Goodbye Cruel World

Goodbye Cruel World by Elvis Costello
Released: Jun 1984
Elvis Costello re-teamed with the increasingly slick production team of Langer & Winstanley and cut the first weak album of his career. That said, Goodbye Cruel World is only weak by Costello's standards so strong tracks still abound. The flashy pop single "The Only Flame In Town" (a duet with Daryl Hall), the political lament "Peace In Our Time" and the bilious "The Deportees Club" come off best, while well-written cuts such as "The Comedians" and "Worthless Thing" deserved a better setting.
Nick Dedina
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