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“My friend and brother, T Bone Burnett, produced Secret, Profane and Sugarcane. He and I also wrote two of the songs together.

“Sulphur To Sugarcane” takes its title from two Louisiana towns and is written in the voice of a charming but disreputable political campaigner. He is the kind of reprehensible fellow who glad-hands the women and gooses all the men.

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  • Audio CD (7 Feb 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Enhanced, Special Edition
  • Label: Mercury Records Ltd (London)
  • ASIN: B0007D08CA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,637 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Button My Lip
2. Country Darkness
3. There's A Story In Your Voice
4. Either Side Of The Same Town
5. Bedlam
6. The Delivery Man
7. Monkey To Man
8. Nothing Clings Like Ivy
9. The Name Of This Thing Is Not Love
10. Heart Shaped Bruise
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Monkey
2. Country Darkness
3. Needle Time
4. The Scarlet Tide
5. In Another Room
6. The Delivery Man
7. The Dark End Of The Street

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tiernan Henry on 17 Sep 2004
Format: Audio CD
If I want reliability I'll FedEx it.
The Delivery Man he may be, but this is a long overdue package: a much welcome, if not totally successful, return to form by Elvis Costello. He can write beautifully, but as with all of his stuff he just doesn't know when to stop writing more and more bloody words.
Still, backed by The Imposters (or the Almost Attractions - Steve Nieve, Davey Faragher and Pete Thomas) this is one of the best sounding and best played albums in a dog's age from the one-time Declan MacManus.
I don't mean that to be faint praise, because aside from one or two mis-steps, this is a darned fine band album. Recorded in Oxford, Mississippi, it has a great live feel to it (it really sounds like it is being played by a band playing together).
Better yet, there are some excellent guest vocal contributions from Lucinda Williams and, particularly, Emmylou Harris (the gorgeous "Heart Shaped Bruise" and the closing "Scarlet Tide").
It's great to have him back.
I'm not sure what the latest Mrs C will think of the dedication on the album: "This record is for my wife"; nice sentiment, but, eh, which wife? Sorry...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B Moraes VINE VOICE on 10 Oct 2005
Format: Audio CD
I'm starting to think that EC isn't a single person but a collective, how else to explain the sheer mountain of great music he has produced over the years. On this record he has resuscitated the splenetic energy from his initial albums and welded it on to a roaring free jazz, country, rock thing. Aided and ably abetted by the Imposters, Emmylou Harris and a distinctly narky Lucinda Williams this is one of Elvis' best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Sep 2004
Format: Audio CD
Easily the best thing Costello has done in a while. For those who like pigeonholes this is Elvis' two best works rolled into one -and about time too!! - King of America collides with Blood & Chocolate to produce a raucous yet melodious deep Southern party! Great duets - the one with Lucinda Williams has to be heard to be believed what an amazing voice Ms Williams has - well awesome. As for the title track....and every well played, well sung, well written & well produced song on this superlative collection. ELVIS IS KING!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Mowat on 17 Sep 2004
Format: Audio CD
Elvis costello has returned to form in a major way with this new album of songs recorded in the Southern States of the USA. It features vocal contributions from Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams and a whole clutch of new songs that are certain to be regarded as classics.
While a couple of songs, such as the opener "Button My Lip" and "Bedlam" fail to convince, there are many more songs like "Country Darkness", "Either Side of the Same Town" and "Monkey To Man" where the whole ensemble of the song, Elvis's voice and the performance of The Imposters really come together.
While the album has plenty of uptempo songs there are a couple of really mellow moments too, like "Nothing Clings Like Ivy" and "Heart Shaped Bruise", which have a bit of a country feel to them.
The album closes with a very simple arrangement of "The Scarlet Tide", which was originally performed by Alison Krauss for the Cold Mountain soundtrack and earned writers Elvis and T Bone Burnett an Oscar nomination. This time around it's a duet between Elvis and Emmylou Harris accompanied just by Elvis on Ukelele.
While last year's "North" was undoubtedly a downbeat classic, this is Elvis right back on track. If it was a couple of songs shorter it wouold have been unbeatable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John David Charles Hilton on 10 Oct 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Country tinged to varying degrees. A good, solid album from Elvis Costello and what amount to the Attractions with a new bass player. The guest vocals help lend some country colour.Needle Time is a particular favourite, as is Nothing Clings Like Ivy.

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I thought it would be worthwhile revisiting this review now that the novelty of the then new album has worn off.

I'd have to say that time has not been kind to this album, it's still sounds solid and professionally put together, but playing it today, it also sounds tired and a bit lazy. The country pastiche sounds formulaic and contrived. It certainly doesn't sound like a five star album anymore, more like a three star one. But I can't change the stars given then...

Truth is, none of the albums that Costello has released since When I Was Cruel impress me now. Too much muso and not enough passion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nigel Ray on 30 Sep 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I don't know why but I've never really "found" Costello....not until now. I've tried with other releases but never been more than inquisitive...until now. I bought this one on it's Americana sales blurb and lets face it...for Lucinda Williams. The songs are great and the storytelling is good too. Although it took a few listens to get to know the general layout of the musical map I'm slowly getting to really like it. For me the "slow starters" always end up being "the long distance winners". A really good CD. His voice is in brilliant form with a beautiful touch of "soul distorted nerve"...it melts like dark chocolate in the late summer sun. I might even buy the re-release of Blue now and go on from there. Anyway all you Costello freaks are gonna say "what took you so long" well I finally got there. Enjoy.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan James Romley on 4 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
Who cares if the idea of a retreat into "alt-country" seems like something of a cynical attempt to cash in on the success of retro-rockers like Ryan Adams, Bonnie Prince Billy, Lambchop and The White Stripes...? this is Costello delivering the goods, with a blistering semi-concept album about the murderous intent of a lustful delivery man and the women that fall under his spell. Of course, the central motif of the album goes beyond mere seduction and greed, as Costello also incorporates a fair amount of his trademark angst and bile, as he lays into current political problems post 9/11, the judicial system, social malaise and wanton heartbreak. The results are quite astounding, with Costello seemingly re-invigorated after the classical-jazz experiments found on 2003's underrated release North and last year's instrumental work, Ill Sogno, with the rock star finally looking back to the style of music that made him famous... creating a work of raw emotional resonance replete with muddy pub-rock production, noisy guitars and an over-all genius band performance from the Impostors.
As with his best work, like This Year's Model, Imperial Bedroom and Trust, you get a real sense that Costello and the band are having a great deal of fun creating this music and using the production to develop an atmosphere that complements - as opposed to overwhelming - the intent of the songs. It is true that some will find this wilful, haphazard approach to the recording a little off-putting, though I think others will appreciate the country feel that we get from these songs, as well as the welcome change of pace following the over-production and purposeful stylisation of many of Costello's more-recent records of the last decade.
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