#315Albums is a list of 315 albums that appear on both the Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, as well as the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die book, edited by Robert Dimery. At its best, it is a representation of some of the greatest music ever released; at its worst, it is a journey through the history of music that the majority see as important, influential, and/or relevant. If nothing else, these albums are worth experiencing at least once to get a better understanding of music, which is why we are working to complete all #315Albums.

No. 013

“Costello’s second album, and his first with the Attractions, is his most ‘punk’ – not in any I-hate-the-cops sense but in his emotionally explosive writing and his backing band’s vicious gallop.”

Artist: Elvis Costello
Album: This Year’s Model
Released: 1978
Label: Columbia
Rolling Stones Ranking: 98

This was an unexpected album. Costello is a very familiar name, but I’ve spent no time with his music. I wouldn’t have called what is here punk, but it definitely felt different than anything I’ve really heard previously from this era of music. I would have guessed this was an album from the early ’90s as opposed to the late ’70s, and that makes it feel ahead of its time. Costello is clearly having a lot of fun with his second album, and that lets the listener have fun as well. Costello will appear on this journey three more times, but this is his highest rated album by Rolling Stone. Let’s see if I agree!

Cinefessions’ #315Albums Rating: 69%

Image and quote courtesy of Rolling Stone Magazine.