National Ransom

National Ransom

by Elvis Costello
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CRatliff More than 1 year ago
Yes, it's another great album from Elvis Costello. And to a certain extent, that's a problem for Costello, because in some quarters, there is fatigue associated with an artist who writes TOO many good songs and records TOO many great albums. Here's the thing: almost every Costello record since the early 1980s has been hailed by SOMEBODY as a "return to form." The thing is, he's never really had a dry spell that everybody agreed on. While there is nearly unanimous praise for his first trio of albums in the late 70s, almost each record he's put out in the past three decades since has gotten a ton of people hailing it as a masterpiece (or a comeback), while a smattering of others have expressed disappointment or exasperation with yet another album in the always-expanding canon of Elvis Costello recordings. If Bob Dylan or Paul McCartney were to write and record an album of 16 songs as good as those featured on NATIONAL RANSOM, we'd be talking Album Of The Year, no question. But with Costello, the headline is: ANOTHER YEAR, ANOTHER GREAT ALBUM, followed by the complaint: "too many good songs" or even "too clever." Perhaps the solution would be for Costello to write some truly terrible songs and get the hackiest pop producer he can find to ruin them. Repeat that trick a few times and the stage would be set for an album like NATIONAL RANSOM to receive the kind of adoring reception it actually deserves. I have no doubt that people will stil be "discovering" this album twenty years from now. Many will wonder why it wasn't more beloved in 2010, by more listeners. Buy it today, and be there to tell them, "well, I was one of the lucky ones. I got there FIRST..."
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