National Ransom

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National Ransom
Studio album by
Released25 October 2010 (non-US)
2 November 2010 (US)
GenreAlternative country, roots rock
LabelHear Music/Universal Records
ProducerT Bone Burnett
Elvis Costello chronology
Live at Hollywood High
National Ransom
Wise Up Ghost
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The A.V. ClubB+[2]
Boom Boom Pop!4/5 stars[3]
Consequence of Sound3.5/5 stars[4]
Mojo4/5 stars[5]
PopMatters8/10 stars[6]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[7]
Slant Magazine4/5 stars[8]
Spin7/10 stars[9]

National Ransom is the 2010 studio album by Elvis Costello. It was recorded in Nashville and Los Angeles with American songwriter and producer T Bone Burnett, and was released on 25 October 2010 (2 November in the US) on the Hear Music label.[10] The album was received positively, earning a score of 79/100 on the review aggregate website Metacritic.

Featured musicians include Costello's recent backing bands The Imposters and The Sugarcanes, while the album also includes guest appearances by Vince Gill, Marc Ribot, Buddy Miller and Leon Russell.

The cover art is by Maakies creator Tony Millionaire.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Elvis Costello, except where noted.

1."National Ransom" 4:05
2."Jimmie Standing in the Rain" 4:15
3."Stations of the Cross" 4:58
4."A Slow Drag with Josephine" 2:43
5."Five Small Words" 4:45
6."Church Underground" 5:02
7."You Hung the Moon" 3:55
8."Bullets for the New-Born King" 3:35
9."I Lost You"2:56
10."Dr. Watson, I Presume" 3:41
11."One Bell Ringing" 3:37
12."The Spell That You Cast" 2:32
13."That's Not the Part of Him You're Leaving" 4:43
14."My Lovely Jezebel"2:31
15."All These Strangers"
  • Costello
  • Burnett
16."A Voice in the Dark" 3:34
17."I Hope" (iTunes/Japan CD bonus track)3:33

National Ransack EP[edit]

Originally a digital download was given away with orders for the album. The EP was later released separately on 10-inch vinyl.

1."Poor Borrowed Dress"
  • Costello
  • Lauderdale
2."Condemned Man" 4:18
3."Big Boys Cry"Eddy Raven3:45
4."I Don't Want to Go Home" 3:00


  • Dennis Crouch - double bass
  • Davey Faragher - electric bass [Fender Precision]
  • Pete Thomas - drums
  • Marc Ribot - electric guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo
  • Buddy Miller - harmony vocals [vocal harmonies]
  • Jerry Douglas - lap steel guitar
  • Mike Compton - mandolin, harmony vocals
  • Vince Gill - harmony vocals
  • Jim Lauderdale - harmony vocals
  • Steve Nieve - organ [Vox Continental], organ [Hammond], Celesta [Celeste]
  • T Bone Burnett - piano [reverse piano], electric guitar [Gretsch Black Falcon]
  • Jeff Taylor - piano, accordion
  • Stuart Duncan - violin [electric], zither [Wald-Zither], viola [electric]
  • Dave Eggar - cello
  • Darrell Leonard - trumpet, flugelhorn
  • George Bohanon - trombone
  • Ira Nepus - trombone
  • Tom Peterson - baritone saxophone, bass clarinet
  • Maurice Spears - bass trombone
  • Andrew Duckles - viola
  • Matt Funes - viola
  • Caroline Campbell - violin
  • Lucia Micarelli - violin
    Neel Hammond - violin
  • Radu Pieptea - violin
  • Bruce Dukov - violin, concertmaster
  • Mike Piersante - shaker
  • Elvis Costello - acoustic guitar [Gibson L-00 (1947)], electric Guitar [Fender Telecaster (1952)], bass guitar [Ampeg AEB-1], piano [reverse piano], organ [Farfisa], lead vocals, harmony vocals, whistling


  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine (2010-11-02). "National Ransom - Elvis Costello | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-09.
  2. ^ Murray, Noel (2010-11-02). "Elvis Costello: National Ransom · Music Review · The A.V. Club". Retrieved 2014-05-09.
  3. ^ "Elvis Costello "National Ransom" Review". Boom Boom Pop!. 2010-11-05. Retrieved 2014-05-09.
  4. ^ Melis, Matt (2010-11-03). "Elvis Costello – National Ransom | Album Reviews". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2014-05-09.
  5. ^ Sutcliffe, Phil (November 2010). "A Changing Man: Elvis Costello National Ransom". Mojo. p. 103.
  6. ^ Tebo, Daniel. "Elvis Costello: National Ransom". PopMatters. Retrieved 2014-05-09.
  7. ^ Will Hermes (2010-11-01). "National Ransom | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014-05-09.
  8. ^ "Elvis Costello: National Ransom | Music Review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2014-05-09.
  9. ^ Wood, Mikael. "Elvis Costello, 'National Ransom' Review". Retrieved 2014-05-09.
  10. ^ "Elvis Costello and The Roots - Wise Up Ghost". Retrieved 2014-05-09.

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