Album of the Week

Elvis Costello and The Roots: Wise Up Ghost (Blue Note Records).

5th October, 2013
Elvis Costello and Questlove of The Roots.

Elvis Costello and The Roots: Wise Up Ghost (Blue Note Records)

Full marks for effort, if nothing else. Most veteran singer-songwriters' 30th album would simply be more of the same, but Elvis Costello has chosen to mark the occasion by teaming up with the Roots, the Philadelphia-based rap ensemble who specialise in soupy stews of funk and jazz. It's an imaginative enough idea, but the execution's a bit off.

Wise Up Ghost is let down...

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