By Chuck Arnold Jessica Herndon Christina Tapper
June 15, 2009 12:00 PM

Secret, Profane & Sugarcane |


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.

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