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Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color

Brother AliAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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For the first time in his life, Brother Ali has been enjoying some day-to-day stability. Gone is the turbulent marriage to his first wife, homelessness, and the associated drama—all of which Ali openly documented on his last LP, The Undisputed Truth.

His new album, Us, is a progression that will establish Brother Ali as one of Hip Hop’s most enduring figures. While ... Read more in Amazon's Brother Ali Store

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  • Audio CD (September 18, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhymesayers
  • ASIN: B008CVIR2C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,797 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Letter To My Countrymen
2. Only Life I Know
3. Stop The Press
4. Mourning In America
5. Gather Round
6. Work Everyday
7. Need a Knot
8. Won More Hit
9. Say Amen
10. Fajr
11. Namesake
12. All You Need
13. My Beloved
14. Singing This Song

Editorial Reviews

Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color finds Brother Ali reborn and rejuvenated. On his fourth full length studio album Ali teams up with seasoned producer Jake One (50 Cent, De La Soul, T.I., Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa) to tell a very different American story as he addresses the plights of our nation. This is Brother Ali as you've never heard him before.

Custom CD packaging includes 80 panel fold out poster with original painted US flag artwork and lyrics.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece added to a powerful legacy September 18, 2012
Format:Audio CD
If you're looking this up, I'm assuming that you already know who Brother Ali is and his style for music. I won't break this down track-by-track; I really believe that that wouldn't do this album justice. Maybe I'll edit this later and actually do a breakdown.

For those familiar with Brother Ali, you're aware that this is an album packed with a wealth of opinions. Not political or anything, for the opinions presented in this album can be understood by any person, not a label of Democrat of Republican. You know that voice that a lot of use wish would straight-up say what's going on in this mess of a world we live in? That voice is here, and it's called Brother Ali. It's not all gloomy...he presents it in a way that shows hope for the future through love. Short of describing it as the anger/hunger/love that Brother Ali is known for, I don't know the words to describe it.

Two tracks on this album really stand out to me and are the most powerful. They are as follows:

12 - All You Need --- A powerful song from Brother Ali to Faheem describing things that went on in his infant stage that we the listeners were never aware of. This song, in my opinion, is the most heartfelt song on the album. This song has the making of Brother Ali reaching a point of calm after the turmoil he's been through, and is singing his lullaby to Faheem. "Faheem we can see the thrown from here | I may never sit there, but brother you're the heir" Imagine the raw emotion from "Rain Water," "Here," "Babygirl," etc. This song is a very powerful song, and the chorus, in my opinion, helps it.

13 - My Beloved --- This is Brother Ali saying his thanks to the caring souls that have helped him out along his journey of healing himself and figuring things out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars rhymesayer October 5, 2012
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Dear Amazon,

Thank you for allowing me to purchase the album from the big brother Ali. But why are you selling clean copies without clearly saying that the album is clean. I'm still going to play it at high volumes, but I would love to hear the album as it was recorded.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So-so January 25, 2013
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Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Brother Ali works best with Ant at the helm. I found this album to be not as consistently good as Us. Us was just a fantasic album from beginning to end. This album just has a scattering of a few good songs. A Letter to My Countrymen and Mourning in America are fantastic, every thing else is rather mediocre. Brother Ali should have saved the best tracks off his last EP (Bite Marked Heart) and put them in this one for a more solid album.

I love the album artwork though.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't get me wrong, 4 is still a strong rating September 19, 2012
Format:Audio CD
This is a great CD. Is it his best work? No, but it is clearly a quality effort and a 4/5 is no injustice. Brother Ali is not holding back on his lyrics like you'd expect with some decent beats. My only small complain with this album is that there aren't any songs that are standout. All are good, none are bad, but none are amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! June 25, 2014
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Great lyrics and message. Brother Ali tells it how it T-I-IS. Strongly recommend that you check this one out soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally another rapper with a conscience! May 8, 2014
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We need more hip hop artists like Ali who rap about topics important to society, not just about superficial things.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful sounding and looking vinyl April 17, 2014
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
I love the way this vinyl looks! Beautiful translucent vinyls with one having red splatter and the other blue. It sounds amazing and comes with a huge poster that's really cool. Definitely suggest this album! Perfect flow that's almost gospel like and meaningful lyrics all along with beats that fit his style to the T. Only complaint is that the sleeves are horrible, but that's why I have replacement master sleeves for after I clean my vinyl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album July 1, 2013
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One of the best albums of 2012. Brother Ali killed it!!! The Only album better from 2012, in my opinion, is good kid m.a.a.d. City
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Brother Ali brings the truth again
I really appreciate the level of sincerity and heart that Brother Ali brings to his art. He never holds back the truth to spare anyone, whether it be his family, the state of this... Read more
Published 14 months ago by A_Federal
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing lyrics that discuss problems in America
This guy is a great rapper all his lyrics discuss problems of injustice and corruption in America and honestly he just speaks the truth.
Published 15 months ago by Benjamin Kerensa
5.0 out of 5 stars The quintessential Brother Ali
I'll be frank, this is Ali's best work to date. Real Hip-Hop lives and this man is a big reason why this is so. If you haven't bought this album yet, get it now.
Published 16 months ago by NG
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality
Although I do miss Ant's production on this album, Jake One's more subdued style doesn't hurt the work at all. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Matt Purifoy
4.0 out of 5 stars MESSAGE MUSIC that is not PREACHY
There is a fine line when it comes to CONSCIENCE music, Some times getting a message across takes away from the entertainment value, Not here, BROTHER ALI can spit rhymes and... Read more
Published 16 months ago by REGINALD
4.0 out of 5 stars Perspective
I appreciated looking at the world througha different pair of eyes that saw the same things I did. As a aficionado of this genre I really enjoyed the cadance, lyrics, & beats. Read more
Published 17 months ago by StephLuv
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best hip hop albums of 2013
I don't see how anyone who likes hip hop doesn't like this album. Brother Ali puts out another sensational album. Read more
Published 17 months ago by RexMagnus
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ALBUM
Everyone should listen to this album. It is worth every penny. I love it and the immediate download is so great!!
Published 18 months ago by Amanda Olds
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