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  • Summary: The rap outfit's first album since 1996's 'Stakes Is High' is the first in a planned trilogy.
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. The lyrics are intelligent of course, clever and moral and street-conscious and just gnomic enough, but their art is in their beats and flow and tunes too.
  2. De La Soul's latest doesn't blaze new trails as much as it blithely hopscotches through a chill out lounge of modest beats and a chop shop full of spare samples.
  3. 80
    Yes, nearly every track is a Jeep-worthy jam, and, yes, guest vocals from the likes of Redman, Chaka Khan, Busta Rhymes, and the Beastie Boys introduce unprecedented name-recognition, but this isn't a pop album by any stretch of the imagination.
  4. This album showcases De La Soul's more playful side while maintaining the group's intelligent, witty lyrics.
  5. 70
    An earthy, beat-oriented album... It ain't '3 Feet High'--or even 'De La Soul Is Dead'-- but it ain't half bad. (Sep 2000, p.96)
  6. Although their music has gotten smoother, it remains witty, eccentric and full of left-field sonic detours.
  7. Mosaic Thump lives up to its name only too well, displaying a fragmentary mess of rhyming schemes, contributing artists and leaden beats. [#199, p.45]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. NseE.
    Jun 10, 2002
    10
    Wow! From 'The art of getting jumped', 'All good', etc, etc, the boys are back showing that they are miles ahead of Wow! From 'The art of getting jumped', 'All good', etc, etc, the boys are back showing that they are miles ahead of anything out there. Great stuff. I listen to it over and over and over. Expand
  2. DannyD
    Jan 5, 2006
    10
    This sh_t is rockin

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