Trust (Elvis Costello and the Attractions)
1 x LP
2015 EU reissue on 180g LP+download-1981 Album Mixes R&B Rhythms and New-Wave Melodies: Includes "Clubland," "Watch Your Step," and "Strict Time". Trust Is Most Eclectic and Ambitious Record of Elvis Costello's Career: "[His] Summit as a Sing...
Release date: 03-12-2015 (originally released in 1981)
2015 EU reissue on 180g LP+download-1981 Album Mixes R&B Rhythms and New-Wave Melodies: Includes "Clubland," "Watch Your Step," and "Strict Time". Trust Is Most Eclectic and Ambitious Record of Elvis Costello's Career: "[His] Summit as a Singer, Songwriter, and Miserable-Irish-Bastard Pin-Up Boy" Says Rolling Stone
A2 Lovers Walk
A3 You'll Never Be A Man
A4 Pretty Words
A5 Strict Time
A7 Watch Your Step
B1 New Lace Sleeves
B2 From A Whisper To A Scream
B3 Different Finger
B4 White Knuckles
B5 Shot With His Own Gun
B6 Fish 'N' Chip Paper
B7 Big Sister's Clothes
The album cover to Trust speaks volumes: Elvis Costello, bathed in shadows, his eyes nervously peering out from behind his sunglasses, his face conveying a combination of edgy noir purpose and guilt-ridden anxiety. Indeed, the tension-rich songs within largely convey the opposite meanings of the record's title, with the British icon musing on what lies beyond arrogant youth and immediate success with a jaundiced, scarred perspective informed by his country's political climate and his own experiences.
Whether the full, rounded tones of Bruce Thomas' bass or complete extension and decay of Steve Nieve's organ, every instrumental accent is delivered with lifelike detail and superb balance. Melodicas, drums, pianos, and guitars similarly come across faithfully and richly, the blend freed of constricting sonic veils and dynamic compression. Heard anew on this pressing, Trust emerges as one of the most satisfyingly complex and expertly played albums of its era. Costello's singing, too, reveals intricate tonal shadings and implied meanings, with slower tracks such as the hypnotic "Watch Your Step" and Tin Pan Alley-inspired solo tour de force "Shot With His Own Gun" ravishing with enhanced emotional investment.
As is often the case with great (and sophisticated) albums, Trust – which retains a five-star review from the most recent Rolling Stone Album Guide – didn't spawn any Top 40 hits at the time of its release. Yet age has been more than kind to the effort Costello said aimed to cross the rhythms of Get Happy!! with the melodies of Armed Forces, and which more than achieves the exacting goal. Admittedly made in a haze of booze and pills, the 1981 affair plumbs issues of disillusionment, romance, and sin with barbed wit and unvarnished honesty.
Country, soul, pop, rockabilly, two-step, punk-shot-through rock, jazz – Costello and the Attractions explore and master it all on Trust, all the while performing with an unencumbered directness and on-point coherence. No better example of the singer's simultaneous stylistic reach and virtuosity exists. Experience it like never before on this phenomenal-sounding pressing.
Originally released: 1981
This release: 2015