After beating the sophomore jinx with his second album, 1978's 'This Year's Model,' Elvis Costello set out to prove he was here to stay -- and on Jan. 5, 1979, he took the next step with his third LP, 'Armed Forces.'
Since bursting onto the scene in 1977, Elvis Costello has constantly refused to be pigeonholed. Originally lumped in as part of the punk and New Wave movements due to his short, angry songs, he quickly took a series of musical detours, occasionally circling back before trying something else new. Combining his musical curiosity with a work rate that would fell
Elvis Costello has been down this path before. New collaborators. New sounds. Old songs approached in new directions. On 'Wise Up Ghost,' an album recorded with hip-hop crew the Roots, he slips into a new groove, for him at least, that adds some fresh texture to his old style.
On paper, Elvis Costello's new album 'Wise Up Ghost' -- which finds the rock legend teaming up for a full-length collaboration with the Roots -- is one of the more intriguing records of the year. Now, thanks to NPR, we get to hear how it all turned out, a week before the record's Sept. 17 release.
Sometimes recording a great cover can jump-start a career (just ask Los Lobos). But when all goes wrong, it has the potential to sink even some of an era's biggest stars, as it did in 1995 when Duran Duran recorded their all-covers album 'Thank You' and, in particular, Elvis Costello's 'Watching the Detectives.'
Elvis Costello's new album with the Roots, 'Wise Up Ghost,' will be released on Sept. 17. The record marks Costello's first on Blue Note Records, the venerable jazz label that's been around since 1939, and first since 2010's 'National Ransom.'
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