Costello, Elvis / National Ransom
Album: National Ransom   Collection:General
Artist:Costello, Elvis   Added:Oct 2010
Label:Hear Music  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2010-11-28 Pull Date: 2011-01-30
Week Ending: Jan 30 Jan 23 Jan 16 Jan 9 Jan 2 Dec 26 Dec 19 Dec 12
Airplays: 2 2 1 1 3 2 4 3

Recent Airplay
1. Aug 24, 2023: down in the basement
Five Small Words
4. Jan 23, 2011: My Little Pony
Jimmie Standing In The Rain
2. Jan 05, 2023: Down in the Basement
Jimmie Standing In The Rain
5. Jan 22, 2011: VandenBeats
Stations Of The Cross
3. Jan 28, 2011: Time Traveler
Church Underground
6. Jan 20, 2011: Daydream Disaster
National Ransom

Album Review
Reviewed 2010-11-22
Why EC is a mainstay of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass – he’s a fan of honest country and western. He ranges here across a variety of styles from bluesy to country crooners to gypsy jazz to quiet acoustic moments, most of them pretty convincing, exhibits some humor, often bitter, and plays vintage guitars (noted by model and year in the liner notes). Literary story songs predominate. Call it the dark counterpart of Asylum Street Spankers. Lest you think this country thing is some lark (having heard only of EC’s punk or classical or what-have-you styles, note that EC’s fourth album back in the early 1980s was also a country album, Almost Blue, that, at the time, was treated as a one-off lark of some sort from the angry young man punk.

1. Noisy rocker decrying the riot of the (monetary) elites since 1929
2. Acoustic jazz story song of an unfortunate man
3. Slow ballad
4. Cute, with whistling outro
5. Catchy pop song with just a touch of twang
6. Story of CA showbiz disillusionment and resistance
7. Great torch song with EC in crooner mode; lyrical image – You hung the moon/ From a gallows in the sky/Choked out the light
8. Sad, slow, alluding to Central American revolutionary assassinations
9. Uptempo country rock
10. Midtempo more country than rock
11. Slow, stately
12. Barroom rock with 60s Vox organ embellishment
13. Honky-tonk cry-in-your-beer tune
14. Humorous upbeat blues rocker about the joys of Jezebel
15. Haunting ballad, with accordion, mandolin, and lap steel
16. Western swing

Track Listing
1. National Ransom   9. I Lost You
2. Jimmie Standing In The Rain   10. Dr. Watson, I Presume
3. Stations Of The Cross   11. One Bell Ringing
4. A Slow Drag With Josephine   12. The Spell That You Case
5. Five Small Words   13. That's Not The Part Of Him You're Leaving
6. Church Underground   14. My Lovely Jezebel
7. You Hung The Moon   15. All These Strangers
8. Bullets For The New-Born King   16. A Voice In The Dark