This week in unexpected matchups: Elvis Costello and the Roots — who would seem to have nothing in common beyond historic excellence, omnivorous taste, and late-night TV presence — have gone and made a whole album together. It’s called Wise Up Ghost, and we’ve already posted the single “Walk Us Uptown,” so there’s been plenty of chance to prepare your brain. Still, there’s something unnerving about hearing Costello’s familiar bleat over the Roots’ hard and precise soul-funk for more than four minutes at a time. But now you can throw yourself in headlong and stream the whole album at NPR.
Wise Up Ghost is out 9/17 on Blue Note.