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  • Audio CD (3 Oct. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Big Dada
  • ASIN: B005DTXD2U
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. First Growth
  2. Here We Go Again
  3. Skid Valley
  4. Who Goes There?
  5. Watch Me Dance?
  6. Revelation
  7. Wha' Mek?
  8. Takes Time
  9. Beyond This World
  10. Go Champ
  11. Get The Get
  12. Crow Bars
  13. The Throes Of It
  14. Noddy
  15. Much Too Plush
  16. The Path
  17. Banana Skank
  18. Snakebite *
  19. Bust It *

Product Description

Product Description

Roots Manuva's fifth studio album is his most expansive, ambitious and addictive since `Run Come Save Me'. 17 tracks of trademark, next-level, thematic hip hop covering all aspects of Rodney Smith's personality.
CD comes in deluxe, hard slipcase with extra wide digipack and 16 page booklet. Also features two bonus tracks.

BBC Review

One of the most agreeable recent developments in the making of long-playing records has been the rediscovery of brevity. Whether the reasons are aesthetic or cynical, the last 10 years or so has seen a gradual return to the short, sharp 40-minute album after all the turgid, filler and skit-filled self-indulgences of the 1990s. So it was cause for concern when one noticed that the fifth album proper by veteran British rapper/producer Rodney Smith, aka Roots Manuva, featured as many as 19 tracks and ran to just under an hour. Especially because its predecessor, 2008's Slime & Reason, was a somewhat dispiriting affair which sounded like the lugubrious but charming south Londoner had become lost in a world of introspection and self-pity. An hour of dense, low-tempo grumbles about money and disillusion? Not an exciting prospect.

Thankfully, it turns out that 4everevolution is long because Smith seems, since relocating to Sheffield and working occasionally with South Yorkshire neighbour and mischievous dance producer Toddla T, to have hit the richest creative vein of his accomplished career. This outstanding long-player is, by some distance, his best yet, combining the squelchy beats and Brit-Jamaican humour he is known for with a musical eclecticism and experimental joy that is entirely new.

Unlike the traditional hip hop album, 4everevolution sees Smith plus various members of his Banana Klan crew swapping 'real' instruments, mixing them with Smith's trademark, bass-heavy electronics and building tracks that sound spontaneous, completely un-generic and packed with excitement, adventure and optimism. Amongst these tracks, there isn't one that feels superfluous. And Smith's refusal to follow any current trend in pop-rap or urban dance production ensures that every one is a sonic surprise.

There are guest spots - including Skin and Cass from Skunk Anansie on Skid Valley's punchy social commentary, Toddla T on Watch Me Dance, and Australian producers Dizz1 and Monkeymarc on the outstanding Here We Go Again and Who Goes There? respectively - but every collaborator here surrenders to Smith's freewheeling but entirely focused sonic vision. Highlights are the gothadelic The Throes of It; the loose, almost punk-funkish Noddy; the witty, loved-up G-funk of Much Too Plush; and the mutant dubstep of The Path, which showcases the deliciously weird female vocals of new discovery Elan Tamara. And in the synthetic steel-pan ballad Wha' Mek? - one of three tunes in which Smith proves that he's almost as good a singer as rapper - he has a post-Mike Skinner dysfunctional love song that could, perhaps, be the hit single that has proved so elusive to him.

The album also takes in prowling street-rap, upbeat disco throwbacks, reggae and dancehall ragamuffin anthems, Stevie Wonder and George Clinton references a-plenty and a feeling that you've been invited to an all-weekend party in a recording studio with several of the most talented people you'll ever meet. It's a pure, you're-only-as-old-as-you-feel joy to hear British hip hop's most original and inspiring voice hitting his peak as he approaches his 40th year.

--Garry Mulholland

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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