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3 Years 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life of--

Arrested DevelopmentAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 24, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000003JBE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,800 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Man's Final Frontier
2. Mama's Always On Stage
3. People Everyday
4. Blues Happy
5. Mr. Wendal
6. Children Play With Earth
7. Raining Revolution
8. Fishin' 4 Religion
9. Give A Man A Fish
10. U
11. Eve Of Reality
12. Natural
13. Dawn Of The Dreads
14. Tennessee
15. Washed Away
16. People Everyday (Metamorphosis Mix)

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With their feel-good humanism, uniquely rural perspective, and melodic blend of funk and rap, Arrested Development seemed like the next big thing in 1992. The group hailed from Atlanta, which was not then a capital of hip-hop and R&B, and this, their debut recording, won the Village Voice's Pazz & Jop critics poll. Speech, the primary lyricist, wrote and delivered eloquent attacks on gangsta rap's mindless nihilism: the band's first hit, "Tennessee," spoke of reclaiming Southern black traditions from the racism that sullied their memory, while their second, "People Everyday," deftly updated the Sly Stone classic. Although Speech's rapping style was not distinctive, Dionne Farris's keening vocals highlighted the band's front line. Unfortunately, Speech began to run short of ideas and the band failed to maintain the high standards that this debut set. They disbanded a few years later. --Martin Johnson

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I draw strength from this CD March 20, 2005
Format:Audio CD
When this CD first came out I was 10 years old and I loved it. I bought the tape and listened to it all the time. I made a back-up copy of the tape and listened to both till they were destroyed.

A few weeks ago I stepped into the library and picked this CD up and I can't stop listening to it. I can now understand many of the lyrics that didn't quite catch when I was younger. I also think that I draw a lot of strength from this CD.

The music itself is innovative and wonderful. But the lyrics are truly powerful and seem to affirm the choices I have thus far made in my life. These songs discuss the importance of mothers and fathers raising their children, respecting all people (tribute to a homeless man "Mr. Wendal"), valuing nature (Children Play with Earth), the importance of marriage ("U"), and being honest and natural in a relationship ("Natural").

There are some aspects of the songs that I find more spiritual than religious although there are many reference to God. I am not particularly religious and don't think it comes off as being too preachy. There are also many calls to a revolution that seem almost silly but it is very tied to the poetics of original rap music (before it was swept away by gangsta rap).

Although I am not black, I am an immigrant and relate very much with their most famous song "Tennessee" which discusses a nostalgic reconnection to the violence of African American past in the United States. It's dealt with in a way that is mature, deep and intelligent.

A lot of intelligent beautiful rap music exits. This is a great place to start. Here are some other artists you may also enjoy: Spearhead, Blackalicious, Jurassic 5, The Roots, Ms. Dynamite, Public Enemy, Mos Def, Talib Kweli.

Take care of yourself.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational! a hard act to follow...... March 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album is definitely unlike the majority of r&b/hip hop albums from 1992 (when it was first released) or the music of today. For starters, the lyrics are not misogynistic, violent or about drug use. They go deeper, and penetrate your thoughts.

The title refers to the duration of time it took to find a distributor and finally record this album. Though, it is unbelieveable, to me, that while a duo like Milli Vanelli can lyp synch their way to a GRAMMY, Marky Mark can drop his pants and become a model for Calvin Klein, posing in his tighty whities, and yet and yet an intelligent, thoughtful and beautiful group with affirmative content in their songs has to wait THREE years to even get a record deal! What a world!

Arrested Development mixes rap (by leader of the band, and lyricist, Speech), the stirring African drum rhythms and arrangements and the powerful vocals of the great Dionne Farris. It's like taking a musical journey, filling your ears with truthful and poetic messages about poverty and humanity ("Mr. Wendel"), anti-"gangsta" inspired messages about treating young Black women with respect ("Everyday People"), and taking an introspective look at the racism of the South and the ghosts that continue to haunt the descendants of slaves ("Tennessee").

This band was made up of a great group of storytellers, and it is truly a shame that they weren't able to continue together for more than a couple of years. We need you, Speech! We need to hear from the poets who take their gifts and use them to educate, not escalate.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and inspirational June 14, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This innovative album opens with Man's Final Frontier, a funky number with lots of scratching and samples. It is followed by the amazingly positive and life-affirming Mama's Always On Stage and People Everyday, black pride anthem and intelligent protest against violence.
Mr Wendall is another gem of a song, about homelessness and recognising the dignity in others. It also has a most compelling arrangement and gripping vocals. Arrested Development highlights personal and social problems without sounding preachy.
The jazzy Raining Revolution is a moving spiritual rap, and Fishin' 4 Religion is a critical look at organized religion. The energetic Give A Man A Fish deals with the music business whilst the bubbly uptempo U and the gentle, melodious Natural are about love and relationships.
Dawn Of The Dreads has lots of pop appeal with its catchy sung parts alternating with the rap; Tennessee has soulful female vocals, and the album concludes on a high note with the spiritual poem Washed Away. What a great album, so original in sound and uplifting in spirit! It encompasses a stunning variety of styles in a set of highly accomplished songs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You Baba Oje! August 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
It is a true pity that our people are so eager to line the pockets of filthmongering materialistic hip-crap, and leaving eloquent and sincere artists like A.D. out to dry.

This album was positivity pure and simple. The message was strength but also intelligence. We can be poets too. The pen is mightier than the sword.

How many other groups out there subscribe to the African concept of respecting the elders? But Speech and Co. brought Baba Oje with them for spiritual guidance, and he gave them plenty!

The music is soft and deep and beautiful. An anthem for our people, and a prayer of hope.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrested Development Tells a Story
This group isn't gangster. This group isn't hard core.

This album teaches, this album speaks to you and tells a story.

Mr. Read more
Published 5 months ago by BookNerd Extraordinaire
4.0 out of 5 stars A message
Loved this album so much, I still listen to it at least once a month. I continue to try and listen for the messages that were in every song and pass them down to my little nieces... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Journeygurl
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrested Development
I enjoyed listening to the entire CD even though I bought it especially for 2 specific songs. I even found another song I liked listening to.
Published 8 months ago by LORETTA C. TAYLOR
5.0 out of 5 stars Hip-Hop As Art
This is one of the few hip-hop albums I listen to relentlessly. It still sounds as fresh today as 20 years ago.
Published 13 months ago by Daniel Lloyd
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick delivery
Great Compact Disc, very quick turnaround. Excellent hip-hop and message to the album, great product everyone should own this album
Published 13 months ago by Josh Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars owbed it previousl but could find it so bougha replacement
Great album, timeless messages. They are still around in 2013 recently saw them at a free concert here in DC. Incredible performers.
Published 15 months ago by S. A. Abbbas
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THESE GUYS!!!!
This group got me through high school, there veiws may not always been shared with others but it never be argued that the points are not valid.
Published 16 months ago by Taiwah Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars You will MOVE, it will MOVE you!!!
Great CD - was in love with this band in HS. Tennessee is still one of my favorite songs and one of my FAVORITE places to visit. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jamie Huntington
3.0 out of 5 stars cool
not hardcore gangsta. it's that open your eyes and celebrate life music. I liked it. It's a soothing listen. I was chillin on the bike at the time.
Published 22 months ago by Alex Dionisio
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
Amazon is such a wonderful place to shop. I owned this as a tape many years ago and heard the music on the radio and remembered how much I liked this group. Read more
Published on March 20, 2012 by February patterns and plans
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