Elvis Costello – “Songs About Love, Death And Dancing – Though Not Necessarily In That Order.”

When a songwriter like Elvis Costello takes as many risks, twists, and turns as he does — collaborating with Allen Toussaint and Tony Bennett; writing for Johnny Cash and teaming with Paul McCartney — there’s only one thing left to do: Expect the unexpected.

And then leave it to Costello to brainstorm something else entirely. Like recording with classical musos the Brodsky Quartet, for instance. Or, when the mood strikes him, heading to Nashville to make a country-rock record with Leon Russell and Buddy Miller, as he did on last year’s “National Ransom.’’  More…