Published Aug 12, 2010Back in the spring, we learned that legendary songwriter Elvis Costello had a new studio album on the way, which at the time was called American Ransom. Now, the LP, which is due out on October 5, has been given the new, only slightly different title of National Ransom.
ElvisCostello.info posted the album's cover art, which is above. As you can see, it shows a wolf in formal attire carrying a briefcase full of money. We're not entirely sure what it means, but we're going to go out on a limb and say it's political.
There's no firm tracklist yet, but Costello has debuted a number of live songs in concert, which may appear on the LP. You can read a list of possible album tracks here.
As previously reported, the record was recorded by folk super-producer T-Bone Burnett, who has worked with Costello on three previous albums, including 2009's Secret, Profane & Sugarcane. It was recorded in Nashville and features backing bands the Imposters and the Sugarcanes. It will come out via Starbucks' Hear Music label.
In a recent interview with Herald Scotland, Costello said, "The ensemble ranges from two players to nine pieces and while some songs are very intimate and quiet, others are not."
Expect firm information about the tracklist and single to be announced soon.
Thanks to Consequence of Sound for the heads-up.