Wake Up! - The Roots
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 1 out of 22

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  1. Oct 13, 2010
    6
    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.
  2. Oct 9, 2010
    6
    I want to like John Legend (he's just seems like such a great guy) but I just can't. Listening to him botch the classics just confirms my suspicion. He's a limited vocalist with Top of the Pops aspirations. I hung in until track 9, Marvin Gaye's classic "Wholy holy," then I just couldn't take it any more. The entire album made me crave an insulin shot. God knows given the current climate of hopelessness and despair we could all use a message of hope but this album vaguely reminds me of President Obama's health care plan. It sounds great until you realize that without the public option it simply hands 31 million additional customers over to the insurance companies. Expand
  3. Oct 29, 2010
    10
    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.
  4. Mar 18, 2012
    10
    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
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Dec 22, 2010
    80
    The songs in this collection serve for a timely reminder that hope and consciousness through music still contains some currency - with the added bonus that it's also a fine piece of work in its own right.
  2. Dec 20, 2010
    100
    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.
  3. Oct 26, 2010
    90
    It's not just that these sentiments are timeless - these songs, in these hands, are only now receiving their definitive interpretations.