Elvis Costello & The Roots
"Wise Up Ghost"
Producers: Steven Mandel, Elvis Costello, Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson
Label: Blue Note
Release Date: Sept. 17
"Wise Up Ghost," the accidental sequel to Costello's "Get Happy!!" 33 years after that album's Stax worship, is his most bracing music in years. The Roots' ductile soul/funk reminds that they can do anything, and Costello's gift for wordcraft and his singularly weird voice reminds he can go anywhere. Everyone's aim is true. -Joe Gross