Album Review: Elvis Presley Viva Elvis The Album

By Russell Baillie

Elvis Presley,  Viva Elvis The Album  cover. Photo / Supplied
Elvis Presley, Viva Elvis The Album cover. Photo / Supplied

Rating: 1/5

This is Viva Elvis The Album as opposed to Viva Elvis the Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil show, designed to do for The King what the extravaganza franchise's Love did for the Beatles. Except the resulting Fab album was listenable.

This, however, is just one of the greater indignities ever visited upon the Presley recording legacy; taking his voice and underscoring it with lotsa dumb stuff (turntable scratching, powerchords, screechy female "duet" partners) over a dozen songs in a cloth-eared effort to make Elvis all things to everybody. The musical equivalent of a deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich.


- NZ Herald

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