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28 Jun. 2010 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2010
  • Release Date: 1 Jan. 2010
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 The Island Def Jam Music Group
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  • Total Length: 42:26
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B003W3A642
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,315 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Jun. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Having no real idea what the Roots mean when they describe their new album "How I got over" as "depicting the everyman's search for hope in this dispiriting post-hope zeitgeist" should not detract you from its brilliance. This seminal Philadelphia hip hop band, formed in the late eighties by Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson have produced nine fine albums (including an outright classic "Things fall apart") and are about as far from hip hop run of the mill braggadocio as you can get. Indeed check out the comments on the US Amazon site and the words "sell out" and "just make a rock album" are emblazoned on some angry reviews by those who do not like the progression the band is taking. Quite why some music fans want a band to make the same album over and over again remains one of life's great mysteries. Granted we must fully recognise that "rock music" does figure throughout "How I got over" with guest spots from various Dirty Projectors on the truly lovely jazzy opener "A piece of light", and samples drawn from Monsters of Folk and Johanna Newsom (how eclectic is that?), but in the final analysis this is a clearly definable and groundbreaking hip hop album albeit with a melancholy heart and a powerful view about our tough times.

The highlights come fast and thick.

- The sampling of Monsters of Folk "Dear God" works a treat since the Jim James original had a hip hop underpinning which is properly drawn out in The Roots version and the track broadly stays faithful to the original but with a rap which highlights impending ecological and economic disaster. A sort of hip hop "What's goin on"

- "Walk alone" ft Black Thought.
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By Heart Felt x on 3 Dec. 2011
Format: Audio CD
They did it again! Roots undoubtably made yet another classic to there extensive collection of 1st class albums. This album has a constant flow into the next track almost like turning a page of a book......a natural progression. A peace of light a suble intro for such skilled musicians, then came Walk alone, the strength in this song, how many of us can relate is beyond words.... a personal journey into track 3 Dear God by this point i am lost for words, the prayer of a troubled man x Radio daze is a strong track, my kids vibe to this one in the car, in this day and age many of us are feeling "the pinch" just cold!!!! At last something to knod ya head to "Now or never", many a man can find inspiration in this track without fail trust me on that!!! "How I got over" is just the business,it's got punch, it lifts ya spirit in a vex sort of way but the beats on it are heavy not to mention the lyrical flow !!! I cant lie I may skip a few as I could be here all day rating the A Team, "The Day" is beautiful and melodical, when my daughter sings the courus it hits home the message in a big way. "Doing it Again" turn your speakers up I tell you, one of my greatest passions about The Roots, every track has been performed live in the studio, I cannot detect a computer or keyboard anywhere me tell you!!! when it comes to percussions, the drumming is off the chart, if I'm wrong they are just too damn good, I love every lyric in this track, the strength that flows from it is remarkable, writing this has left me speechless. These guys are not recognised enough, we as fans, listeners what ever you want to call yourself rate the wrong people. If you can handle seriously concious lyrics over the heaviest beats in hip hop today then pull your fingers out and buy this album,I bet my life savings you would not be disappointed.......seriously XX How I Got Over
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dhalsim on 27 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
oh well this is very very good. Having never been a full on The Roots fan, but having always keep an ear out for them, I was one over straight away with this album. Everything the BBC review says is spot on. The message is uplifting, the songs infectiously catchy, in fact theres nothing to dislike. (except maybe the short length of the album!)
Buy buy buy!
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What a way to conclude. Tight and well thought out!!! I love the way the whole album is one journey. it felt like i had listened to one song. very creative and well planned. BRAVO THE LEGENDARY 5TH DYNASTY. I would however recommend people new to the roots to also listen to their other stuff (do you want more, illadelph half life, things fall apart, phrenology, tipping point, game theory, rising down, the guides volumes 1 and 2). Great hiphop!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Archie Grimwald on 7 Sept. 2010
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Still at the head of the game, The Roots produce consistantly good,rhythmic,intelligent,technical hip-hop.Aided by a lot of guest artists this album is one of the most soulful hip-hop jazz albums I have ever heard.Long may they keep pushing the boundaries of this artform without the mindless,raccist,sexist drivel of gangsta rap.If you like real Hip Hop like the late great,pioneering J.Dilla (a tribute track is on this set)along with acts like Talib Kweli,Dilated Peoples,Jurrasic 5 and Common then you will definately rate this album very highly.Buy it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Simon Bourke on 10 July 2010
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The Roots cement their place as the finest hip hop group of all time with this their follow up to the dark and broody Rising Down. Given that Rising Down's predecessor Game Theory was also a quite bleak affair it's heartening to see Philadelphia's finest in more upbeat mood on their latest release. From the off it's clear that the focus is on catchy hooks and haunting melodies rather than the stark production seen on the last two albums, for whatever reason The Roots seem to be in a good place in 2010 and How I Got Over is all the better for it.
Some may complain about the direction that the group has taken with this album but the days of Illadelph Halflife are long gone and a group of men fifteen years older and wiser can't be expected to stand still as the musical landscape changes around them. The Roots diversity and willingness to change is what has enabled them to have such longevitiy whilst maintaining a ridiculously high quality of output over the years.
How I Got Over is almost dreamlike and ethereal in it's vibe and I found myself listening to it in a dazed stupor of joy, however don't be fooled into thinking they've gone all soft because ?uestlove's trademark production is present and correct here. There's some classic Root's bangers in situ that will have you shaking and jiving in the manner that only a Roots track can!!
It's impossible to state where this album rates in relation to other Roots albums as in my opinion each and every release of theirs is a five star classic and stands on it's own as a work of genius, I actually don't think it's possible that they could ever release a poor album because there's just too much talent and ingenuity in their legendary crew.
Once again The Roots have shown why they are the last bastion of hope for hip hop and I personally expect to be still excitedly awaiting their new releases for years to come.
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