Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Sep 12, 2013
    60
    Half of this curious but at times compelling collaboration set lyrics from old songs to new tracks--though not always to their benefit. [Oct 2013, p.62]
  2. Sep 17, 2013
    58
    At this point in his career, an album-length experiment like Wise Up Ghost seems to satisfy Costello artistically, thanks to his chameleon tendencies, but there isn’t much to add to the best of either catalog.
  3. Sep 19, 2013
    60
    There are some missteps--the ballad Tripwire feels out of place in the general uptempo pace, and in (She Might Be A) Grenade, Costello lazily compares a girl to an atomic bomb (didn’t Green Day already do this?)--but when the album works, the band and the singer/songwriter sound more invigorated than they have in years.
  4. Nov 21, 2013
    40
    Wise Up Ghost, more compelling in theory than practice.
  5. Sep 16, 2013
    60
    These tracks are densely self-referential, borrowing lyrics and themes from Costello's past.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Sep 19, 2013
    10
    I'm conservative with giving score, but this one is well worth the full marks. It is sensational. Costello has a timeless sound and everythingI'm conservative with giving score, but this one is well worth the full marks. It is sensational. Costello has a timeless sound and everything The Roots do sounds fresh and vital. This is perfection from first track to the last. Full Review »
  2. Sep 17, 2013
    10
    I can't get this album out of rotation. Keep coming back for more, and getting it. I'm more than old enough to have admired Elvis during hisI can't get this album out of rotation. Keep coming back for more, and getting it. I'm more than old enough to have admired Elvis during his entire career, and this is an outstanding addition to the discography. If there is a better collaboration this year, bring it on! Full Review »
  3. Nov 24, 2013
    10
    Totally digging what Elvis & The Roots have put together here! You'll enjoy it if you like bluesy, gritty, clever music, this album is forTotally digging what Elvis & The Roots have put together here! You'll enjoy it if you like bluesy, gritty, clever music, this album is for you. They play well together, very much worth the score! Full Review »