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Elvis Costello returns to his 70’s and 80’s post-punk form with his latest effort, National Ransom. The album, which streamed for free on Stephen Colbert’s website last week, welcomes the listener with familiar themes. Featuring his signature organ riffs and guitar solos, the opening and title track jumps out as classic Costello while clearly referencing current times with the lyric, “Woe betide all this hocus-pocus.
They’re running us ragged at their first attempt, around the time the killing stopped on Wall St.”
Costello gets some help from producer T. Bone Burnett, who produced last year’s Secret, Profane & Sugarcane, and guest performers including Vince Gill, Leon Russell and all members of his last two bands, The Imposters and The Sugarcanes. “My Lovely Jezebel” is very much affected by Burnett’s Nashville Americana sound and features Russell on piano.
Costello’s voice isn’t quite what it once was, but he’s as sharp a songwriter as ever and he does just fine with this year’s album.
Check out the title track, "National Ransom":