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  • Audio CD (28 April 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mercury Records Ltd (London)
  • ASIN: B0016MJ2UA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,692 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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With a solid following in Australia, news of a brand new album from The Roots will have the Hip Hop world alight with anticipation, The video for the track 75 Bars has already been leaked online by the band and if this track is anything to go by, the album will be up there with the bands best work.

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The roots have never put out a bad album. The 2 singles "Get Busy" and "75 Bars" are 2 of the best tracks of the year. Black Thought is on fire! Good production, top guests and the usual unique Roots sound.
Definitly worth having, along with all their other albums!
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Hhhhmmmm!!!!!

Truth be told, when I first heard this I was a little disappointed to say the least. I hadn't expected this act of hip hop rebellious anarchism at all, I expected the roots to drop a hip-hop album that sounded, well like pure hip hop - straight forward heavy beats, serious scratches, mellowed out beats etc but as I said before, I hadn't expected this madness. It did take me a while to get with the new style of beats and when I opened up my mind and broadened my horizons a bit, I thought oh ok, this is not bad and slowly, bit by bit, I began to appreciate what the roots had done. I mean the only song I initially liked was `rising down' with mos def and that `birthday girl' song was interesting in that it was different. A few more listens in my car and I was like, hold on this song is not bad, that track with Peedi Peedi and Dise Raw `get busy' is a serious head banger and everyone comes correct on this, I am not a fan of Peedi Peedi but he smacks this track...then I heard `criminal' again and this sounded hot, then I heard the `I will not apologise' and that track with common and I was like damn, this is kind'a heavy.

I mean the album does sound quite rocky and that's what put me off first, I remember listening to Mos Def's New Danger and thinking the same thing so when I first heard this, I was like oh no...but this is actually quite good in that its different and it blends hip-hop and rock in a way only the roots would do it, ?uestlove is serious with his drumming especially on `get busy'...Its one to soak it, let it permeate through and challenge what you think and expect hip-hop to sound like and you will like the album, well at least enjoy half of it. I still skip quite a few tracks on it coz they just too rocky but overall, the album was worth my £9.
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Aaaah.

The Roots.

Seems odd now, to me, that a mere 15 years on since their debut, this amazing band seems to still have to justify its artistic originality and be judged by other hip hop acts' standards, as they are more and more unique and without fearing serious contenders in their category. Category ? Well, that could even sound weird or irrelevant in the case of The Roots, who've been through proto-Acid Jazz meanderings ("Do You Want More ?"), hip-hop live fusion of the highest order ("Illadelph Life", "Things Fall Apart"), experimentations whose limit could only be the sky ("Phrenology"), classic club cuts redefining dancefloor ("The Tipping Point") and wry, darker, commentary on the sour moods of our times in the shape of their last record, 2006's "Game Theory".

That last album, oddly enough once again, was their Def Jam debut, and A&R man Jay Z seemed to have allowed them maximum freedom, as they both never sounded so relaxed AND unafraid to push further the boundaries of their extraordinary musicianship and inventiveness. Now comes "Rising Down", their 8th studio release proper, and the title itself sums perfectly the whole spirit of that follow-up; after having sampled Radiohead and took a much darker direction both lyrically and sonically, The Roots have at last found a niche where they are both at home and rewardingly creative like they've never been before.

Its starts off with an explosive intro consisting in a one-minute angry argument over a phone conference followed by 2 of their harder grooves to date; the desolated title track, featuring the great underrated Mos Def, and "Get Busy", all saturated drums and pulsating bass.
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Got this on pre-order.. it arrived same day release.

I love the roots - was really excited when i saw a new album for them.

Got to admit that their last couple have taken time to grow on me, the tipping point and game theory - they both did grow on me.

I listened to this new album once - didnt click with it.. I listened to it a 2nd time some hours later - still wasnt feeling it.. I then listened to it a 3rd time after a smoke - it still didnt sound right.

It is the roots but not quite right - it almost feels a little 'rocky' to me and a little overly heavy on the beats - thought i was listening to a rock/rap album at several points.

I know this isnt helpful but anyone who loved Cypress Hills albums until they started throwing in guitars all over the shop will know what i mean with this.

At work at the miinute so dont have time to write much.

this is a 3 out of 5 album which hopefully will sound better after more listens.

get their old albums before this tho if u not really heard much of the roots.
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