Awfully Deep - Roots Manuva
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  • Summary: This is the third album for London-based rapper Rodney Smith.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Smith has crafted an album that is deft, addictive and profoundly musical, and it feels like a fresh-minted classic.
  2. A set of immense maturity that never rubs your nose in its thematic complexity, compositional innovation and thunderous thump-beats. [29 Jan 2005, p.58]
  3. Awfully Deep is another strong release for Smith, and while it doesn’t sport the effortless flow of his debut or the rich variety of Run Come Save Me, its considered assessment of where he’s been and where he might be heading helps the album more than live up to its title.
  4. Smith’s tracks are both banging and self-effacing, yet the two opposite impulses never seem fully at odds with each other.
  5. Smith's greatest talent lies in his surreal, witty wordplay and avuncular tone, and the way they combine to make what could be the usual rap anger sound both intimate and strangely uplifting. [Feb 2005, p.95]
  6. Awfully Deep, on the whole, is a bold, ambitious swing for the fences. But, like it or not, the game's done changed, and Manuva '05 sounds way too much like Manuva '01.
  7. 58
    His third album mostly shelves the wit and sui generis style-clash. [Jun 2005, p.108]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
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  1. Jimmy
    Jan 12, 2006
    Pure Goodness
  2. AndrewO
    Mar 30, 2005
    At times....dark, bright, sad, happy, serious, playfull...but entirely honest. Almost a "Brand New Second Hand."
  3. DerekL
    Feb 10, 2005
    Awfully Deep, is an awfully good third album. Witness the Fitness.
  4. RadekL
    Feb 8, 2005
    Awfully deep & awfully great!!!
  5. CornaldM
    Feb 12, 2005
    This is the most inventive artist I've heard in years. Great wicked beats and vague lyrics whith an incredible flow.
  6. ChickenSupreme
    Apr 14, 2005
    One of the albums of the year for sure as Mr Smith once again matches dub up with electro squelches to create a very personal and touching album.
  7. SpencerB
    Feb 8, 2005
    A truly brilliant album. In strictly lyrical & musical terms probably his best yet, however in terms of fun and surprises, that accalade remains with Run Coem Save me. Collapse

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