Wise Up Ghost and Other Songs - Elvis Costello & the Roots
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  • Band members: Elvis Costello, The Roots
  • Summary: Originally begun as an album of reworked Costello songs, the debut collaboration between Elvis Costello and the Roots is instead a largely original release produced by Steven Mandel.
  • Record Label: Blue Note
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, College Rock
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Sep 18, 2013
    If you've ever fallen in love with a Costello record, be prepared for a new obsession.
  2. Sep 17, 2013
    That this collaboration would end up working so well should really be of little surprise to longtime fans of Costello. His ‘70s and ’80s work often bore the influence of the same R&B, soul and funk records that the Roots clearly adore.
  3. Sep 13, 2013
    You’ve got to give it to perennial over-achievers: sometimes they even know how to make extra-credit assignments sound like A+ work.
  4. 80
    It may not be quite the meeting of musical minds that fans and critics had anticipated, but that just makes it better.
  5. 75
    This isn’t mere dilettantism, and while it’s likely to net both acts new fans from the other side of the great genre divide, it holds up more than capably on its own terms.
  6. Sep 17, 2013
    It's the sound of a savant songsmith trying to impress the world's best backing band.
  7. Nov 21, 2013
    Wise Up Ghost, more compelling in theory than practice.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Sep 19, 2013
    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. Collapse
  2. Nov 24, 2013
    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! Expand
  3. Sep 17, 2013
    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! Expand
  4. Oct 22, 2013
    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. Expand
  5. Sep 27, 2013
    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. Expand