Editors’ Notes Elvis Costello was quickly developing into one of rock’s best songwriters when his second album dropped in 1978. This taut mix of accelerating melodies and wry, narrative-driven lyrics is supported by a punchy musical foundation from his then-new backing trio The Attractions. Droll themes veer from neo-Nazi stupidity (“Night Rally”) to romantic ennui (“No Action”) to condemnations of commercialized airwaves (“Radio Radio”), and the soulfully tender “Little Triggers” defines heartbreak like Burt Bacharach. Pub-rock legend Nick Lowe provides just enough production polish to slightly smooth jagged punk edges.

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No Action
1
2:01
 
This Year's Girl
2
3:23
 
The Beat
3
3:48
 
Pump It Up
4
3:18
 
Little Triggers
5
2:43
 
You Belong To Me
6
2:25
 
Hand In Hand
7
2:38
 
(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea
8
3:09
 
Lip Service
9
2:39
 
Living In Paradise
10
3:47
 
Lipstick Vogue
11
3:34
 
Night Rally
12
2:45
 
Radio, Radio
13
3:06
 

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