Fans of Faithless familiar only with Reverence won't recognise it.
Barring a few borrowed vocal lines and Maxi's smoothly delivered lyrics, No Roots is nothing like Faithless's earlier material. It is, however, an excellent return to form.
An expansion of themes explored in Outrospective (particularly Not Enuff Love and elements of Tarantula), No Roots is more or less one continuous piece of music. That said, the variety within it is excellently delivered, well paced and catchy. At times sombre, and always philosophical, the album has it's highs - Miss U Less, See U More is an upbeat tribute to Maxi's lady - his fluid lyrical dexterity making it instantly likable.
I Want More (Parts 1 and 2) are cleverly written, political pieces on greed and the worthy things in life. LSK, newly featuring on the Faithless scene, does well, and his husky vocals are an excellent addition to the album.
Love Lives on My Street and Bluegrass are pleasant but virtually indistinguishable from each other. The title track, No Roots, quintessentially represents the whole album - a strong, bald, likable song, well thought out. And Dido sings in it.
Tracks ten, eleven and twelve all seem to blend into one before the album picks up again - What About Love is a solid, beatsy tune with Maxi's reflective vocals that wouldn't seem out of place on Outrospective.
In The End is a fantastic end-piece. A quiet collaboration between Maxi and LSK, orchestral opening blending into well paced, haunting vocals and a simple, understated theme.
Above all, it's a good album. Essentially a theme piece, packed with potential for remixes and eminently listenable-to, it's a good effort from Faithless. A word of warning - there aren't any "dancy" tracks in the order of Salva Mea, God is a dj or We Come 1. It's not that kind of music. But it is good. Very Good.