National Ransom

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National Ransom
Studio album by Elvis Costello
Released 25 October 2010 (non-US)
2 November 2010 (US)
Genre Alternative country, roots rock
Length 62:33
Label Hear Music/Universal Records
Producer T Bone Burnett
Elvis Costello chronology
Live at Hollywood High
National Ransom
Wise Up Ghost
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club B+[2]
Boom Boom Pop! 4/5 stars[3]
Consequence of Sound 3.5/5 stars[4]
Mojo 4/5 stars[5]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[6]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[7]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[8]
Spin 7/10 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]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "National Ransom" Elvis Costello 4:05
2. "Jimmie Standing in the Rain" Elvis Costello 4:15
3. "Stations of the Cross" Elvis Costello 4:58
4. "A Slow Drag With Josephine" Elvis Costello 2:43
5. "Five Small Words" Elvis Costello 4:45
6. "Church Underground" Elvis Costello 5:02
7. "You Hung The Moon" Elvis Costello 3:55
8. "Bullets for the New-Born King" Elvis Costello 3:35
9. "I Lost You" Elvis Costello, Jim Lauderdale 2:56
10. "Dr. Watson, I Presume" Elvis Costello 3:41
11. "One Bell Ringing" Elvis Costello 3:37
12. "The Spell That You Cast" Elvis Costello 2:32
13. "That's Not The Part of Him You're Leaving" Elvis Costello 4:43
14. "My Lovely Jezebel" Elvis Costello, T Bone Burnett, Leon Russell 2:31
15. "All These Strangers" Elvis Costello, T Bone Burnett 5:53
16. "A Voice in the Dark" Elvis Costello 3:34
17. "I Hope" (iTunes/Japan CD bonus track) Robert Charles Guidry, Stanley Lewis 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.


No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Poor Borrowed Dress" Elvis Costello, Jim Lauderdale 2:32
2. "Condemned Man" Elvis Costello 4:18
3. "Big Boys Cry" Eddy Raven 3:45
4. "I Don't Want To Go Home" Elvis Costello 3:00


  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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