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Secret, Profane & Sugarcane
Studio album by Elvis Costello
Released June 9, 2009
Genre Pop rock
Postmodern music
Country rock
Label Hear Music/Universal Records
Producer T-Bone Burnett
Professional reviews
Elvis Costello chronology
Momofuku Secret, Profane & Sugarcane
(2009)

Secret, Profane & Sugarcane is the 2009 studio album by Elvis Costello. It was recorded in Nashville with American songwriter and producer T Bone Burnett, and released on June 9th 2009 on the Hear Music label. [1] The album features bluegrass, Americana and country music along with Costello's familiar garrulous lyrics. [2]

Secret, Profane & Sugarcane entered the UK album charts at number 71 [3], where it spent one week before dropping out of the top 100.

Contents

Background

In the albums before Secret, Profane & Sugarcane, Costello had experimented with various styles of music including jazz, classical and others. [4] For this album, Costello returned to an acoustic band set-up for the first time since 1986's King of America album. [5] Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee in three days, Costello's 29th studio album [6] was released on Starbucks Hear Music label to generally good critical acclaim.

Critical response

Critics looked upon Secret, Profane & Sugarcane in a generally very favourable way with some exceptions. Reviewing for Rolling Stone magazine, Jody Rosen said that Costello was "in one of his comfort zones" and had made a "tight, uncluttered" album.[7]. Bud Scoppa, reviewing the album for Uncut, gave it a four-star rating, saying it was a "rootsy beauty" and "...his most engaging album in a very long time". In a more dismissive review, Pitchfork gave the album a 3.8 out of 10, and called the album "yet another entry in Costello's string of gestural albums" [8].

Tracklisting

All tracks written and composed by Elvis Costello, except where noted.[9]

  1. "Down Among the Wines and Spirits" – 3:11
  2. "Complicated Shadows" – 2:53
  3. "I Felt the Chill" (Costello, Loretta Lynn) – 3:59
  4. "My All Time Doll" – 4:09
  5. "Hidden Shame" – 4:14
  6. "She Handed Me a Mirror" –4:04
  7. "I Dreamed of My Old Lover" – 2:35
  8. "How Deep Is the Red" – 3:47
  9. "She Was No Good" – 3:47
  10. "Sulphur to Sugarcane (T Bone Burnett, Costello) – 5:59
  11. "Red Cotton" – 5:43
  12. "The Crooked Line" (Burnett, Costello) – 3:49
  13. "Changing Partners" (Lawrence Coleman, Joseph Darion) – 2:40

Personnel

The following people contributed to Secret, Profane & Sugarcane:.[10]

Chart performance

Chart Highest Position
UK album chart 71[11]
Billboard Top 200 13[12]
Belgian Album Chart 39[13]
Sweden Album Chart 45[14]
Spanish Album Chart 90[15]

References

  1. ^ "Secret, Profane & Sugarcane Review". The Daily Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturecritics/andrewperry/5393432/Elvis-Costello-Secret-Profane-and-Sugarcane-CD-review.html. Retrieved 15th August 2009.  
  2. ^ "Secret, Profane & Sugarcane Review". Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/album/28380370/review/28565376/secret_profane__sugarcane. Retrieved 15th August 2009.  
  3. ^ "Chart Stats: Secret, Profane & Sugarcane". ChartStats. http://www.chartstats.com/albuminfo.php?id=14015. Retrieved 15th August 2009.  
  4. ^ "Pitchfork Album Reviews:Elvis Costello, Secret, Profane & Sugarcane". Pitchfork. http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/13079-secret-profane-and-sugarcane/. Retrieved 15th August 2009.  
  5. ^ "Music review: Elvis Costello". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/12/arts/music/12elvis.html. Retrieved 15th August 2009.  
  6. ^ "Elvis Costello: Secret, Profane & Sugarcane". Paste Magazine. http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2009/06/elvis-costello-secret-profane-and-sugarcane.html. Retrieved 15th August 2009.  
  7. ^ "Secret, Profane & Sugarcane Review". Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/album/28380370/review/28565376/secret_profane__sugarcane. Retrieved 15th August 2009.  
  8. ^ http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/13079-secret-profane-and-sugarcane/
  9. ^ "Secret, Profane & Sugarcane Review". Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:gjftxzykldte. Retrieved 15th August 2009.  
  10. ^ "Secret, Profane & Sugarcane Credits". Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:gjftxzykldte~T2. Retrieved 15th August 2009.  
  11. ^ "Chart Stats: Secret, Profane & Sugarcane". ChartStats. http://www.chartstats.com/albuminfo.php?id=14015. Retrieved 15th August 2009.  
  12. ^ "Billboard Chart: Secret, Profane & Sugarcane". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/charts#/album/elvis-costello/secret-profane-sugarcane/1218454. Retrieved 15th August 2009.  
  13. ^ "ELVIS COSTELLO - SECRET, PROFANE & SUGARCANE (ALBUM)". Australian-charts.com. http://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Elvis+Costello&titel=Secret%2C+Profane+%26+Sugarcane&cat=a. Retrieved 15th August 2009.  
  14. ^ "ELVIS COSTELLO - SECRET, PROFANE & SUGARCANE (ALBUM)". Australian-charts.com. http://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Elvis+Costello&titel=Secret%2C+Profane+%26+Sugarcane&cat=a. Retrieved 15th August 2009.  
  15. ^ "ELVIS COSTELLO - SECRET, PROFANE & SUGARCANE (ALBUM)". Australian-charts.com. http://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Elvis+Costello&titel=Secret%2C+Profane+%26+Sugarcane&cat=a. Retrieved 15th August 2009.  

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