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on April 5, 2012
First, let me say that I am an AVID Roots fan. "Things Fall Apart", "Illadelph Halflife", "Game Theory", "Do You Want More?" and "How I Got Over" are some of my favorite albums and are some of the most underrated albums of all time, in my opinion. But "Rising Down", "Phrenology", and "Undun" leave A LOT to be desired.
The Roots have set such a high standard with their ground breaking material and sensational live performances that diehards like myself tend to get spoiled sometimes. This album, while not a total waste, reminds me that The Roots are mere mortals like the rest of us and can sometimes disappoint. Why am I disappointed? Well for one, most of the songs are way too short: 7 of the 14 tracks are under 3 minutes long! If that doesn't scream rip off, I don't know what does. And those same songs (true, some are simply interludes...which is even worse) are some avant-garde stuff (Will To Power?) that is not at all flattering to my ears. Some of it is classical, which IS pleasing to my ears but seems so wildly out of place on this album.
With the negative out of the way, here is a list of some of the more noteworthy tracks:
- One Time (Good.)
- I Remember (Sounds great, though lacks sufficient lyrical content. Leaves you wanting more.)
- Lighthouse (We've all been here before. Listen to the lyrics, I won't spoil it.)
- The Other Side (Top notch. Period)
- Make My (Heavy, but kinda weird vibe here, can't describe it. The video brings the feeling home.)
Look, I get that artists need to explore and broaden their artistic visions in order to grow. But this album seems to stagger too much, lacking equilibrium and artistic direction. If I know The Roots, the product will be a bit tighter next time.