My 50 Favorite Albums

Elvis Costello is one of the greatest songwriters of our generation.

Jackson says his best are his early trio, My Aim is True, This Year’s Model, and Armed Forces.

As great as those three records are, they are not my favorite Elvis Costello record.

KingofamericaThat title belongs to my top 50 pick of this week, King of America.

This is the record where Elvis explored american music, much like the Rolling Stones did with Exile on Main Street.

And the result is equally great.

While the entire record is stellar, my particular favorites are Brilliant Mistake, Elvis’s cover of Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, Jack of All Parades, and the two amazing tracks at the end of the A side and the start of the B side (I own it on vinyl) – I’ll Wear It Proudly and America Without Tears.

If you don’t have this record and are an Elvis Costello fan, you should get it.