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5.0 out of 5 stars Face Value, 2 Mar 2003
Grant (Bexleyheath, Kent United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Phrenology (Audio CD)
The Roots: Face Value
Phrenology is the Roots greatest album of there now increasingly publicised career. With Phrenology the Roots have allowed their definitive style to impact on other genres, the most effective tracks ‘Break you Off’-featuring the talents of Musiq (Soulchild) and ‘The Seed’ featuring Cody Chesnutt the two most radio attractive tunes of the 14 track album.
Although some of the songs drag on a little (water-10minutes) each song shows The Roots unmistakable style and there treatment of music regardless of genre.
The album attempts to chronicle music since its introduction, and the way in which it may be perceived in the future, The Roots again going against tradition and in some respects condemning how hip-hop albums are nowadays produced, The Roots providing not only a musical journey but a message or musical movement.
Also featuring the vocals of Nelly Furtado (Sacrifice), Talib Kweli (Rolling with Heat) and Jill Scott (Complexity) the album crosses genres and includes a truly eclectic mix of artists and sounds.
The Roots sound is hard to define due to the eclectic mix evident in their distinctive style of music and for this reason Phrenology could enter the collection of many lovers of urban music, (and should) and with Phrenology the Roots should finally receive the attention so deserved of their innovative music.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just good music..., 4 Jan 2003
This review is from: Phrenology (Audio CD)
This is a special album. The Roots are the best musicians in hip hop as anyone who's seen the live shows will agree with and on this studio album, more than any other, they demonstrate this.
The album contains perhaps the best and most splendid anthem of the last year or two "water" alongside the wierdest most experimental mood music. In fact this a more mature offering, containing some of the most digestible straight up (blinding) hip hop but also showing that they're true musicians who are probably getting bored of being just a hiphop band. You should shelve your preconceptions and just listen to this, you will be surprised!
Basically, as a hiphop fan you gotta have those 4 supaphat tracks, as a music fan you gotta have the album...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Thinking Mans Hip Hop, 8 Feb 2012
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This review is from: Phrenology (Audio CD)
If you, like me, love bootys, guns, pimping, more guns, bigger bootys, bling, macking, jacking and whacking but do not want to listen to mundane, vocodorized, cookie cutter, souless Hip Hop that just repeats these things ad nauseam then The Roots are the band to listen to. I love all those things above, I truly do, but I don't want to listen to these same things being slurred about, over and over again in tunes that are exactly like the last one you heard. Most of Hip Hop sounds like someone reading a peverted serial killers Christmas wish list to Santa Claus. Then the next album sounds like the same person listing all the things Santa has now got him. I also love alphabetti spaghetti, Bargain Hunt, cheese and onion Quiches, Spongebob Squarepants, the theme tune to Van Der Valk, walks in the rain after a storm and wearing socks with sandals but I would get pretty bored talking about these things all the time, song after song after song. The Roots need no introduction so I wont even review this remarkable 5 star album because if you don't know by now then you will never know.
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