Wise Up Ghost and Other Songs - Elvis Costello & the Roots
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 1 out of 15

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  1. 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 for you. They play well together, very much worth the score!
  2. Oct 22, 2013
    9
    The alchemy between the Roots and Costello is golden. Words don't, can't, do it justice. It must be heard. It will trip you and entangle your senses. Enough words.
  3. Sep 27, 2013
    6
    After long, long time of not delivering, Costello tried again and, this time, succeeded. Of course, all together sounds like an old master refreshing himself with young blood, but anyone who already doubted in Costello's songwriting ability must admit he or she was wrong. Not a class of David Bowie return, still worth a try.
  4. 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 everything The Roots do sounds fresh and vital. This is perfection from first track to the last.
  5. 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 his entire career, and this is an outstanding addition to the discography. If there is a better collaboration this year, bring it on!
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. Nov 21, 2013
    40
    Wise Up Ghost, more compelling in theory than practice.
  2. Oct 30, 2013
    80
    A high watermark in the canons of all involved.
  3. Oct 11, 2013
    80
    Scouse grump and Philadelphia radicals were made for each other. [Nov 2013, p.104]