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Roots Audio CD
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1. Star/Pointro
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10. Why (What's Goin On?)

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On their sixth album, the Roots backslide a bit on the creative promise they showed with 2002's Phrenology. Instead of expanding into more ambitious and experimental areas--the way Outkast has, for example--the Roots tend to fall back to basics with vigorous, but ultimately conventional, lyricism. There are definitely some truly great moments here: the album opens with near-magic on "Star," a mesmerizing song that is one of the finest of the group's career, and Black Thought is a one-man tour de force on "Boom!" where he mimics Big Daddy Kane and Kool G Rap down to their velour sweats. But The Tipping Point also has some of their blandest production ever, and, at 10 tracks (plus two hidden cuts), the compactness of the album makes the problem spots stand out more than usual. "I Don't Care" and "Duck Down!" in particular seem derivative and commercially tailored. The main thing missing here is an overall guiding concept, something the Roots have never lacked before. --Oliver Wang

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Japanese pressing of the Philadelphia hip hop act's 2004 album includes one bonus track 'Melting Pot'. Geffen.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid but not classic Nov. 16 2004
By Khamhal
Format:Audio CD
Being a young hip-hop fan I am not familar with the majority of The Roots earlier works so in my perspective is not comparing this to other records but instead judging it purely based on what is heard. This is definetely a decent record. The production is bass driven and laid back and lyrically it sounds pretty raw to me. If I were to point out any weak points on the album I would say that The Roots struggle to be able to put together an adequate hook (with the exception of 'Somebody's Gotta Do It'). Also the beat backing 'Boom!' is downright lackluster and really does not tempt you to listen even though Black Thought drops some gems. I would definetely recommend this record to anyone who is strictly about beats and lyrics like me. Certainly enjoyable and one of the top five hip-hop albums of 2004.
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4.0 out of 5 stars well... Sept. 11 2004
Format:Audio CD
this cd was really great but i honestly expected a little more from the group. keep up the good work though. this cd is worth buying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best rap records of 2004 July 19 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This may be the best hip hop record of 2004. Although it may not be the best ROOTS album (all of their albums are great), it is a great album nontheless. Whereas PHRENOLOGY was more experimental, the TIPPING POINT is more of a return to straight beats and Rhymes. Worth picking up
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! July 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
I've never delved into the Roots too deeply, despite being a hip-hop fanatic. This is album had me on the first listen. The album has a 70s soul throwback flavor which drips off each track. The lyrics are catchy and infectious. When I listen to "I dont' Care" I simply just don't care, as long as the bass starts rockin, drumline fadin' away...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome` July 18 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Best CD I've heard in a long time... Rivals Phrenology
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3.0 out of 5 stars they jamb July 18 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
roots jamb but check out afroman and his doubleneck guitar and the 2 zigzags and mr. mixx. afroholic even better times. join the streetteam.
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The lackluster quote above is from a sampled old-school voice used to introduce one of the tracks on this album, and accidentally illustrates the rather unenthusiastic, noncommittal nature of the record. This is a significant step backward from the sprawling and adventurous Phrenology, as The Roots have settled back into a minimalist sound, based on lazy classic soul grooves, with very conventional old-school raps. The lyrics offer few surprises and are mostly form over function (such as "cool like a polar bear colony"), while Black Thought's delivery is competent yet utterly unexciting. The Roots' awesome secret weapon, ?uestlove, is also underutilized. His booming natural drums certainly kick some life into some of the songs here, though in others his beats have been processed to the point where he sounds like the type of cheesy drum machine that he's supposed to be replacing. It's interesting that the hottest moments on this album occur in the two uncredited bonus tracks at the end, which drop some serious classic phunk with some experimental twists. As for the rest of the album, the minimalist drums-n-bass delivery works well in a few places, like the coolly insistent "Web" and the aptly titled "Boom!" But otherwise, you get the feeling that if this album was any more laidback, it would be in a coma. [~doomsdayer520~]
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3.0 out of 5 stars Over Produced July 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
Let me start by saying I love The Roots. So maybe my disappointment is based in the fact I keep wanting them to take their music to the next level on each disc. I didn't feel they really went there on TTP. This album is alot more "polished" than their previous efforts, complete with samples and handclaps. I was hoping that the talent that made them not only the best live show in hip-hop, but also one of the best live acts in music would continue to be showcased. I just didn't feel it was. The song they included on their Okayplayer compilation "Y'all Know Who" is straight fire and would have been a welcome addition to TTP. But always realize an average effort from the Roots still puts them at the top of the hip hop genre.
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