Elvis Costello &
The Roots – Wise
Up Ghost (out: 9/17)
The Skinny: When the news of this collaboration broke it sounded like a bad
internet prank. After our initial bit of head-scratching it all started to come together.
Here’s why it makes sense: Costello has been a chameleon throughout his career. This is an
artist that has adapted with the times going from post-punk to new wave to soul music to
Americana. Heck, he even released an album with Burt Bacharach. The Roots have proven on a
nightly basis as the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon that they might
easily be the one of the best bands going. So the question shouldn’t be will this out-of-
left field pairing work, but why has it actually taken this long to happen?
Why We’re Excited: Costello and ?uestlove are brothers from another mother – both
possessing encyclopedic knowledge of popular music, so putting these two guys together in
a recording studio seems like an absolute no-brainer. Judging solely from the album’s lead
single, "Walk Us Uptown," we’re expecting some amalgam of Philly soul mixed with hip hop
break beats and Costello’s wry songwriting.
Words By: Jeffrey Greenblatt
[Published on: 9/5/13]