Feature

Elvis Costello and the Roots: Wise Up Ghost

Fans couldn’t have expected any better from this unlikely studio collaboration.

***

Fans couldn’t have expected any better from this unlikely studio collaboration, said Seth Colter Walls in Spin. Elvis Costello and the house band for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon have joined forces on the show’s stage numerous times, but those performances didn’t foretell an album that’s “more exciting and hooky than much recent work from either camp.” In fact, “more than half of Wise Up Ghost is faultless.” Credit Roots drummer Questlove and producer Steven Mandel for the album’s edgy, shadowy atmosphere, said Greg Kot in the Chicago Tribune. “They’ve made what sounds like a noir song cycle that borrows from hip-hop, neo-soul, and dark-of-the-night singer-songwriter concept albums without fully embracing any of those genres.” Only late does the energy flag. “Tempos drag in the Latin-flavored ‘Cinco Minutos Con Vos,’” and “the title track is a mood piece that never climbs out of neutral.” Those tracks “feel like experiments that fell short, while the rest of Wise Up Ghost revels in its uneasiness.”

Recommended

Philippines' Duterte warns he'll jail people who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on a visit to China.
that's one idea

Philippines' Duterte warns he'll jail people who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine

Iran's president-elect says he won't meet with Biden
Ebrahim Raisi.
all eyes on iran

Iran's president-elect says he won't meet with Biden

Olympics to allow up to 10,000 Japanese spectators
Olympic Rings
Tokyo Olympics

Olympics to allow up to 10,000 Japanese spectators

10 things you need to know today: June 21, 2021
Afghan security forces
Daily briefing

10 things you need to know today: June 21, 2021

Most Popular

7 toons about the Dems' Joe Manchin problem
Political Cartoon.
Feature

7 toons about the Dems' Joe Manchin problem

Bernie Sanders wants to know if cannabis reporter is 'stoned' right now
Bernie Sanders.
Sounds dope

Bernie Sanders wants to know if cannabis reporter is 'stoned' right now

Georgia election workers reportedly received a 'torrent' of threats
Trump rally.
The big lie

Georgia election workers reportedly received a 'torrent' of threats