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on 15 October 2011
As with most Roots Manuva albums, this is best judged after several listens - I reckon I've given it about a dozen or so before writing this.

It's certainly the most musically (and probably vocally) diverse album to date from Mr Smith, it's also the longest (19 tracks including the 2 bonus cuts) and for me, it's the most consistent too with most tracks barely given chance to outstay their welcome by being under 3 mins long, with the noteable exception of 'In The Throes Of It' which weighs in at over 7 mins.

There really isn't a bad track here from the openening few bars of the poppy 'First Growth' to the CD closer 'Bust It' but my highlights at the moment (although these have changed with repeated listens) are the squelching 'Here We Go Again', the skanktastic 'Who Goes There' & the atmospheric 'Revelation' but honestly I could name about 14 of the 19 tracks as favourites including a few, of which my first imprssion was not 'particularly favourable.

Like I said, give it a few listens - it's a grower - but then the best albums often are.
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on 22 January 2012
very polished and well produced ,sorry roots but i loved the rawness of the early albums ,personally run come save me is my favourite ,i rate all his albums and longevity is hard on any artists creativity ,all in all a big improvement on slime and reason ,couple brilliant tracks couple weak tracks,but with 17 tracks and bonuses ,still a fair offering and roots is still way ahead of brit rap pack definatly worth a punt
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on 2 December 2011
I purchased this album to test out my new stereo after hearing the single on the radio. Initially I was a little bit sceptical, I did not really like Slime and Reason but loved his other three albums.

Great variety. After a couple of listens up there with his best. Back to form. Nice cd case for those that still buy CDs!

Deserves to do well but who knows nowadays in x-factor pork chop land.
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on 2 March 2012
When I first heard this album, I thought it was probably Roots best work since Run Come Save Me. I was wrong. 4everevolution is Roots Manuva's best album full stop.

The musical doodling of Run Come Save Me is gone, as- to a large extent- the introspection that characterised the next two albums. What we've got here is an album brimming with ideas, some of the best lyrics of Roots garlanded career and backed up with some very memorable tunes.

The highlights of the album, for me, Here We Go Again, Who Goes There, Watch Me Dance, Revelation, Go Champ and the way it's followed by the brilliant Get The Get.

Everyone should buy this album, it's brilliant.
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on 27 November 2011
This album is off the chain. I haven't really rated any of his albums since Awfully Deep but this one sounds like he's been given a new lease of life and laid down a debut album full of energy and excitement. There are the trademark brooding elements and heavy bass lines but there is so much more as well. It's a real grower and rewards each listen. It show a real progression in Roots Manuva's music and a new vitality, it really feels like an evolution of his sound. I think this album will open him up to a much wider fan base while still keeping the people who were there with him at Brand New Second Hand and Run Come Save Me more than happy. Great piece of work. Buy it.
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on 14 April 2015
If you loved Run come save me and Brand new second hand then do not buy this album! Thought I would give him another try after disappointing previous album (based on other reviews in here) but this truly is a dire piece of work. Everything that made Roots great has been chewed up in a slick production machine. Utter dross, purchase at your peril!
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on 14 November 2011
This is a seriously good album. I've enjoyed his previous albums, but this is just awesome! So many styles and not a weak tune in sight. So many stand out tracks and hooks which will have you (and your wife and kids!) humming and singing them over and over again. Can't wait for the tour in the new year.
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on 15 November 2012
Not quite scaling similar heights in comparison to the very best of his back catalogue, but lyrically still consistently smarter & funnier than the rest and backed by the usual incessantly inventive rhythms. Also RM shows his ability with melody too; a talent his contemporaries seem to singularly lack.
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on 2 January 2014
Anyone saying this album was good is lying, the production isn't bad but Roots has grown lazy in his rhymes, I would recommend a listen as they're are a few good tracks on it but apart from that very disappointed, if there was ever a time an artist has run out of things to say its now, a lot of Hip-Hop is on the desperado and brain drain tip.
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on 16 June 2012
i love his sincerity. he reminds me of Kate Bush is this sense. what a welcome in my life this album is. first growth is my favorite at the moment. i only found out about roots manuva a couple of years ago and love all his albums in different ways an for different reasons and moods.
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