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Phrenology (UK edition with 1 bonus track)

Phrenology (UK edition with 1 bonus track)

5 Dec 2002

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan 2002
  • Release Date: 1 Jan 2002
  • Label: Universal-Island Records Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2002 MCA Records Inc.
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  • Total Length: 1:04:41
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  • ASIN: B001KOE3VW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,478 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Ahluwalia on 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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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "nyali90" on 6 May 2003
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amarofpatel on 6 May 2003
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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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