Phrenology - The Roots
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  • Summary: The groundbreaking Philadelphia rap outfit returns with 13 new tracks and guest contributions from Jill Scott, Nelly Furtado, Talib Kweli and Musiq.
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
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  1. 100
    Phrenology is a celebration of self-determination, a nonstop joyride through some very complicated brains. [#12, p.149]
  2. 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.
  3. Mainstream and casual fans will remember them best for Things Fall Apart, but probably only hardcore fans will be able to see the value and dedication that much of Phrenology holds.
  4. Phrenology completely realizes The Roots' talents and potential, maintaining its cohesiveness despite its many disparate elements.
  5. It is their way with a collaborator, though, that sets them apart. [Feb 2003, p.97]
  6. What is different about the overall feel of this messy and ambitious album is that it marks The Roots' liberation from genre, the neo-soul meanderings of 'Things Fall Apart' only appear when they're wanted and never outstay their welcome.
  7. In their quest for paper, The Roots have lost their way.

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  1. Positive: 30 out of 30
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  1. j30
    Sep 28, 2011
    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
    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. Expand

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