So about a month ago I put on My Aim Is True for the first time in a while and listened to it all the way through, then again, and probably 4 or 5 times over several days. What a great, overlooked album. His best.
Then I moved on to This Year's Model and then Armed Forces. It had been so long since I'd listened to these closely and it was like discovering them anew. And each time I was into it I was certain that the album I was listening to at the time was his best.
But when I got to Get Happy!! I was totally blown away. I mean I bought this album the day it came out nearly 30 years ago but listening to it again lately I totally got into it. I was thinking, jesus, this album is so brilliant, why have I forgotten that? I must have listened to it ten times. Clearly his best.
Or so I thought til I moved on to Trust. I didn't really 'get' this album when it first came out and have pretty much ignored it since. I mean I liked the songs ("Clubland", "Watch Your Step", "From a Whisper to a Scream") but I don't think I ever appreciated the amazing bit that is "New Lace Sleeves" and so now I think Trust was in fact his best album.
After a few more listens I'm moving on to Imperial Bedroom and not sure if I'll follow him off the cliff with Punch the Clock or into the abyss with Goodbye Cruel World. The fall came steep and hard for Elvis. Or maybe I'll hear them differently this time?