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Phrenology [CD]

The Roots Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Audio CD (5 Dec 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B00007KKP2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,463 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5. Rolling With Heat - The Roots, Talib Kweli
6. WAOK (Ay) Rollcall - The Roots, Ursula Rucker
7. Thought @ Work - The Roots
8. The Seed (2.0) - The Roots, Cody Chestnutt
9. Break You Off - The Roots, Musiq
10. Water The First Movement/ Water The Abyss/ Water The Drowning - The Roots
11. Quills - The Roots, Tracey Moore
12. Pussy Galore - The Roots
13. Complexity - The Roots, Jill Scott
14. Something In The Way Of Things (In Town) - The Roots
15. Act Too (The Love Of My Life) - The Roots

Product Description

1 x CD Album
UK 2002

2Rock You3:12
5Rolling With Heat3:42
6WAOK (AY) Roll Call1:00
7Thought @ Work4:58
8The Seed (2.0)4:27
9Break You Off7:27
10.aWater: The First Movement10:24
10.bWater: The Abyss
10.cWater: The Drowning
12Pussy Galore4:29
14Something In The Way Of Things (In Town)7:16
Bonus Track (Listed)
15Act Too (The Love Of My Life: Remix)3:36
Unlisted Tracks
Bonus Track (Unlisted)7:44
19.aRhymes And Ammo5:00

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Legendary Roots Crew 10 Dec 2002
Format:Audio CD
Philadephia's revival as a city at the forefront of music can be directly attributed to The Roots. An abundance of DJs, musicians and poets who now hold fort in the city and across the world, have either been inspired by or collaborated with the band since their inception more than ten years ago. The City of Steel can now hold its own with the musical oasis of London and New York, and a serving testament to its wide musical array and beauty can be found on "Phrenology".
Guest vocalist Amira Bakara offers spoken word on the warm, light breeze of "Something in the Way of Things", as soft jazz-funk melts into 'toasted'vocals. As the music gathers speed, the poetry intensifies, like a gruffer version of jazz vocalist Mark Murphy. Drummer ?uestlove, earmarks the track with live drum n' bass rhythms, a similar trick he carries out on the single "Break You Off", turning the sweet harmonies and choice vocals inside out with his sonic percussion. "Break You Off" is preceded by "The Seed". "The Seed" is dirty, spaced out, funk; LA fly guy Cody Chestnut delivers sweet soul over a rocky rhythm judging by this cut Sly Stone is very much alive. The track is simply incredible...........and then you realise that this album is made by a Hip Hop band. Hip Hop is covered on the album with "Rock You" which eschews the traditional big build up of previous Roots opening tracks and flips you one hundred and eighty degrees into organic Hip Hop; a supreme mix of out there rap, nasty bass, heavy drums and the most 'hypnotic'of riffs. "Sacrifice" opens with an aquatic turn of sound leading to Malik B's commanding rap, backed up by vocals by Nelly Furtdao. "Rolling with the Heat" is the standout Hip Hop track.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Fielding 6 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
One of the most moving and albums i've heard in a long time that has a perfect blend of hip hop, rap and truly soulful tunes that really make you want shake that booty. My favourite track has to be the seed which i've played over and over again and just can't get enough of. To all you hip hop, body shaking lovers out there, this album is a must! xx
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phrenology 14 Dec 2002
Format:Audio CD
Every Roots album that I here I can tell a definite progression with Phrenology being no exception. A real variety of hip hop tunes with a couple of tracks being slightly of a more commercial R&B ilk and others containing more of a rock influence. Appearances by Jill Scott and Musiq give the album extra depth and will hopefully help widen the Roots' audience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the legendary foundation wanna touch ya mind 6 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
The legendary hip-hip collective return with a cacophony of sounds and guest appearances in this, their most ambitious album to date. On first play the familiar moments of South Philly smoothness are there but sometimes there does seem to be a little too much noise going on, getting a little too busy; such are the high standards we’ve come to expect. That said, these guys are such supreme musicians gelling together, that the combination is often irresistible. The Seed (2.0) for example is a country guitar riff stomper with NKOTB Cody ChestnuTT guesting and coming over all Terence Trent D’Arby like! Elsewhere the bouncy bass of “Water” immediately connects. “Sacrifice” with guest harmonies from Nelly Furtardo, is smooth but no patch on their dreamy live rendition heard on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide show. (Check it out!) Black Thought is at his most spittingly masterful on the “Apache” break sampling “Thought @ work”, an instant head nodder that goes on and on. They even take a trip down the memory lane of UK 80's pop using an interpolation of Swing out Sister (Breakout) on "Quills". All in all the Roots ALWAYS deliver. They push the boundaries and represent true musicianship combined with social consciousness. Hip-hop for the masses that know. Feel it.
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