Trust is Elvis Costello’s fourth album with the attractions. It may not live up to the present hype surrounding previous albums My Aim Is True and This Years’ Model, but it is certainly at least as good as Armed Forces if not an improvement from Get Happy. Here’s Why:
The previous Costello albums were built on big hits but a solid range of songs that overall conveyed his solid lyrical and thematic genius on occasion. However, Trust highlights Costello’s talent for taking the lyrics of a song and making them sound like an instrument. Case in point is “From a Whisper to a Scream.” Costello carries his voice literally from a whisper to a scream, and the song’s pitch and instruments follow accordingly. Other highlights include the nightlife adventure ballad “Clubland” which you can interpret as you will. Another personal favorite is “Different Finger”, which highlights Costello’s tendency to drift into songs which might as well be themes for modern western films, at least if they decided to bring back cheesy spaghetti westerns. Trust me.