500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Elvis Costello and the Attractions, 'Imperial Bedroom'
166/500

166. Elvis Costello and the Attractions, 'Imperial Bedroom'

Chess, 1982

Costello wanted his music to be as complex as his lyrics (which increasingly documented marital tension). So for his seventh album he and Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick experimented with an adult sonic palette (accordions, Mellotron, horns) that highlighted grown-up stress and sorrow.

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