A song which hinges entirely on its formal cuteness – pert pluckings for the ‘angel’ sections, breakneck rock’n’roll for the ‘devil’ bits. Compared to the cruder thump of the Mersey sound even the speedy bits are still a little restrained but essentially the conceit works and “Devil In Disguise” ends up one of Elvis’ more successful 60s hits. Slow/fast breakdowns in a pop song are a low, manipulative trick – but hardly ever an ineffective one. Good handclaps, too.

Score: 6

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