Picks and Pans Review: Elvis Costello

updated 06/15/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/15/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Secret, Profane & Sugarcane |

bgwhite bgwhite bgwhite  



ROOTS POP
It would be a mistake to think that Elvis Costello is hopping on the T Bone Burnett bandwagon by working with the producer who led Robert Plant and Alison Krauss to 2008's Album of the Year Grammy for Raising Sand. In fact, Costello and Burnett teamed on King of America and Spike, and they make a rootsy-good twosome here. Highlights include "Complicated Shadows," which Costello first wrote for Johnny Cash, and "The Crooked Line," with Emmylou Harris on harmony vocals.

DOWNLOAD THIS: "I Felt the Chill," a wistful, waltzy ballad co-written by Loretta Lynn

From Our Partners