AOTY 2021

Hey Clockface

Elvis Costello - Hey Clockface
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2020 Ratings: #671 / 821
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Based on 47 ratings
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"Hey Cockface!"

"You kiss your mother with that mouth?"

Hmmm, this album is peculiar as its artwork. Except for "No Flag", "I Do (Zula's Song)", "Hey Clockface / How Can You Face Me?", and "Radio Is Everything", all very so-so tracks, the record is acceptably good. Unfortunately, it rarely is very good, just "Hetty O'Hara Confidential" and the closer "Byline" are up to Costello's potential. What I appreciate about 'Hey Clockface' is that it's probably one of Elvis' most varied records, ... read more
While his last LP, Look Now, was a glorious return to form after several genre-spanning records of trying some new things, we're back to the experimenting. It's great to hear artists Elvis's age with his iconic sound and prolific output continue to develop and defy our expectation of what they should sound like; it would be easy to phone it in and make a spiritual successor to the continuing continuity of Elvis's signature sounding body of work, but he's not one to go for the obvious, or ... read more
Even when he is hiding behind a clockface, it is always fascinating to talk with Elvis Costello about poetry and rock'n'roll with a glass of red wine in hand.
Elvis Costello - Hey Clockface

Genre: Pop Rock
Country: UK

Final Verdict: 63% (Good Album)
Yearly Ranking: 357th / 1037

Highlight: We Are All Cowards Now

Made me think of:
John Mayer
Paul Simon
Van Morrison
Paul Weller
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Track List

  1. Revolution #49
  2. No Flag
  3. They’re Not Laughing At Me Now
  4. Newspaper Pane
  5. I Do (Zula’s Song)
  6. We Are All Cowards Now
  7. Hey Clockface / How Can You Face Me?
  8. The Whirlwind
  9. Hetty O'Hara Confidential
  10. The Last Confession Of Vivian Whip
  11. What Is It That I Need That I Don’t Already Have?
  12. Radio Is Everything
  13. I Can’t Say Her Name
  14. Byline
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Added on: August 14, 2020