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Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color

Brother AliAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 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 (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,824 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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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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4 of 5 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So-so January 25, 2013
By b
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 6/10 - Disappointing November 23, 2012
Format:Audio CD
There's only one word to describe this new Brother Ali album: lackluster. In the months leading up to its release this album sounded like it was going to be fantastic, but sadly the end result is nothing short of average. Maybe the flame died out because Ant wasn't part of the project? I really don't know, I just wish I enjoyed this album more than I did.

Lyrically Ali is average on this using a lot of one syllable rhymes. For someone that's been in the game for over a decade there's really no excuse when 95% of the rhymes in your verse are one syllable. He's at the point in his career where he should be spitting multi's like it was nothing. It really baffles me.

Content wise the album isn't bad, but Ali lacks any sort of energy on here. I kept finding myself bored because there isn't any sort of life in his delivery. We have Ali talking about normal Ali topics, but that means nothing when it lacks any sort of intensity. I mean he's talking about some serious topics you'd think he'd have a little bit of anger/power in his voice, but there's nothing.

The production on this isn't terrible, but as many others have said Jake One isn't Ant. I'm usually one who enjoys Jake One's production, but his production on here feels like Ali's rhymes, lifeless. There's no passion, there's no energy. I don't know. After hearing "Writers Block" and "Not A Day Goes By" I was expecting a lot more from this album. Maybe I was just expecting too much.

Standout Songs: "Only Life I Know" & "Mourning In America"

Overall Score: 6/10 - I really wanted to enjoy this, but the end result is pretty disappointing. It's possible I had my expectations set too high, either way there's not much I can do about it now. If you're a fan of Ali I would still recommend you check this out, you might enjoy more than I did.
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2 of 3 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 Great album July 1, 2013
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Brother Ali brings the truth again May 28, 2013
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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 country, or his beliefs. I would love for every single American to hear "Letter to my Countrymen" instead of the junk that is spread to the masses. I know that many people cannot handle the level of thinking and integrity that Brother Ali has, but if we could get more people to listen to his words with an open mind, we would live in a better world.
In terms of music and catchiness, this is not his best album (I would still say The Undisputed Truth holds that title). Then again, Brother Ali is not setting out to make radio friendly music- he is making what he feels in his heart and that always deserves more than one listen. The more you listen to this album, the more it will grow on you. I love the first five tracks and "My Beloved" and there is still more that I have not listened to closely enough yet.
Support integrity in music- buy this album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 12 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 12 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 13 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 13 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 14 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 14 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 14 months ago by Amanda Olds
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This album is amazing, listened to all the songs in a row and before I knew it the music was done playing. Great album, if you love hip-hop you need to get this.
Published 15 months ago by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic album
Brother Ali is a great inspiration and lyricist. Heavy with heart and great beats. He makes me proud to be from MN.

Buy it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Album
Great lyricist. Mature Hip-Hop perspective. Enjoyed the topics, beats and vibe. Brother Ali took me on a journey with this one.
Published 15 months ago by Mike Glasco
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