CD Review: Elvis Costello & The Roots "Wise Up Ghost"

There has always been a firm groove foundation to Elvis Costello’s music, but the Roots bring it out in all its funky glory.
By Bill Murphy ,

There has always been a firm groove foundation to Elvis Costello’s music, but the Roots bring it out in all its funky glory. Mark Kelley, who took over on bass for Owen Biddle in 2011 and has availed himself admirably since, stands out hard on “Refuse to Be Saved,” a muscle-bound funk workout where the low end oozes along the floorboards under Ray Angry’s toothy clavinet. Meanwhile, Pino Palladino checks in on “Sugar Won’t Work,” which offers brilliant flashes of Costello’s longtime penchant for catchy melodies that linger.