The recording sessions for this album were shrouded in secrecy, but Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer Elvis Costello and Grammy Award–winning neo-soul mavens the Roots have finally raised the curtain, and the result is a soulful, funky, psychedelic meeting of the minds. "Will you walk us uptown / As our tears run in torrents?" Costello sings on the opener, but the solid beat keeps the mood raucous rather than downbeat. The dark Cinco Minutos Con Vos is a duet with La Marisoul of the L.A. band La Santa Cecilia, while the title track features Costello's trademark punk snarl.
"Working with musicians who've figured out how to apply hip-hop principles to a band dynamic, Costello locates himself within that framework to produce some of the most focused and visionary work of his later career."—NPR