• Record Label: Big Dada
  • Release Date: Oct 25, 2011
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Sep 23, 2011
    90
    It's a pure, you're-only-as-old-as-you-feel joy to hear British hip hop's most original and inspiring voice hitting his peak as he approaches his 40th year.
  2. Nov 21, 2011
    85
    Converts to the cause will find much to love here, and curious newcomers and Anglophiles, it's as good a place as any to start. [#82, p.58]
  3. Sep 28, 2011
    80
    Intense, cutting and clever, this is an album that unfolds at a near blistering pace.
  4. Sep 28, 2011
    80
    British rapper ups the stakes with boundary-stretching pop turn. [Oct 2011, p.94]
  5. Sep 27, 2011
    80
    Brit rapper Rodney Smith takes a big step towards national treasure status on sobering fifth album. [Oct 2011, p.99]
  6. Sep 26, 2011
    80
    4everevolution is an appropriately titled, subtle progression which proves that intelligent hip-hop and accessible urban pop don't have to be mutually exclusive, and in the process, Roots Manuva has produced his best record since his 2001 breakthrough, Run Come Save Me.
  7. Sep 26, 2011
    80
    Not all of 4everevolution shines--tracks such as "First Growth" feel like Manuva by numbers--but there are some gems here, and it's good to hear the veteran south London rapper adapting his gruff tones to such a wide variety of material.
  8. Sep 23, 2011
    80
    The production is crisp and varied; Roots' warm vocal typically hits with soul without being too forcefully firebrand and constant changes in style and tempo gives 4Everevolution the energy to see it through.
  9. Sep 23, 2011
    80
    Nearing his 40th birthday, he has delivered an album that's contemplative, insightful and filled with a beleaguered sense of the hard-scrabble nature of contemporary life.
  10. 80
    It's a more considered and persuasive analysis than most of his younger, grimier peers can offer.
  11. Oct 3, 2011
    74
    As seventeen-track records go, it's edible, and should qualify him for another wave of buzz when the Mercurys come round next year.
  12. 70
    With 4everevolution Smith continues to avoid the genre's default Americanisms and instead dabbles in proggy electronic wizardry ('In The Throes Of It'), warped R&B ('Takes Time To') and sleekly produced, astute socio-political commentary ('Who Goes There?').
  13. Nov 10, 2011
    60
    While these lighter moments feel necessary over the course of a casual listen, one can't help but wonder if a whole album of the doubt and discovery of self-examination would have made for a more compelling statement.
  14. Oct 27, 2011
    60
    The production is eclectic, yet cohesive to a fault; too many tracks melt together. A solid 15 minutes could be chipped from this album's slightly daunting 65-minute running time, and its quality wouldn't be worsened.
  15. Oct 12, 2011
    60
    It may not be his finest hour, but that doesn't mean it's without value. Yes, there are both righteous highs and tedious lows, but the inspired moments are worth cherishing.
  16. Oct 4, 2011
    60
    4everevolution is a multi-faceted, varied album that will not please all the people all of the time.
  17. Sep 23, 2011
    60
    As a whole, 4everevolution lacks the decisive sonic focus his fierce and funny lyrical barbs deserve. [Oct 2011, p.98]
  18. Sep 23, 2011
    60
    His fifth album, however, finds him still in peak form, voicing socially aware hip hop and outré electro-disco, all with an eloquence which often eludes the newer generation.
  19. Oct 27, 2011
    50
    The problem with 4everevolution is that it takes too long to get to the good moments.

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