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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 12.4 x 14.2 x 0.79 cm; 56.13 Grams
- Manufacturer : Universal Music Canada
- Item model number : 15039640
- Label : Universal Music Canada
- ASIN : B003ZDZ1XK
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #77,085 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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|1. National Ransom|
|2. Jimmie Standing In The Rain|
|3. Stations Of The Cross|
|4. A Slow Drag With Josephine|
|5. Five Small Words|
|6. Church Underground|
|7. You Hung The Moon|
|8. Bullets For The New-Born King|
|9. I Lost You|
|10. Dr. Watson, I Presume|
|11. One Bell Ringing|
|12. The Spell That You Cast|
|13. That's Not The Part Of Him You're Leaving|
|14. My Lovely Jezebel|
|15. All These Strangers|
|16. A Voice In The Dark|
2010 album from the veteran British singer/songwriter. National Ransom was recorded in a total of eleven days at Sound Emporium, Nashville and Village Recorders, Los Angeles and was produced by T Bone Burnett and engineered and mixed by Michael Piersante at Electromagetic, Los Angeles. All of these songs are newly composed by Costello with the exception of "I Lost You," co-written with Jim Lauderdale and "All These Strangers," for which Costello and T Bone Burnett collaborated on the lyrics. Costello and Burnett also provide the lyrics for "My Lovely Jezebel," a Leon Russell Rock 'n' Roll tune . All members of the Imposters and Sugarcanes appear on the album along with guests Vince Gill, Marc Ribot, Buddy Miller and Leon Russell.
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1. National Ransom
2. Jimmie Standing In The Rain
3. Stations of The Cross
4. A Slow Drag With Josephine
5. Five Small Words
6. Church Underground
7. You Hung The Moon
8. Bullets For The New-Born King
9. I Lost You
10. Dr. Watson, I Presume
11. One Bell Ringing
12. The Spell That You Cast
13. That's Not The Part Of Him You're Leaving
14. My Lovely Jezebel
15. All These Strangers
16. A Voice in The Dark
17. I Hope
The title track is a real throwback to the glory days of The Attractions - packed full of thumping drums, swirling, parping organ, a general frenetic beat and Costello hammering out the cards and lyrics. The mood goes all 1930s jazzy with the stand up bass lament "Jimmie Standing In The Rain", one of those evocative numbers Costello does so well. "Stations Of The Cross" is a muscular, slow and dignified rock ballad, with solid bass and drums and an impassioned vocal. "A Slow Drag With Josephine" sees Costello go back to the 1920s with a number that is almost a parlour song in its vocal style. Musically, it is given some modern enhancements, with a full, rumbling bass as well as some traditional banjo and jaunty whistling.
"Five Small Words" is a pounding return to bluesy rock. There certainly wasn't anything like this on the previous album. It raises the tempo and feel of the album, something the last album failed to do. There is a catchy Cajun influence underpinning this track. Similarly, the strong, powerful "Church Underground" would not have found a place on the last album. "You Hung The Moon" is back to the 1940s with a slow torch-style song. "Bullets For The New-Born King" is another slow, reflective ballad, this time in an acoustic folk style. "I Lost You" is a catchy, mid-paced country rocker, again showing that there are lots of changes of pace and style here.
"Dr. Watson, I Presume" is a Celtic-influenced folk number with touches of Americana country rock. "One Bell Ringing" is an atmospheric, Paul Weller-influenced slow song, with some delicious deep clarinet on it at one point. "The Spell You Cast" is back to Attractions-style rock, with that "Radio, Radio" organ sound. "That's Not The Part Of Him You're Leaving" is a slow country lament. "My Lovely Jezebel" is a lively, bassy and bluesy rocker, a bit like the material on 2004's "The Delivery Man". "All These Strangers" returns to the slow, mournful ballad style. The closer, "A Voice In The Dark" is a beautiful piece of 1920s-style jazz that would have sat nicely on Bryan Ferry's "As Time Goes By". It is a delightful piece of melodic, catchy fun to end what is an innovative and adventurous album.
Elvis Costello is a bit of an acquired taste, particularly his later work, I guess you have to like him in the first place. If you do and you are prepared to travel with him through different styles you will like it. If you prefer the old new wave days, then there are plenty of complications that will suit better.
For me National Ransom has some beautiful moments alongside some great pop and rock music. There's ballads here to but it's the tracks like Stations of the Cross that are the standout tracks for me. Dr Watson I Presume, Bullets For The New Born King and Church Underground run Stations close. I return to these songs time after time. There are of course other great moments such as the title track, Jimmy Standing in the rain, A Slow Drag with Josephine and A Voice In The Dark, which make the album another welcome addition to any collection.