Elvis Costello has dubbed his upcoming album "North." Due Sept. 23 via Deutsche Grammophon, the album is comprised solely of ballads.

Elvis Costello has dubbed his upcoming album "North." Due Sept. 23 via Deutsche Grammophon, the album is comprised solely of ballads.

"The record begins with a song called 'You Left Me In the Dark' and ends with a track called 'I'm In the Mood Again,'" Costello explains in a statement. "You have to listen to what goes on in between to find out why."

As previously reported, the collection will feature instrumentation ranging from a solo piano to an enormous ensemble.

Along with frequent collaborator and Attractions/Imposters keyboardist Steve Nieve, "North" features drummer Peter Erskine and double-bassist Mike Formanek, as well as Costello's own piano work on the songs "Let Me Tell You About Her" and "I'm In the Mood Again."

Written over the final months of 2002 and recorded in New York in April and May, the album reunites Costello with the Brodksy Quartet. He last worked with the string ensemble on 1993's "Juliet Letters" (Warner Bros.). On "North," the group performs parts co-written by Nieve on the track "Still."

As previously reported, Costello and the Imposters begin a summer North American tour July 2 in Toronto. It comes in support of the group's 2002 Island album "When I Was Cruel," which debuted at No. 20 on The Billboard 200.