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Get Happy by Elvis Costello
Released: Feb 1980
Label: Hip-O Records
A fantastic party record that matched tight-trousered new wave with various 1960s soul and rock styles, Get Happy! only pales when compared next to Elvis Costello's first three records. Top tunes like "I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down," "New Amsterdam," "The Imposter" and "Clown Time Is Over" sometimes speed by in a frantic rush but this reveals a fun, friendlier and less bitter Costello. This just missed the U.S. Top 10 but it sold almost as well as Armed Forces -- not bad when you consider that both albums were almost completely locked out of American radio.
Nick Dedina
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