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.
CD Review: Elvis Costello & The Roots "Wise Up Ghost"
Proving what happens when old-school hip meets old-school hip-hop, the Roots team up with Elvis Costello on this eclectic and soulful mash-up.