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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  1. KyleZ.
    Sep 11, 2007
    10
    Album of the year. Hands down. Production from long time partner Hi-Tek on More or Less is phenomenal. The quintessential Hip-Hop album.
  2. moem.
    Aug 27, 2007
    10
    Classic record.
  3. EdwardH
    Sep 11, 2007
    10
    He is a freekin' genius I have neva seen anyone outshine UGK not anyone, neva eva. But he doez it, his like tha lyrical perfection of He is a freekin' genius I have neva seen anyone outshine UGK not anyone, neva eva. But he doez it, his like tha lyrical perfection of Nas, Kanye West, and Jay z all in one. One of NY'z Finest, correction one of tha rap games finest, pure genius and raw rappin' talent dat is true and really really inspirational. Keep doin' yo thang man. Its rappers Iike you dat I live 2 hear in rap muzik. Expand
  4. TroyM
    Aug 22, 2007
    9
    It's nice none the less, just a step behind "Reflection Eternal", but if you know nothing about Talib Kweli, this is the perfect cd to It's nice none the less, just a step behind "Reflection Eternal", but if you know nothing about Talib Kweli, this is the perfect cd to introduce you to one of the greatest emcees you will ever here in you life, don't sleep on this one Expand
  5. spookyx
    Aug 23, 2007
    9
    Solid from begining to end
  6. [Anonymous]
    Aug 23, 2007
    8
    A huge step up from his last 'legit' album, The Beautiful Struggle, although not quite at Reflection Eternal level.
  7. Brandon
    Aug 26, 2007
    8
    Refreshing. If you're tired of the same ol' same ol'....get this album.

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