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  • Summary: The fourth album for the rapper includes Metronomy as a guest artist.
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  1. Slime & Reason, then, is yet another gutsy work from a deeply honest artist.
  2. The lilting gospel chorus of 'Let the Spirit' and the doomy 'It's Me Oh Lord' find Manuva stewing in a cauldron of guilt and self-recrimination, the potent authority in his voice lending them gravity and beauty in equal measure.
  3. This being Roots Manuva there's a lyrical gem in pretty much each song - and this being Roots Manuva, a lot of them are intensely personal observations.
  4. While Manuva's unorthodox style is a unique pleasure, too often his flow can be laconic to the point of being subliminal--a good portion of Slime & Reason's midsection demands attention, but doesn't necessarily deserve it, not when the beats that support his rhymes are just-below-scale like the budget g-funk of "Kick Up Ya Foot".
  5. Flexing a bit of the angry lyrical edge he boasted on 2005's "Awfully Deep," Roots digs into "fickle DJs," no-talent rappers, Trustafarians and "bourgeois hippies" who "wanna fight my flow," as he proclaims on the track '2 Much 2 Soon.'
  6. Mojo
    Slime & Reason practically revels in its juicy sense of freedom. [Sep 2008, p.112]
  7. Q Magazine
    HIs fourth album is a step up from the patchy "Awfully Deep." [Oct 2008, p.150]

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