Game Theory - The Roots
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  • Summary: The hip-hop collective's eighth album is their first for Def Jam records, and also features the return to the group of rapper Malik B.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. With Game Theory, the Roots have finally delivered on nearly every once-broken promise.
  2. It is an excellent album that has taken them seven long years to finally get to, but those are seven years that have been evidently well spent: After years of mediocrity and being, to some degree, marginalized -- just when the world needed them -- The Roots are back like never before.
  3. This is not merely a good album, but a truly great one.
  4. This taut, turbulent piece of work is the Roots' best yet.
  5. A streamlined product that die-hards can justly revel in.
  6. [This] downcast disc is actually an improvement on its predecessor.
  7. Black Thought... sounds more focused than he did on the Roots’ last album, “The Tipping Point,” and more engaged than on the one before it, “Phrenology.” But because he’s not the kind of rapper to modulate his emotional pitch, his intensity can level off into monotony.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 43
  2. Negative: 1 out of 43
  1. j30
    Sep 28, 2011
    Dark, exciting new territory for the Philadelphia based band.
  2. Apr 25, 2012
    This is my favorite Roots album. It's listenable from start to finish. It never dips off and "Don't Feel Right", "Long Time", and "Atonement" take the experience to the next level. Expand
  3. Feb 24, 2012
    I dont know what happened to the Roots before Undun but this album wasnt nearly good. They couldnt make this album a classic and it disappoints me because im a huge Roots fan. But at least we have classics like "Undun" & Phrenology Expand

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