Phrenology - The Roots
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 48
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 48
  3. Negative: 1 out of 48

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  1. j30
    Sep 28, 2011
    10
    Just a great Hip/Hop record. From start to finish, it's an intoxicating, exhilarating album that gives you hope in Hip/Hops future.
  2. Apr 25, 2012
    6
    This album made me fall in love with the live hip hop sensation that is the Roots. It starts a little slow, but the middle tracks (7-12) are all worth listening to.
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87

Universal acclaim - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
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  1. With their fifth studio record, Phrenology, they finally become what we've always hoped they would be: a hip-hop band that strikes a very funky balance between righteousness and humor, between headbanging grooves and truth-telling.
  2. They've found it in their talent to put black music's long tradition of tune and structure into practice.
  3. With Phrenology, the cool Philly troupe remain head and shoulders above the rest by sticking to their well-defined course of smoky live beats, serious lyrics, stunning guests... and not one ounce of production from the Neptunes.