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4.0 out of 5 stars Great but Dark, 10 July 2008
This review is from: Rising Down (Audio CD)
I recieved and started listening to this album a while ago, Amazon always deliver within a reasonable time in my experience.

Now to the album, On the first listen I vibed with it, The only other Roots album I'd heard was "Phrenology" and so I was a little surprised as to the nature and tone of the album although the quality is just as good.

The Tone:
Be warned the mood of this album is quite dark and even menacing at times with songs like "Rising Down", "Singing Man" & "Unwritten" as it seems as though the group are addresing Issues in their own way with dark Production from ?uestlove and with help of some great emcees such as Talib Kweli and Mos Def who spit pure Gold.

The Quality:
The Roots have always been very selective and persistant on providing nothing but their best efforts on their albums whether it be choosing the best suited guest vocals or guest emcees and "Rising Down" is no different.
Master strokes such as Christette Michele's Vocals and the new & exciting emcee Wale's verse on "Rising up" will leave you with that certain song in your head not only for days but in my case; weeks lol.

Another work of art was Saigon's verse on "Criminal" which is a different but excellent song with strong and true verses from Sai and Black Thought. And I leave it to you to hear what they spit about.

My Favourate songs:
"Blacks Reconstruction(75 Bars)" (apparently Black Thought spat all that in ONE TAKE!) That has brilliant drums from
?uestlove.

"Get Busy" great high Tempo song, (listen out for Peedi Crack's Verse who astonishingly matches Black Thoughts intensity on the track)

"Rising Up" & "Criminal" (see both above)

If your a Roots fan you need this album, If you regard yourself as a HIP HOP fan as opposed to a RAP fan, you need this album.
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