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500 Greatest Albums of All Time

168

Elvis Costello, 'My Aim Is True'


Elvis Costello, 'My Aim Is True'
168/500

Columbia, 1977

Costello obsessively listened to The Clash while recording his debut. And though the songs are more pub rock than punk, they're full of punk's verbal bite; the murder mystery "Watching the Detectives" and the poisoned-valentine ballad "Alison" established Costello as one of the sharpest and nastiest lyricists of his generation.


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