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2 - False Media (2:43)
3 - Game Theory (4:01)
4 - Don't Feel Right (4:08)
5 - In The Music (4:06)
6 - Take It There (2:50)
7 - Baby (2:50)
8 - Here I Come (4:11)
9 - Long Time (4:21)
10 - Livin' In A New World (1:47)
11 - Clock With No Hands (4:23)
12 - Atonement (2:35)
13 - Can't Stop This (8:35)
UK Bonus Track
14 - Bread And Butter (3:40)
Top Customer Reviews
The resulting effort is a rewarding listen, buoyed by the return of Malik B and excellent guitar work from new member Captain Kirk, whose onstage antics were a highlight of last year's international shows. Black Thought also brings a renewed energy to his role as frontman of what is far and away the best hip hop band in the world.
Highlights include the fury and energy of In The Music and Here I Come, the shuffling, strangely compelling Baby, and the soulful, uplifting Long Time, which may be the catchiest Roots track since The Seed 2.0. The album also doesn't want for variety, with Livin' In The New World evoking the nerdy funk of Beck and the Beastie Boys and the languid Atonement built around a sample from Radiohead's You and Whose Army.
All in all, a beautiful and powerful album from hip hop's finest.
On that note, I'll just say: this album is killer. Their first album on DefJam (one of the founding father labels of hiphop) and in my opinion it at least matches any of their best works. The tracks flow together like a mixtape and showcase a great diversity between songs. My favourite songs on the album are In The Music (Malik B is back!!) and Long Time, but they're all so consistent it would be hard not to list the whole tracklist. A special mention goes to Atonement (track 12), because it samples 'You And Whose Army?' by Radiohead; my favourite band next to The Roots themselves.
In short, if you like music, go and buy this album. If you like real hip hop, well, you should have it already.
To begin, I'm not planning to compare it to prior albums--since we all have favorites, and taste is ultimately a personal thing--but I'll say that considering this album a lesser outing than whichever Roots' CD you already adore is a huge disservice to this music. Game Theory is very strong, both musically and lyrically.
Although, more than any prior releases, this is a "suite" of songs rather than a collection, there are several tracks that simply stand out. The "in-your-face" message of "False Media," the gorgeous and thoughtful "Clock With No Hands," or "Can't Stop This"--a moving tribute to the late J-Dilla--are, each in its own way, truly remarkable. This is not to say that greatness stops there but there has been enough said about other tracks already, along with the praise justly given to the augmented band, in which "Captain Kirk" Douglas' guitar shines throughout.
In the midst of endless and pathetic reality shows, and the constant media covering of worthless celebrities's innermost inane life events, The Roots remind us without apologizing that things are ... well, pretty screwed up. In that sense--along with some of the work of Kanye West, Eminem and Commom, to name a few--these guys follow on the illustrious politically conscious Rap path blazed by Public Enemy.
PS: Although not a friend of "clean" versions--I believe an artist words must be respected even when they may not be comfortable or appropriate by one's standards--I hope that having the option of both releases increases even further The Roots' following. They are definitely worth it, and their message much needed.
There's a well crafted mix of hip hop, funk and rock in this album. It's almost what hip hop needed. I can imagine a live show would be a stand out too.
There are many albums out today that have a few good tracks which you'll listen to but this plays as an album not just an excuse to press the skip button. There are a couple of tracks near the end of the album that are slightly poorer (I think) than the rest, not really feeling "Clock With no Hands." Still, it deserves 5 stars. Buy it, whatever your main attraction in music is, so long as you're open, you won't be dissapointed! Game Theory will certainly remain a stand out classic in my collection from now on, amongst all genres.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great album,Black Thought always on point great lyrics great delivery great instrumentals showing the the roots never disappoint when drop a album.Published on 12 Sept. 2013 by BrunoCerqueira
I actually wasn't that fussed about Phrenology but Game Theory has an intensity and edge that completely worked for me. Read morePublished on 15 Nov. 2012 by OneSixty_Eight
This 4 me is the best roots album!i love it great buy so if u like the roots then pick it upPublished on 4 May 2008 by CRAZE
You can only hope that the story Hip Hop of echoes the story of Def Jam. This once proud and inspirational label fell off after selling out (admittedly the only way they could have... Read morePublished on 20 Dec. 2006 by D. B. Parker
I only got into the Roots with their last album (The Tipping Point)and I have to say that I found Game Theory to be funkier and more consistent. Read morePublished on 22 Oct. 2006 by DokDoom