CD Review: Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes

Helmed by T-Bone Burnett, this rootsy experiment assembles a studio dream team—including Elvis Costello, Jim James, Zach Dawes, and Taylor Goldsmith, all of whom rotate on bass—to bring music to a sheaf of lost lyrics by Bob Dylan, sanctioned by the man himself.
By Bill Murphy ,

Helmed by T-Bone Burnett, this rootsy experiment assembles a studio dream team—including Elvis Costello, Jim James, Zach Dawes, and Taylor Goldsmith, all of whom rotate on bass—to bring music to a sheaf of lost lyrics by Bob Dylan, sanctioned by the man himself. Costello gets bouncy on “Nothing to It,” Goldsmith goes upright on the jugband-ish “Card Shark,” Dawes hits the pedal on “Kansas City,” and James lays out in languid splendor on the title track. That’s just a taste of the 20 cuts collected here.