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Wise Up Ghost

Elvis Costello Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (16 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B00D6UV172
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,124 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Sugar Won't Work 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. REFUSE To Be Saved 4:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
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STANDARD EDITION : 2013 collaboration between UK legend & US hip-hop stars on Blue Note Records! Includes 'Walk Us Uptown'.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Great collaboration between two masters of their own game. Don't come here with any preconceptions. There are some real quality musical moments here
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best disc from Elvis Costello in some time 17 Sep 2013
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This is a great EC disc, which may well attract new listeners to his music and will be welcomed by those of us who already have been convinced. This albumn just has more that grabs you and no sense of there being either filler or overly complicated songs that have been smattered through some of his more recent offerings. This has immediacy, good strong tunes, great singing, and lyrically is direct and highly attractive. It is varied and really commands your attention from start to finish. oone of the best discs of this year that I have heard.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary Costello 18 Nov 2013
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I'm an enthusiastic admirer of Elvis Costello's work. So much so, that I went to six of his "Spectacular Spinning Songbook" shows this year and have all of his albums, even the more obscure stuff, so I was looking forward to this collaboration with The Roots immensely, especially given some of the extremely positive reviews. However, after owning this album for a while and giving it many, many plays, I have to conclude that it's not quite as brilliant as some critics have painted it and that it's simply a very good piece of work, rather than one of his very best. Of course, it's a highly listenable affair, with crisp beats, funky bass-lines, brass punctuation and impassioned performances from all involved. Costello himself is almost rapping his biting lyrics and The Roots' input and arrangements certainly give this project a different feel to anything he has ever released before, so it's most definitely interesting and for Costello, a man of many musical guises, to come up with something so different at this stage in his career is no small achievement. In addition, one of the small pleasures listening to this album for someone familiar with his back catalogue is to name the original songs where many of the lyrics have been lifted from and adapted.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who Saw This Coming? 16 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD
I listened to this streamed on the website of one of our national broadsheet newspapers. It is an intriguing album. Elvis has a history of collaborations (Brodsky Quartet, Burt Bacharach, Allen Toussaint etc) but I can't say I saw this one coming after a recent resurgence of form (National Ransom and Momofoku are both excellent).

However I liked what I heard. Some new music alongside snippets of old (I hear Pills & Soap, Satellite, Invasion Hit Parade, Chewing Gum & Pulling Out The Pin amongst others). Some lyrics are pulled wholesale e.g. Pills & Soap & IHP, whereas some songs are built around riffs. For instance Tripwire, which sounds like Satellite played through a musical box.

Nerdy old-song explorations aside the album sounds pretty exciting. The Roots bring a taut sparse sound that recalls the early work of the Attractions to some degree. I will admit, though, that I felt my interest wane towards the end. Even so, I am sure I will play this on repeat for weeks, but am not so sure its a top-tier Costello release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wised up Elvis 2 Jan 2014
By elbuho
I'm not a huge fan of Elvis Costello's recent output, but this is massively brilliant. One of my albums of the year. The pairing of EC's vocals and lyrics with a laidback hiphop groove is a winner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb album - excellent collaboration. 14 July 2014
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Superb album - excellent collaboration. I'm a big fan of the The Roots and so bought this off the back of that, and wasn't surprised at how great an album this. The Roots and Elvis Costello have produced a classic here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Album of 2013 3 Feb 2014
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I am delighted that Elvis Costello can still surprise and enlighten me after all these years. Sometime he experiments and it does not succeed. Here he triumphs. A great deal of the album is courageous and funky re-workings of melodies from his neglected classic "North" album. It should not work. It does. His lyrical talent has lost nothing over the decades. Brave words that I am happy to carry as a commentary on the world as we find it. "If I could believe" could speak for me even in the sadder months of a bereavement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis Still The King 31 Dec 2013
Format:Audio CD
All the fuss about The Arctic Monkeys using Hip-Hop as a springboard for their new album, Elvis went the whole way and used Hip-Hop backing band The Roots with superb results. Fused with his sharp intelligent lyrics, this album once again shows what a totally undervalued artist Elvis is. The companion album (Volume Two - Remixes) is also worth checking out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 22 days ago by daniele soffritti
5.0 out of 5 stars Different
Purchased for my partner who has brought Elvis Costello music for many year. Very different from his usual but its what to expect.
Published 8 months ago by Piglet
4.0 out of 5 stars CD Review
Funky, Wife loved it. Recommended as a Christmas gift. Supplier of CD and after sales support very good, Thanks! K
Published 10 months ago by kevin callanan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reworking of old and new as well
Wasn't sure what to expect from this but was happily surprised by the quality of the music on here. Some new songs and some old lyrics from songs like Pills And Soap given new life... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Robert Bachman
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
very hard to categorise this, but that's what's so good about it. somewhere between hip hop, 70's funk, but EC's fingerprints very much all over it

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Published 11 months ago by MR M Murray
4.0 out of 5 stars A wee bit different.....
Mr Costello does it agin, why should I be surprised....something a bit different from a legend. Takes a wee bit getting used to....
Published 11 months ago by W. Beveridge
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and Getting Better
Wise Up Ghost is definitely a grower, that's not to say there's nothing to enjoy on the first listen. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Poly
I think Costello is brilliant on wise up ghost and the roots are also excellent. I would recommend the album to anyone who loves their music.saddlebag stivi.
Published 11 months ago by anthony stevens
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