Rising Down - The Roots
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  • Summary: The latest studio album from the hip-hop group features Common, Malik B, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Styles P, Wale, and DJ Jazzy Jeff, amongst others guest artists.
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. With an incongruent Fall Out Boy track set aside for single duty and all those rappers a dream community taking the burden off Black Thought, this is the most accomplished pure hip-hop album in years.
  2. Stop wasting time and go to the store to get Rising Down right now.
  3. Elsewhere, 'Criminal' and 'I Will Not Apologize' find the group making its most acute, nail-driven points in years.
  4. 80
    The brooding 'Singing Man' and the euphorically optimistic 'Rising Up' underline that the best hip hop is about taking chances. [July 2008, p.100]
  5. Rising Down isn't always an easy listen, but it's an exciting one, and its abrasiveness never gets in the way of a good throw-your-hands-up beat or a well-crafted lyric.
  6. 70
    Rising Down bangs like no Roots work since their popular, populist breakthrough "Things Fall Apart." [June 2008, p.65]
  7. Rising Down is pretty much same old same old.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11