Johannesburg Mail & Guardian, October 13, 2009

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Johannesburg Mail & Guardian
  • 2009 October 13


Secret, Profane and Sugarcane

Elvis Costello

Lloyd Gedye

Although 2008’s Momofuku was a brash, rowdy affair, 2009 sees Elvis Costello return with the exact opposite, a laid-back American roots record, which is more acoustic country gem than rock 'n' roll clatter. But there is one key secret weapon Costello has employed on his new record—the name that fills the producer spot. T-Bone Burnett takes the helm for Secret, Profane and Sugarcane and the last time he joined Costello in the studio for 1989's Spike they produced some of Costello’s finest material.

Fresh from his 2008 Grammy win for the production of the Robert Plant and Alison Krauss collaboration, Raising Sand, Burnett is back and he has helped Costello and his band of session musicians to create a stone-cold classic. Secret, Profane and Sugarcane offers some of Costello’s finest songs in years and the beautiful arrangements of acoustic guitar, violin, mandolin, dobro, accordion and double bass are magnificent. As if that wasn’t enough, country chanteuse Emmylou Harris pops up on backing vocals. If you have a thing for country and bluegrass music and in your life you have fallen in love with a Costello album, this will be one of the best records you will hear this year.


Mail & Guardian, October 13, 2009

Lloyd Gedye reviews Secret, Profane & Sugarcane.


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