Ear Drum - Talib Kweli
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  • Summary: The Brooklyn-born hip-hop artist's third album features such guests as UGK, Justin Timberlake and Norah Jones.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
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  1. Kweli's curse- 'n' cliché-free rhyme-ripping proves he needs no help on the microphone. He outshines his celebrated guests, including labelmate Grae, KRS-One, Norah Jones (!), Sonia Sanchez, UGK's Pimp C and Bun B, Musiq Soulchild and Raheem DeVaughn.
  2. Talib Kweli has made the career-defining work that his fans have been expecting for nearly a decade.
  3. 86
    The production work throughout provides a head-bobbing, arm-waving backdrop to Kweli’s lyrical genius, exactly as it should.
  4. At 20 tracks and nearly 80 minutes, Eardrum is both too much and too little, never quite understanding exactly what it needs to be.
  5. Kweli's collaborative work has set the bar so high that his solo efforts routinely fail to meet these exalted expectations.
  6. Though it's admirably consistent and pretty darn OK, it lacks a knockout track to counterbalance the complaints about the King James Bible and swine toothpaste.
  7. Ear Drum is his sprawling, messy 2007 manifesto, loaded with rhymes that take weeks to unpack, to say nothing of the bizarre diversity of producers and guests.

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