Game Theory - The Roots

Universal acclaim - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. This is not merely a good album, but a truly great one.
  2. Game Theory is a heavy album, the Roots' sharpest work. It's destined to become one of Def Jam's proudest, if not most popular, moments.
  3. 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.
  4. With Game Theory, the Roots have finally delivered on nearly every once-broken promise.
  5. It's all ghetto vérité and political paranoia, with claustrophobic production to match the doom and gloom.
  6. Game Theory turns out to be The Roots’ finest record to date.
  7. There are plenty of unexpected surprises to be found.
  8. Especially in its superior second half, the album resonates with casual ambition as it reconciles ?uestlove's effortless bohemian cool and sonic perfectionism with Black Thought's dark swagger, street-level sociology, and silver-tongued virtuosity.
  9. 90
    A focused tour de force. [Oct 2006, p.100]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 72 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 43
  2. Negative: 1 out of 43
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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 Full Review »
  3. j30
    Sep 28, 2011
    Dark, exciting new territory for the Philadelphia based band.