Elvis Costello’s fifth album came out the same year as Trust — 1981 — and it must have thrown fans for a real loop. Almost Blue is a 32-minute record made up of 12 covers of classic country and western songs.
I wish I’d been an Elvis Costello fan at the time, because it must have been something to hear the man’s first four albums — packed with brainy wordplay and furious modern musicality — and then find out that his follow-up was something this square.
But the truth is that Costello was (and remains) a huge fan of American country music. This just happened to be the first time he explored that interest in the studio.
I have an unwritten rule for this blog that Beyoncé should make an appearance every couple of months or so. Today’s post marks the fifth appearance this year by Ms. Knowles, which frankly seems a little low.
My mission is complicated by the fact that I don’t actually own any of Beyoncé’s albums and I’m not a big fan of most of her songs. And I’m not looking to embarrass myself (any more than I already have) by gushing about her appeal in areas unrelated to music.
20 Best Songs of the 80s – #5
Unlike many of the bands on this list, I’ve never felt the need to better know the Eurythmics. Their brand of avant garde techno music is not my cup of tea, and I’m quite happy to know them only through their singles.
Now Annie Lennox as a solo artist is another story. Her covers album Medusa is a real treasure. The woman has a set of pipes, and an other-worldy timbre to her voice that fits her androgy-alien looks to a T. If they ever make a movie of her life, the smart money is on Tilda Swinton in the lead.