Part of the original British new wave movement, Elvis Costello is a renowned singer/songwriter and guitarist from London. After achieving moderate success in London's pub rock scene in the early 1970s, Costello shifted into the punk and new wave scene with his 1977 debut album, My Aim Is True. As his sound continued to develop with elements of soul, country, classical and pop music, Costello eventually found his signature style that would go on to make him one of the more recognizable acts to emerge out of England in the 1980s. From his 1979 album Armed Forces, to 2002's When I Was Cruel, Costello has been praised for his sharp songwriting skills and lyrically complex music that has been dubbed "encyclopedia pop."
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