A damn surprise to our ears – a record that shouldn't work well, but which succeeds tremendously – bringing all the best part of Elvis Costello and The Roots
into play perfectly – with a sound that's unlike anything either of them have ever done before! Costello has way more bite than on most records of the past few decades – set up perfectly here in these tightly snapping rhythms that echo all the best live bits of The Roots
' records, but which work surprisingly well for Elvis' lyrics in the lead. And The Roots
get some very cool keyboard work from Costello – including some especially nice Wurlitzer, played with a roots
y, respectful mode that brings in even more soul than their backings have on their own. And although we've loved The Roots
since their earliest days in the hip hop underground, the album's also a strong statement of just how far they've come in the pop mainstream – a true testament to the growth of ?uestlove and crew, and their sense of versatility and vision. Titles include "Wise Up Ghost", "Walk Us Uptown", "Sugar Won't Work", "Refuse To Be Saved", "Tripwire", "Wake Me Up", and "Come The Meantimes". Deluxe edition includes three bonus tracks – "My New Haunt", "Can You Hear Me", and "The Puppet Has Cut His Strings".