Game Theory - The Roots
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Universal acclaim- based on 76 Ratings

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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. RadoslavP.
    Jul 12, 2008
    10
    Incredible - borders gendre,rase,coolor and religion - everythnig for everyone.
  2. justicenone
    Sep 1, 2006
    10
    well ahead of its time..
  3. AhmirT
    Dec 12, 2006
    10
    my best effort
  4. G
    Aug 29, 2006
    9
    Brooding and brilliant.
  5. Haterade
    Nov 10, 2006
    9
    I slept on this album for sure...Best album since Things Fall Apart. Comparablel to OutKast's ATLiens because its one of those you listen from start to end...everything is seemless from song to song. The only thing better than this album would be a recorded live album like Things Come Alive. Dont sleep on it! Expand
  6. LawrenceP
    Sep 21, 2006
    9
    Fav track is the groovy #122 "Long Time" The Roots are still to cool for you and me.
  7. Feb 24, 2012
    3
    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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