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Wise Up Ghost

Elvis Costello and The Roots - 2013

First things first: The Vocal performances and production on this record are visceral and imaginative. Elvis would not have sounded like this left to his own devices. Thats the beauty of collaboration, and this one works for me. Second: Everything else is top notch; instrumental performances, arrangements, etc. The The Roots main gig is to be collaborators now as house band for Jimmy Fallon and they've gotten really good at it. i.e. John Legend... as a whole this record doesn't grab me all the way through, but has highlights throughout. I'll comment on "Walk us Uptown" which opens the disc. Its the perfect example of a great collaborative song. What makes it so is that you can't tell who wrote the lyrics or the music. It could have been either, or both and most likely was the group and Elvis sitting down to write together...but the B section or what feels like a pre-chorus is all Elvis. Classic. I looked up the producer, Steve Mandel. Gotta say I've never heard of him. He apparently does mostly banjo albums. Go figure. I say its worth your time to listen to this one. And for a real treat check out Miley Cyrus and The Roots doing her song "We Can't Stop" acapella. I'm not kidding. Play it!

Posted by Carl



I'll save most of my comments for my own review of this album, but I'll just say that I agree with every word you wrote. Damn you Carl. We need some controversy on these comment boards! Well done.

Posted over 6 years ago by TambegifTambe

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Posted over 6 years ago by Img 2046Carl

Posted: 10/10/2013

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Carl ranks this as the
#7 favorite album of 2013