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


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