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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Did it really take that long to record?, 16 Mar 2001
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Don't be put off by the ridiculous clothes they're all wearing on the cover, this is a truly fantastic album - "Mr Wendal", "People Everyday" (with a strong assist from Sly and the Family Stone), and, of course, the globally huge "Tennessee", are indisputable classics, and there's a splendifferous supporting cast of songs to back them up, including the frenetic "U", and the reflective "Washed Away".
Along with late 80's and early 90's contemparies like De La Soul, Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, and the Dream Warriors, Arrested Development presented a fluffy alternative to the gold chain festooned, uzi totin', woman hatin' image that many hip hop acts have succumbed to over the years. But underneath all the cheerfulness, there is a real intellectual depth to this album, and a sometimes painful search for identity, and you shouldn't pass it by.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest hip-hop albums in history!, 17 Aug 2006
Any true hip-hop fan simply MUST buy a copy of this album. Fans of A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Jurassic 5, etc. will love the funky beats and laid-back style of this album.

There's no filler here, just an album packed full of soulful hip-hop, the way it should be done. The phrase "They just don't make them like this anymore" has never been more appropriate than when applied to this album.

If you like hip-hop and you haven't got this album, it's a massive gap in your collection. Get one, no - get two, now! It really is that good!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and inspirational, 14 Jun 2004
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Pieter Uys "Toypom" (Johannesburg) - See all my reviews
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This innovative album opens with Man's Final Frontier, a funky number with lots of scratching and samples. It is followed by the amazingly positive and life-affirming Mama's Always On Stage and People Everyday, black pride anthem and intelligent protest against violence.
Mr Wendall is another gem of a song, about homelessness and recognising the dignity in others. It also has a most compelling arrangement and gripping vocals. Arrested Development highlights personal and social problems without sounding preachy.
The jazzy Raining Revolution is a moving spiritual rap, and Fishin' 4 Religion is a critical look at organized religion. The energetic Give A Man A Fish deals with the music business whilst the bubbly uptempo U and the gentle, melodious Natural are about love and relationships.
Dawn Of The Dreads has lots of pop appeal with its catchy sung parts alternating with the rap; Tennessee has soulful female vocals, and the album concludes on a high note with the spiritual poem Washed Away. What a great album, so original in sound and uplifting in spirit! It encompasses a stunning variety of styles in a set of highly accomplished songs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real, feel good music, 17 Jun 2014
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I used to have this album (and Zingalamaduni) on cassette tape years ago when they were first issued. I was a spotty early teenager back then but I remember when Mr Wendal and People Everyday hit the charts I loved the chilled out songs and when I heard the albums were released I rushed to my local Our price music shop (yeah I have fond memories of the old music shops and I miss them alot) to hand over my hard earned pocket money to gain ownership of the album on tape.
Roll on about 20ish years or so and I rediscovered my old case of music cassette tapes. Only a few of them were treasures to be rediscovered. one of these was this album. Like a wine, it has aged and improved. In an era of trashy throw away and forget about music by the likes of simon cowell and the gangster rap spouting vile obscenities against women and violence, Arrested Development is a real breath of vintage music at its finest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arrested Development, 28 Jan 2010
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Silk180 (SE London, England) - See all my reviews
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Had this on tape many years ago and had to get the CD. A must have in age 30+ collection.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 19 years, 8 months, and 20 days in the life of........me., 17 Dec 2011
Where did the last 20 years go? A lot of it went listening to this album. If the beatles had released this it would be called the white album, or st. pepper. Fortunately for us, they didn't, because this album dwarfes anything ever performed. Absolutely fantastic. Talent does not improve on this. Unlike any other album ever released, there are no 'stocking filler' tracks. Every track breathes quality. If you never get another 'bar' of music, buy this album.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It didn't take 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days, 19 July 2009
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Jason Nelson - See all my reviews
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Excellent as ever, why would you shop with any other on-line store, keep up the good work
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