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Secret, Profane & Sugarcane

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May 27, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

Costello sounds downright frisky at times on this acoustic set, Secret, Profane & Sugarcane, which musically calls to mind 1986’s sublime, countryish King of America. (The two albums share ?producer T Bone Burnett.) ”Sulphur ? to Sugarcane” in particular is a lusty delight, pinpointing the notable (alleged) qualities of ladies from different locales (”The women in Poughkeepsie/Take their clothes off when they’re tipsy…”). Though Costello does indulge his Debbie Downer-like inclinations on ”My All Time Doll” and the beautiful, Loretta Lynn co-penned ”I Felt the Chill.” B+

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