Wake Up! - The Roots

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Dec 20, 2010
    The set is a masterclass in how to respectfully update and enhance classic music, and proves how vital and relevant 30-year-old music remains today.
  2. Oct 26, 2010
    It's not just that these sentiments are timeless - these songs, in these hands, are only now receiving their definitive interpretations.
  3. John Legend and The Roots have followed the most important rules when covering material from other artists: you need to keep that signature sound that made the original important, while also adding that something special to make it your own.
  4. This is The Roots band, jamming their way through the wealth of protest soul that rocks and rolls, and obviously a crooner like the Grammy award winning John Legend is far more important to capture that soul and make it his own.
  5. It's just a shame that, with the exception of a single original that understandably doesn't measure up to the high standards set by the covers, Legend and The Roots had to reach so far into the past to find songs that comment so powerfully and insightfully on the issues of today.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Mar 18, 2012
    amazing, I listened to this album almost everyday for like half a year and sang along. I feel you guys, and I **** love this album like its my brother Full Review »
  2. Oct 29, 2010
    A fantastic album. They adeptly add new flair to still manage to do the original artists justice. The 'I Can't Write Left Handed' cover is hands down one of the best songs of the year. Full Review »
  3. Oct 13, 2010
    It's good because it's The Roots and John Legend, but I would have liked an collabo album with original content. I was really excited about this album, and I could still listen to both of them for a long time before it getting old. Full Review »