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Rusted Root

Rusted Root Audio CD
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Not every retro-flower-power outfit taps into the ponderous dullness that mars the genre. There are a few bands out there that rise above their peace-'n'-love trappings to produce some memorable music. Rusted Root, for one. Fronted by Michael Hutchence sound-alike Mike Glabicki, the quietly compelling little combo has been mixing rock, reggae, and Far Eastern filigrees for several likable albums, molding a melange that's as unique as it is crowd-pleasing. Maybe a sense of humor is their secret. Glabicki seems to have a good deal of fun with the hippie concept, as on the blues-guitar-based "Live a Long Time" (which morphs into a goofy psychedelic rap-romp) or the hillbilly hoedown "Kill You Dead" (which would fit nicely on any early Violent Femmes folk fest). And when he tunes his cultural radar to higher frequencies--like on the bongo-hammered "Agbadza"--the results are every bit as intriguing as a Ry Cooder experiment. This isn't even the group's best work--the Rootsters veer toward too many blasé ballads to maintain a keen interest. Even so, RR is miles ahead of Phish, and 10 times more sincere. Tie-dyed pop, your time has come. --Tom Lanham

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1.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't buy this based on the clips Oct. 3 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I came here on a recommendation from a friend as a "must buy" and after listening to the clips, every song sounds more or less the same and the lead vocalist seems to sing in the same notes and key in each song. Sort of reminds me of an updated "hootie" sound. Not innovative sounding enough to make me want to spend money on this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album March 15 2002
By Bobby
Format:Audio CD
I was dissapointed with this album at first. It's difficult to really understand and it doesn't have the same supeficial catchyness that "When I Woke" did. Once I got used to it, however, it has become one of my favorite albums. There's an old indian philosophy that claims that all things are composed of circles or cycles. This album is a musical expression of the emotional cycles we all go through woven together perfectly with intricate drumming and instramental coordination. Being a musician, I see this album as a testament to the power of music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars rusted root's best work by far Dec 22 2000
Format:Audio CD
i was shocked and disappointed to read these reviews. this is one of my favorite albums of all time. i think this band transcends all of the comparisons to the dead, phish, dmb, and the like. this is such a beautiful album that always makes me smile. "rising sun" is one of those songs that just makes you stop and dance no matter what you're doing. the instrumental and stylistic experimentation that differentiates this from rr's other albums really makes this their best masterpiece to date.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a must have, but a kinda should have Jan. 12 2000
Format:Audio CD
On their latest album, Rusted Root's self titled disk takes you down their familiar roads. bongo drums, African nods, strong vocals. But at first listening to this album, I really didn't have that much opinion towards it. It neither liked it, nor disliked it. But after really listening to it, I really started to like it. Now this album is my "to go to" album, for those times I need a good cd. Basically, after listening to it, it grows on you in a good way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grows on you Dec 16 1999
Format:Audio CD
This CD takes some playing, but that's due to the subtlety of the songwriting. The crafting of a great song over tribal rhythms is not easy, but I think RR are perfecting this genre. This is obviously less accessible than "When I Woke" but quite an improvement over "Remember" (Let's all just forget that happened). Take your time, close your eyes, turn the volume up and the lights off.
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By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
i bought this album expecting the wonderful music of rusted root i have heard on albums such as when i woke, remember, and cruel sun. although i love rusted root, there was a disappointment when i heard this album. i still liked it, but if you're looking for a rusted root cd and you don't own any, don't let this be your first impression.
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By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Rusted Root has an interesting sound that they have maintained for years. I love the group. I think no matter what type of music your into, you can enjoy Root as well. I recommend it to anyone.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Stick with "When I Woke" July 25 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I'm with the other reviewers who felt "When I Woke" was Root's best CD: better percussion, better vocal quality, better cohesion. While one can't really understand their lyrics much in "Woke" (reminds one of speaking in tongues) I still feel they do a better job than when one can actually hear and understand the lyrics in this CD. I do think they're a highly gifted group in their musicianship, however, which still comes through on this production.
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