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Q MagazineOct 27, 2015Funny, provocative and concise at 10 tracks, Bleed is the sound of a powerful and unique voice back on peak form. [Dec 2015, p.105]
UncutOct 27, 2015Like 2008's Slime & Reason, Bleeds can come on a bit like an episode of "Grumpy Old MCs." But there's always room for salvation in Smith's world. [Dec 2015, p.92]
Positive: 3 out of 3
Mixed: 0 out of 3
Negative: 0 out of 3
Jan 6, 2016'Bleeds' by Roots Manuva is a really good album! I've never heard rap from UK and it was my fault! It's diffrent, strange, but amazing!! My'Bleeds' by Roots Manuva is a really good album! I've never heard rap from UK and it was my fault! It's diffrent, strange, but amazing!! My favourite tracks: 'Cargo', 'Stepping Hard'… Expand
Dec 30, 2015Roots Manuva, one of the UK most consistent artists drops another full length album, "Bleeds".
"Bleeds" takes us through a more darker andRoots Manuva, one of the UK most consistent artists drops another full length album, "Bleeds".
"Bleeds" takes us through a more darker and melodic and soulful side of Manuva's music, with tracks like "Hard Bastards", "Crying" and "Don't Breathe Out" featuring a lot more singing than on past Manuva records, even more singing from the man himself.
But that doesn't mean that that Manuva stepped down his rap game. "Facety 2:11" and "One Thing" prove that Manuva can still keep up with the game and that the man can flow over any track he spits on.
The only issue I had with "Bleeds" is that it gave me the impression that Manuva was dwelling in his comfort zone for a bit too much, as some of the production sound a bit too samey.
"Bleeds" is a darker and more intimate album from Roots Manuva that definitely does not fail to impress, but it didn't quite amaze me.
Fav Tracks: Facety 2:11, One Thing, Don't Breathe Out, Hard Bastards
Least Fav Track: ----… Expand
Nov 5, 2015This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Favourite Songs: Don't Breathe Out, One Thing, Cargo, Facety 2:11
Least Favourite Songs: I Know Your Face
Based off Roots Manuva's reputation and the 3 singles that came out prior to the albums release I thought this might be one of the best albums of the year. Unfortunately, for me it didn't quite get there but it's still a very solid project. He still puts a lot of effort into his lyrics as always, with a good mix of socially conscious lyrics and nice wordplay, but some of the production is a bit plain. It's pretty experimental on 'Crying' with an actual cry interpreted into the beat which makes it kind of interesting but it doesn't actually sound that good. I think the main reason production isn't outstanding on the album is because he brought in outside producers for I think every song when he can produce better beats himself (as he's done before.) But again really solid project, 'Don't Breathe Out' is definitely the highlight of the project with a beautiful soulful chorus and sample. It calms the mood a bit after the directness of songs like 'Hard Bastards' and 'Crying'. I may not have been wowed by 'Bleeds' but I'm definitely impressed by what's on display here and Roots has proved he's far from lacking ideas.
Better Than Previous Project?: Yes
Try This If You Like: ill Manors by Plan B… Expand
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