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Reflection Eternal [Train Of Thought]
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 18 July 2002
I first heard of Kweli when i heard him freestyling on the radio and it blew me away. His rhyming skills and vocabulary are amazing and the variety in his lyrics. I thought i'd take a chance and buy the album and it was better than i had even expected. I would say it's by far the best album I own and reccomend it to anyone whether you're into hiphop or not. The lyrics on this record are so real and relevant to life, and there's a great variety of musical styles used. Hi Tek's production and his beats are a pleasure to hear and compliment Kweli's rhymes perfectly. His use of subtle hats and offbeat kicks can create a pulsating rhythm, or a laid back beat effortlessly. This is one of those albums where you can listen to it from start to finish over and over, and you'll hear something new every time. This album defines what hiphop should be so buy it, you wont be dissapointed!!! (dont miss the secret track at the end because its one of the best on the record) Enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 June 2002
This is (in my opinion) truly the most beautiful collection of hiphop released for a very long time by anyone; Kweli unleashes his wisdom with a unique style and composure throughout the 20 tracks - striking an amazing compromise between realism and idealism. He keeps it 100% real and doesnt spit off about sex or money or thug-life like others ("We don't represent the streets, we represent the people on them"), but instead focuses more on the 'struggle' that seems to have dissapeared from mainstream hip-hop; he comes across as a truly noble man and it is very difficult not idolise him. This combined with Hi-Tek's amazing beats and production, as well as guest appearances from Nelson Mandela, Lennox Lewis and words from Mos Def, Rah Digga and most of the artists at Def Jam, makes this a truly astonishing album. "I urge everybody to get a ticket and jump aboard the train".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 August 2003
If,like me,you are someone who enjoys the more lyrical and less commercial side of hip hop,then you will fully appreciate this album.I've always known of talib kweli,and I bought this cd because of his fresh rhymes,tight punchlines,good vocabulary and ability to confront issues and really get deep on a track.What surprised me was the production.Having purchased other records by underground artists,I'm accustomed to shoddy production redeemed by on point flow and mind blowing raps.Here is an exception.Congratulations to DJ Hi-Tek,as he really has matched kwali's rhyming with his diverse,unpredictable beats.The production alone is good enough to make the tracks sound good,but Taleb doesn't dissappoint.He kills every one of the hot beats,with hot battle rhymes,deep insights into real life issues,exhibition of a large vocabulary and even some party style hooks.Overall,any self-respectinh hip hop fan should own this.It has many many levels of deepness,and a new one will be revealed each time you listen to it.The first time I listened,half the lyrics went over my head.Focus on the music here when you have the time,and you will realise what a quality compilation of sound it is.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 6 December 2000
This is one of the most complete and brilliant albums that I have ever heard. Hi-Tek's production is always on point and Talib Kweli's rapping is unbelievable. He's probably at his best on "For Women", the bonus track where he tells beautifully detailed stories about 4 troubled women. All the tracks are so well varied it's hard to beleive they are all done by the same producer. Other standouts include "Name of the Game", "Love Language" and, of course, "Move Somethin'". You need this album. There isn't a better hip-hop album so don't bother looking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 November 2000
Good production, some tight tunes, and phat beats. This is another of those great examples of what Hip Hop should be. Rawkus completes it's talented crew of young rappers with Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek perfectly. Talib Kweli is most known as being the other lyrical half of Blackstar the hip hop crew that he partnered with Mos Def. Collaborations on the album are pure quality, including Blackstar partner Mos Def plus De La Soul, Kool G Rap, Rah Digga & Xibit, and Les Nubians. These all make the album; if not one of the best from Rawkus, very close. The only let down is the absense on the 'Rawkus King' Pharoahe Monch, then it would be the best!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 August 2004
A while ago, when i was begining to get into hip hop this record kept on popping up. I thought nothing of it at first until a friend of mine insisted that we purchase reflection eternal.Let me just say what an absaloute stomper it really is. So class in a world of its own. Unlike anything I've ever heard. From a vast extensive collection ranging from de la soul and pharcyde to Raekwon the chef, this is easily in the top 5 if not 3.
They are true artists and need recognisiton for proper music like this. Unbelievable. In a world of its own against the boring over rated works of 50 cent, dr dre and eminem.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 February 2002
I don't have too much to say about the production of this album because Hi-Tek masters the art of producing beats that are diverse and versitile, but within a certain bracket of which not enough producers are entering.
When it comes to Talib Kweli, the only way to descibe his style is honest and real. He touches subjects of which need to be heard and not only heard but listened too. I think his strongest quality is that he's got so much respect for others.
If you like un-commercial, real life and soulful hip-hop, get this album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 June 2002
There's is not much i can say about this class lp. It has to be one of my best albums if not the best. Another two albums you also need are mos def - 'Black on Both Sides' and Mos def and Talib Kweli are - 'Blackstar'. This album is true hip-hop no rapping about the money and girls etc just true hip-hop.The stand out tracks on refelction eternal are 'good mourning' 'too late','the blast' and 'some kind of wonderful' 1
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 1 August 2004
After releasing a handful of essential 12"s on various Rawkus Records projects in the late '90s, Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek were on the verge of becoming one of hip-hop's best-kept secrets. Yet their original incarnation as a duo expanded into a triumvirate with the inclusion of Mos Def and transformed their eventual manifestation into Black Star, thwarting their initial bid for acclaim. While Kweli's stardom may have been initially eclipsed by his more charismatic cohort, Mos Def, Reflection Eternal houses enough merit to establish Talib as one of this generation's most poetic MCs. Kweli is a rare MC, as his lyricism resounds with a knowledge that transcends his still tender age. He does not aspire to reprogram the masses with this album, just rehabilitate them, as he laments on "The Blast": "They ask me what I'm writing for/I'm writing to show you what we fighting for." In an effort to celebrate life, Kweli breaks down hip-hop's obsession with death on "Good Mourning" and "Too Late." But it is his varied lyrical content that is most inspiring, effortlessly transitioning from the poignant circle-of-life epic "For Women" to the rugged "Some Kind of Wonderful" and "Down for the Count," featuring Rah Digga and Xzibit. While the unassuming, largely minimalist grooves that Hi-Tek supplied on Black Star's debut longed for a dramatic flair, he displays a remarkable maturation on Reflection Eternal. In fact, Tek's loping keyboard wails, soulful staccato claps, and shimmering piano loops are often sublime in their arrangement and outcome. Though Kweli and Hi-Tek's debut harbors over-ambitious tendencies, clocking in at over 70 minutes in length, they are a duo that will undoubtedly stain their memory into hip-hop's collective memory with this noteworthy debut. Welcome to the new generation of Native Tongue speaking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 November 2006
This album is the first rap album I bought after hearing it being played. I am someone who has always said rap is filled with nothing but negative energy but when I listened to this album I was amazed. I am not an expert, in fact quite a novice to the Rap genre. But Talib's eloquence came through loud and clear and the beats compliemented his flow so much. Tracks like "Good Mourning" , "Africa Dream" , "Memories Live" but this is just a small piece of the cake. Buy it and listen for yourself.Peace.
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