40 Songs, 2 Hours 11 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Costello’s 1978 album marked his debut with The Attractions: the mercurial, New Wave–spiked rock band that lit his fuse. “I don’t wanna kiss you, I don’t wanna touch, I don’t wanna see you, ’cause I don’t miss you that much,” he sneers on the cutting opener “No Action,” while “Pump It Up” and “(I Don’t Want to Go To) Chelsea” work from the hips up, via loping bass, carnival organ, and crackling drums. Even the piano-fueled ballad “Little Triggers” drips with Costello’s wounded wordplay and buttoned-up rage.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Costello’s 1978 album marked his debut with The Attractions: the mercurial, New Wave–spiked rock band that lit his fuse. “I don’t wanna kiss you, I don’t wanna touch, I don’t wanna see you, ’cause I don’t miss you that much,” he sneers on the cutting opener “No Action,” while “Pump It Up” and “(I Don’t Want to Go To) Chelsea” work from the hips up, via loping bass, carnival organ, and crackling drums. Even the piano-fueled ballad “Little Triggers” drips with Costello’s wounded wordplay and buttoned-up rage.

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