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.