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National Ransom

25 Oct 2010 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Label: Universal Music Group International
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 Elvis Costello. Under exclusive license to StarCon LLC d/b/a Hear MusicTM
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  • Total Length: 1:02:34
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  • ASIN: B0045PK8KS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,480 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By robotfish TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Oct 2010
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Fantastic. 16 new Elvis Costello songs, Christmas has come early! For those coming to this CD from a recent "Later...with Jools Holland" appearance will probably want to know if all the songs on here are accoustic guitar based. Well, err...no. But are they all of the same high quality? Undoubtedly yes.
Elvis has been prolific the past three years. Momofuku was an excellent rock album - followed by a subdued and meandering record last year entitled Secrets Profane & Sugarcane. This new album has much in common with the last but the quality control is much higher. The production is a little less stifling than the last album and the slower songs are given much more room to breathe. And those songs - I'd say some of his very best pepper this album. Jimmie Standing In The Rain, Slow Drag With Josephine, Church Underground, Dr Watson I Presume, Bullets For The New Born King, You Hung The Moon - these are all magnificent songs demanding repeated playing. Some of the more up-tempo songs don't have quite the magic, or is it that they don't suit the personnel? Perhaps they should be saved for Imposters recordings in future (if we get any more of those).
Anyway this is a marvellous CD so lets give a big welcome back to one of the most talented men in rock music. Now how about a proper tour?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sandie's husband on 29 Nov 2010
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Before reviewing this new collection of songs I checked back over my collection to see if Elvis had ever previously produced such a variety of musical genres, but I don't think even "Spike" or "All this Useless Beauty" come close. There are echoes of "North" in "You Hung the Moon", a few high-quality country-flavoured tunes and some strong melodies and interesting chord structures in "Jimmie Standing in the Rain", the delightful "Slow Drag with Josephine" and "Church Underground". There are also 3 or 4 subtle and understated songs which grow in stature with repeated playing.
The production is excellent, the guitar playing is good and the use of double-bass works so well that I don't find myself harking back to the days of Bruce Thomas. The lyrics as ever are brilliant and 15 out of 16 tracks are excellent.
Thoroughly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Hurley on 27 Jan 2011
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After a couple of fairly average albums, and a flirtation with all things Americana, I wasn't overly optimistic that I would like this album.

Wow, how wrong I was.

This is a stunning piece of work - without doubt it sits right alongside Elvis's best. There is not one duff track & Elvis's voice sounds wonderful throughout. I hesitate to pick out a single track but the closer - "A Voice In The Dark" is as near perfect as you can get. A+ Elvis. Elvis hasn't left the building - he OWNS the building!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dan Mollett on 12 Mar 2011
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For those of us who are long-term Costello fans, this is a real return to form. I make it his best record since Painted From Memory (although I was in the minority who liked 'North'). Every Elvis album has some good songs on it, but this is full of them. Jimmy Standing In the Rain', and 'All These Strangers' are up with the finest things he has ever written, and that is really saying somethig. Brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David P. Weber on 28 Oct 2010
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I've been following and listening to Elvis since I was a kid, and started buying his music as soon as I could afford it. This has meant some ups and downs commercially, and-- in my humble opinion-- creatively.

On the first hearing, this sounded like yet another very good Costello album, the likes of which he regularly released in the 2000s, where each one as a step up from the one previous.

But what stood out with this LP was the way in which the journey changed as I was listening. About four songs in, it became evident that this disc had greater variety, and more subtle sonic adventure than immediate previous releases. I'm looking forward to discovering more in this album.

You know what? 'Ransom' may be the perfect cap to what has been his most CONSISTENTLY REWARDING decade of music-- the 2000s!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Oct 2010
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Elvis's new album keeps T-Bone Burnett as producer and as well as the musicians from "Secret, Profane & Sugarcane" brings back his normal backing band the Imposters and a few extra guests including Vince Gill, guitarists Marc Ribot and the ubiquitous Buddy Miller and also Leon Russell. The first track seems to set out the stall for the whole album - a combination of the 'Americana Elvis' of 'King of America' etc and 'punk Elvis' from the Attractions era, with Marc Ribot adding his customary wierd guitar flourishes to Steve Nieve's keyboards. Burnett's production is excellent, with the many and various instruments used throughout the album sounding great but with Costello's vocals very much to the fore.

There is lots of variety here from the delicate ragtime "A Slow Drag With Josephine" with its complicated wordplay - to the awkward squad prickly rock of "The Spell That You Cast" - to the country ballad "Dr Watson, I Presume" with lovely dobro from Jerry Douglas. In fact nearly every track is a different style, which highlights a slightly different combination of musicians and I find it very hard to believe that the 16 tracks were all recorded in only 11 days!

I think this will turn out to be one of Elvis's key recordings, that balances a pretty country waltz like "That's Not The Part Of Him You're Leaving" with more political songs like "One Bell Ringing" - a bitter musing on the tragic murder of Jean Charles de Menezes. There are also contrasts between the music and the lyrics of some tracks, the sparse finger-picking of the folky "Bullets For The New-Born King" has a dark message and the lush sounds of "You Hung The Moon" hide a tragic tale of the dead from the First World War.
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