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  • Summary: The rap outfit's first album since 1996's 'Stakes Is High' is the first in a planned trilogy.
Score distribution:
  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
    The immediate impression of 'Art Official Intelligence' is of one big party. [Sep 2000, p.104]
  4. 70
    The freshness that figured into De La's previous four albums feels a touch staler here. (#78, p.116)
  5. Each track is a treat - a sensible, lo-cholesterol treat, maybe, but still packed with oddly addictive rhymes and beats.
  6. 70
    A clever party record, complete with oodles of guest appearances and multiple R&B hooks.
  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