Wilk and Co. were also absorbing the then burgeoning American power pop/wave tradewinds. Furthermore, Wilk didn't quite possess Costello's pithy acumen, but I'll be damned if "Suspicion" and "Shadow-Box Love" didn't share that giant's uncanny vocal aplomb. The band's one and only record was reissued several years ago on CD for the first time, and appears to be out of print again. Here's Trouser Press' assessment of the situation.
Encountering the line between artistic influence and
stylistic plagiarism, Scott Wilk grabbed a copy of Elvis
Costello's Armed Forces and blithely pushed ahead.
Parts of his record are uncannily accurate impressions; the
cover design and group photo do nothing to reduce the
Costello/Attractions allusion. Funny thing, though —
the album is really good! If you can ignore its derivative
raison d'être, you'll find powerful, well-crafted
songs, impressive playing and production and an overriding
sense of cohesion. An unexpected but disconcerting
03. Victim of Circumstance
04. Danger Becomes Apparent
05. Man in the Mirror
06. Too Many Questions
07. Shorting Out
09. Instant This, Instant That
10. Familiarity Breeds Mutation
11. Shadow-Box Love
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