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Things Fall Apart

The RootsVinyl
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)

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From Philly street corner buskers to hip-hop pioneers to perpetually touring live act to late-night television house band, legendary hip-hop group The Roots have never been one to rest on their laurels. After more than 15 years, the critically acclaimed, award-winning band continues to reinvent themselves and remains one of music’s most enduring and forward-thinking groups.

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: MCA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #924,400 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical artistry at its very best June 26, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Roots are phenomenal, the most musically gifted hip-hop group ever. I mean, they have got it all: live bass and drums, a human rhythm section, dope MCs, and so on. If you've ever seen them live, you know what I'm talking about. These cats are truly artists, not simply musicians. The creativity and skill that each member possesses is mind blowing, especially drummer ?uestlove. This album jives and grooves like very few ever have, especially hip-hop ones. "Things Fall Apart" could be a avant-garde jazz album, if the vocals were removed. But MCs Black Thought and Malik B are like instruments themselves, deftly flowing along with the rest of the group while displaying incredible lyric dexterity. This is a mainstream album, but as conscious and--for lack of a better word--"real" as anything coming out of the underground. There are no weak spots, and plenty of strong ones. Check out "Dynamite", "Double Trouble", and "The Next Movement" especially.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing January 11, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I'm seen The Roots do lots of innovative things over the years but this has to be the sum of those hard years toiling. This album is wide range. "The Next Movement" can bang in clubs. "Act Too: Love of My Life" can hold you down when you relax at home being introspect. "Without a Doubt" is the ideal track when you want to remember old-school hip-hop without having to dig through your crates. This album does soooo many different things and encompasses soooo many different moods, but at no time does it seem thrown together like a compilation album. It remains coherent partly because each track was sequenced to almost queue up the next song. The interludes flowed smoothly in and out without breaking up the feeling of the overall composition. The band was at their best. Even the human beatboxes (Scratch & Rahzel) were employed thoughtfully. While Black Thought was at the top of his game as the group MC, guest appearances by Common, Mos Def, Dice Raw and Eve were strong enough to be memorable but sparse enough to not take away from the groups efforts. Even secondary group MC, Malik B, lends expert verses where necessary. And to close out the album, Ursula Rucker tells her most chilling and personal poem ever. Point blank, THIS ALBUM IS DOPE!!!! If you don't get your hands on Things Fall Apart, you are doing yourself a great disservice. (P.S. keep listening after Ursula Rucker's poem)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best! and still getting better May 24, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The Roots have improved by leaps and bounds with every successive release. Organix and Do You Want More contained that original "organic hip hop jazz" sound for which they were first noticed. However, the jam session feel to them, while being great on it's own, eventually grew tiresome. Illadelph Halflife brought in a more aggressive feel to the mix, while still maintaining a bit of the improv qualities of the first two releases. However, it made them sound more like any other rap group and less like the progressive hip hoppers that they are. Yet Illadelph also began the experiment quality that cares us into this release. On Things Fall Apart, The Roots add a new level to their music, a whole new type of refinement and sophistication. Yet while the over-all feel of the album is more polished, there are still moments that shoot back to their previous work. The jam session/bassment feel is still present, the hard edged agressiveness is still there, but both have been somewhat developed and reflect that greatly. The newest element, and the one that makes this album stand out the most among Roots releases, is the increase in knowledge of the studio and composition. These developments are reflected in the two of the earliest songs on the album, "Table of Contents" (where the instruments play in different meters much like some jazz musicians) and "Step Into the Realm" (with the drum beat fading in and out in perfect time with breaks in the lyrics, perfectly fitted and layered together). The Roots have not lost anything in their music, they have just added more (including the presence of a DJ on "The Next Movement"). Even the guests on the album are well suited for the sound. Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece. Period. May 7, 2010
Format:MP3 Music
I'm really surprised that nobody has written a review on this yet. Maybe there isn't a need for one - just because everyone know that this record is simply flawless. I mean... WOW. They bring in the jazzy funk and lay it over some tight beats courtesy of the best instrumentalist in the genre - the one and only ?uestluv! Lay Black Thought's tight, socially-conscious rhymes over all of that and you have the greatest hiphop album ever recorded. No doubt about it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second Best Hip-Hop Album November 20, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I just joined the Roots ban-wagon as Black Thought said in The Roots Come Alive, but I truly believe this album is the second best CD of all time to Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders. They pick up and slow down the tempo so well it's amazing. Next Movement and You Got Me are great singles, but 100% Dundee, Adrenaline, Dynamite, Table of Contents (pt. 1), and Step Into the Realm hold more than their own. Their unique sound is what makes the album so great. Also, the stories members of the group tell about each song (I think it's mainly ?uestlove) add a special dimension.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The Roots are always amazing. Insightful and thought-provoking music.
Published 15 hours ago by Papaya7
4.0 out of 5 stars The amazing talent on this CD is amazing
This CD is still relevant present day. The amazing talent on this CD is amazing.
Published 20 days ago by Robert Sargent
5.0 out of 5 stars Great band.
I had heard of The Roots, but wasn't familiar with their music. I bought one album and was hooked. I ended up buying Game Theory, How I Got Over, and a Things Fall Apart. Read more
Published 1 month ago by G. Robledo
5.0 out of 5 stars The Legendary Roots Crew
This album definitely epitomizes what hip hop is all about where excellent lyrical content and music production merged together to produce classic material.
Published 4 months ago by Darryl Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Roots.
If you like the roots you'll love this album. if you don't like the roots, that's fine but you're stupid and I hate you. this is their best album, don't be a hater.
Published 6 months ago by m.wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Mine And Had To Replace!
I could not find this album and had to replace it for my collection. Very good album. The Roots have yet to disappoint me.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars "Philly's Phinest"!!!
This, (in my opinion) has to be The Roots greatest body of work. I've supported, and will continue to support The Roots Crew. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kevin Dowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Things May Fall Apart, but never The Roots!
I have had this album since the moment it came out in stores to buy, and it has definitely been a favorite album of mine! I was even lucky enough to find a t-shirt of the cover. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Cenica L. Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars New cd
I thought the cd was brand new when I opened it so I was very impressed! I recommend this seller to anybody that needs a cd!
Published 15 months ago by Moe
3.0 out of 5 stars My first attempt to RAP
I am a music lover of all types..This is my first attempt to really listen to rap..I can not say it is my cup of tea
Published 15 months ago by Russell C. Peterson
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