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The one we've been waiting for
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.