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  • Summary: Whereas its predecessor (2002's acclaimed 'Phrenology') clocked in at 79 minutes, 'The Tipping Point' is a concise 45-minute listen, featuring guests Devin The Dude, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Jean Grae and Television's Dave Chappelle.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. 100
    Following 2002's experimental Phrenology, which featured all manner of drum 'n' bass and techno influences, the real-instrument-playing Philadelphia hip-hop collective ditches the frills on Tipping Point.
  2. The Tipping Point has more soul, vision and musicianship than most bands muster in a lifetime. [31 Jul 2004, p.41]
  3. In terms of their own oeuvre, it's certainly a solid addition, even if it suffers from the molting pain that comes from incorporating music that's so stylistically against their own grain.
  4. Despite their reputation for distinctiveness parts of 'The Tipping Point' feel distinctly under par by the Roots own high standards suggesting that the departures of MC Malik B (Slacks) and human beatboxers Scratch and Rahzel have, in some ways, led to a successive narrowing down of the range of the Roots' previously loose and eclectic sound.
  5. Hardcore fans will probably be disappointed with the amount of rhythmic experimentation which, the messy breaks of Boom aside, is pretty much lacking. [Aug 2004, p.113]
  6. The vast majority of the new Roots album lacks what has made their earlier albums so exciting: spontaneity, originality, musical chops, and a sense of purpose.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. amberlynn
    Sep 16, 2006
    this album goes everywhere with me and everyone loves it!!!!!!!
  2. undipsutedsixtysecondassasin
    Oct 11, 2004
    hot original style hip hop
  3. beerburp
    Jul 16, 2004
    The Roots always grab you and shake all that phony bling-bling rap crap out of your head and forces you to remember hip hop's true raw form. The Tipping Point is no different. Banging homie! Don't sleep. Expand
  4. djimao
    Jul 15, 2004
    A decent CD, not as good as the previous one and Things... but still flashes among the mainstream rappers.
  5. T.E.Walton
    Feb 9, 2005
    Not their best, but a solid, accessible effort. The only real dog is the stiff "Guns Are Drawn," which just doesn't work for me, just as the corny Chuck Berry-ish "The Seed 2.0 " sucked big-time to my ears. BTW I think "Illadelph Halflife" is their weakest album, save "What They Do." But maybe that's just me. They always kill LIVE tho'. Expand
  6. VincH.
    Jul 23, 2004
    Either most of the fans here calling this a great album have either A) never heard any Roots albums or B) have heard very few albums this year. This is certainly their weakest yet, which hurts me to say after the knockout 3-run punch of "Illdelph Halflife", "Things Fall Apart & Phrenology...all of which are classic albums in their own right. The beats here are mostly average save for a couple standouts (Stay Cool being the best) and there is none of the great trademarks of their ealier masterpieces like the musical-poety interludes or the more natural organic jam-groove sound of their best work. The production sounds very commercial and mainstream. Still better than most other hip hop albums out there though. Expand
  7. j30
    Sep 28, 2011
    Just an average score here for the Hip-Hop kings. A pretty big disappointment considering (the classics, 10/10's) Phrenology and Things Fall apart came before this. Expand

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