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Title:
Punch the clock
Author:
Costello, Elvis.
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Publication Information:
[United States] : Rhino, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
2 audio discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 insert (27 pages)
General Note:
Compact disc.

Reissue of 1983-2003 recordings.

Historical/biographical information and lyrics included in insert.
Language:
English
Contents:
Let them all talk -- Everyday I write the book -- Greatest thing -- Element within her -- Love went mad -- Shipbuilding -- TKO (Boxing day) -- Charm school -- Invisible man -- Mouth almighty -- King of thieves -- Pills and soap -- World and his wife.

Bonus disc. Everyday I write the book : alternate version -- Baby pictures -- Heathen town -- Flirting kind -- Walking on thin ice -- Big sister's clothes/Stand down Margaret : BBC session -- Danger zone : BBC session -- Seconds of pleasure -- Town where time stood still -- World and his wife : solo version -- Shatterproof -- Heathen town : demo -- Flirting kind : demo -- Let them all talk : demo -- King of thieves : demo -- Invisible man : demo -- Element within her : demo -- Love went mad : demo -- Greatest thing : demo -- Mouth almighty : demo -- Charm school : demo -- Possession : live -- Secondary modern : live -- Bells : live -- Watch your step : live -- Back stabbers/King horse : live.
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UPC:
081227391027
Format :
Music CD

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Perhaps frustrated by the lack of commercial success Imperial Bedroom encountered, Elvis Costello enlisted British hitmakers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley to produce its follow-up, Punch the Clock. The difference between the two records is immediately noticeable. Punch the Clock has a slick, glossy surface, complete with layered synthesizers, horns, studio effects, and the backup vocals of Afrodiziak. The approach isn't necessarily a misguided one, since Costello is as much a pop musician as he is a singer/songwriter and many of the best moments on the record -- "Everyday I Write the Book," "Let Them All Talk" -- work well as shiny pop singles. However, the problem with Punch the Clock is that Costello is entering a fallow songwriting period; it is his least consistent set of original songs to date. The best moments, the antiwar ballad "Shipbuilding" and the eerie pseudo-rap "Pills and Soap," are as articulate and effective as any of his past work, but frequently Costello falls short of meeting his standards, particularly when he's trying to write a song in the style of his older songs. Nevertheless, the sheen of the Langer and Winstanley production makes Punch the Clock a pleasurable listen. Costello's uneven writing means that only portions of the album are memorable. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine