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Elvis Costello

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It’s amazing that at this stage of his long career Elvis Costello still has surprises left in him. Over the years the one-time angry young man has dabbled in jazz, opera and even classical music, in between albums that have touched on pop and, in particular in recent years, Americana, but his latest album Wise Up Ghost paired him with his most unlikely collaborators yet: The Roots, the famed hip-hop band that shares little in common with Costello aside from a big music collection and an open mind. The result was nothing less than Costello’s most inspired album in a decade, a soulful, socially conscious record that sounds like little else in his discography but still feels unmistakably like a Costello album. It’ll be interesting to see how the singer-songwriter adapts some of those songs for this solo tour, a rare outing without his usual backing band The Imposters.

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