National Ransom

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6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
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  1. Nov 6, 2010
    7
    Nice album from Elvis Costello, recorded in 11 days between L.A and Nashville with T Bone Burnett. Mostly of the songs have been played already on concerts (4 are new) , but for me still a "must have" this album. my favourite song is " five small words". It is hard to say, which genre the album goes, but like Elvis said to Music Critic 'National Ransom' Is Not a Bluegrass Record! enjoy.
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79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

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  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
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  1. Nov 17, 2010
    77
    It's a lot to take in, but his aim is true as always.
  2. Nov 11, 2010
    80
    You'd be hard pressed to find an album as varied as Elvis Costello's National Ransom (his 26th, give or take).
  3. Nov 9, 2010
    60
    Perhaps National Ransom is less a randomly selected almanac, and more a series of vignettes that could potentially have relevance to any particular time and space. Costello is, inventively, trying to make musical antiquarianism a radical pursuit.