The name always swayed around invisibly like an elephant in the room. It was always there. It was always a part of the rock n’ roll history, and a part of people’s lives and hearts. However, until recently, I have never paid close attention to this legendary singer, song-writer and record producer – Elvis Costello, but I wish I did. His astounding career was born during the peak decade of rock and punk – the 70s. The whole atmosphere of London at that time can definitely be heard and felt in the melodies as well as some notes and rhythms that remind us of the 60s.
The ‘My Aim Is True’ album is made up of 13 individually unique and intelligent songs. Costello explores his sensitive side in most of those songs, he doesn’t hesitate to bend the rules of typical punks of the day, instead of painting an image of himself as not giving a fuck, he wrote songs and poured his thoughts and feelings into the lyrics and rhythms. He took a depressing topic and created something that people can dance to – or rather head bump to, because we all know punks were too cool to dance.
The album kicks off with ‘Welcome To The Working Week’. Costello’s quirky personality radiates already from the first line of the lyrics, and is followed by upbeat rhythm. But it’s also combined with the struggles he has to face. It’s the perfect introduction between Costello and his first listeners in 1977.
Continuing the legendary sound of the antecedent Elvis everyone adored, Costello creates a replica with ‘Mystery Dance’. This song snatches and dashes all its listeners to their feet, and onto the dance floor.
Costello pours his heart out in ‘Alison’, one of the most successful songs and Costello’s grand statement. A confusing mixture of love and bitterness can be heard in this song, as well as a repetition of the name of this album in the lyrics “my aim is true”, suggesting that the aim for the album could’ve been for an ex-lover.
In ‘Waiting For The End Of The World’ he connects to normal people, to the struggles and terrors of ordinary life. He expresses his anger and frustration with guitars echo in the background. No matter what year a person is listening to this song, the negative and pessimistic side can relate, and understand the song with a whole luggage of bad experiences.