Editors’ Notes Elvis Costello took the template of Secret, Profane & Sugarcane and ran with it on this 2010 follow-up, again grafting his English sensibility to Americana. On the thrilling title track, he tunefully sneers at the rich and powerful over a thumping beat and stinging electric guitar. When he turns down, Costello hits at heart level, whether getting frisky on the sweet, shuffling “A Slow Drag With Josephine” or deepening his voice and thickening the emotion on the breathtaking ballad “You Hung the Moon.”

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National Ransom
1
4:04
 
Jimmie Standing In the Rain
2
4:15
 
Stations of the Cross
3
4:58
 
A Slow Drag With Josephine
4
2:42
 
Five Small Words
5
4:44
 
Church Underground
6
5:01
 
You Hung the Moon
7
3:54
 
Bullets for the New-Born King
8
3:34
 
I Lost You
9
2:55
 
Dr. Watson, I Presume
10
3:40
 
One Bell Ringing
11
3:37
 
The Spell That You Cast
12
2:31
 
That's Not the Part of Him You're Leaving
13
4:42
 
My Lovely Jezebel
14
2:31
 
All These Strangers
15
5:53
 
A Voice In the Dark
16
3:33
 
I Hope
17
3:33