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.