and songs 365

Recommendations of films and music. Plus other random stuff

What's So Special About Music Anyways?

Witty opinions about great music

thecuriousastronomer

Life, the Universe, and everything

The Telltale Mind

Thoughts on Movies, Music, Comics and stuff.

Thirty Three And A Third

Vinyl Records stole my heart

Sounds Of The Radio

Counting Down My Top 1000 Songs

Stuff and That.

We do reviews, ya dig?

Progarchy

Pointing toward Proghalla

Discobar Bizar

Welkom op de blog van Discobar Bizar. Druk gerust wat op de andere knoppen ook, of lees het aangrijpende verhaal van Hurricane Willem nu je hier bent. Welcome to the blog of Discobar Bizar, feel free to push some of the other buttons, or to read the gripping story of Hurricane Willem whilst you are here!

%d bloggers like this: