Elvis Costello, Armed Forces

While I could easily replace this third album with either of Elvis Costello’s first two albums (My Aim Is True and This Year’s Model), Armed Forces carries the weight of an artist with something to say and the proclivity to say it. He doesn’t mince words in “Oliver’s Army” with the haunting soldier’s refrain, “And I would rather be anywhere else but here today.” He closes the cohesive thread of biting social commentary with Nick Lowe’s classic, “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding.”

Cue it up, boys:

“As I walk through
This wicked world
Searchin’ for light in the darkness of insanity…”

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