- Audio CD (Aug. 29 2006)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Explicit Lyrics
- Label: Universal Music Canada
- ASIN: B000GPIPJC
- Other Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
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Games Theory Explicit Lyrics
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The Roots, known for their innovative album concepts, return after a two year break to release their new album, Game Theory, filled with 14 hard hitting tracks that express their views on the state of the world. Game Theory is The Roots' most thought-provoking, incitive album since their 1999 breakthrough Things Fall Apart and will be the group's debut for Def Jam Recordings, home to the world's premiere Hip-Hop artists.
Despite their signing to Def Jam, on Game Theory the Roots head in a direction opposite from all the trendy, commercial formulas that the label has pioneered. This is as intensely a "Roots album" as anything they've put out, the rightful sequel to their brilliant, creative Phrenology (unlike their last album, the off-balance Tipping Point. Game Theory is a dark and brooding affair, not just in Black Thought's foreboding lyricism but also in its musical textures. There's a layer of melancholia running beneath nearly every song, whether in the heavy thump of "In the Music" or the frenetic verve of "Here I Come." Track-for-track, this isn't The Roots' most scintillating collection of songs, but listened to from end-to-end, it's actually a remarkable achievement in album-making. Every song builds into the next one, and those willing to experience Game Theory as a 47-minute suite of 13 songs will be richly rewarded by how precisely the whole puzzle fits together. --Oliver Wang
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One of the most noticeable changes listening to "Game Theory" after 2004's "The Tipping Point" is the band's return to a more collaborative sound. The Roots are at their best when they play as a rap/hip hop BAND rather than relying on the vocals of Black Thought. Thought has always been able to rap with the best, but the lyric-centric songs on "The Tipping Point" suffered from his lack of emotional range and dramatic inflection. On "Game Theory", fans will once again find that larger diversity of the band, creating integral parts of the music using broad influences, instrumentation, and guest singers.
The tracks on "Game Theory" range across the spectrum from down and dirty beats that make you jump to smooth grooves that slide like silk into your ear. The media critical second track "False Media" is a short personal critique tune that features an intense chorus of seriousness from Wadud Ahmad. The album then jumps into high gear with the title third track featuring Black Thought belting out in-your-face lyrics to a fantastic beat from ?uestlove on drums and sharp keyboards from Kamal. If that wasn't enough, Malik B returns to The Roots on this album and makes the title track sing loud with a melodic backing vocal performance. The great tunes continue with the darkly electrical sound of "In The Music" and the guitar sliding, heartfelt singing on "Long Time" until the album closes with a soulful tribute to deceased J-Dilla on the eight minute finale "Can't Stop This." Lyrically, "Game Theory" features a broad palette of darker tones as well as some flat out fun rhymes. These lyrical dimensions return The Roots to what they do best: mixing it up with variety and substance.
While it is unlikely that "Game Theory" will propel The Roots to the mass market success that has often eluded them post-"Things Fall Apart", the album is a winner for fans of their traditional sound and a creative triumph for inventive hip hop grooves. The Roots have returned to theirs and remain the band's band that the fans have come to adore.
This is The Roots at their finest; innovative, ensemble, diverse, and making tunes that just rock.
Thematically the album is so solid, and musically it showcases the bands undeniably vast range of talent.
Tracks to check out: Here I Come, Baby, Atonement, and every other track on the album
Also, if you like this album, give Undun a listen (a stellar Roots album, maybe my favorite)
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Fast forward to this album about 2 years later and The Roots have aligned themselves with Def Jam, which at the time, was being headed by Jay Z. Jay Z was adamant about The Roots staying true to themselves and their sound, so this was a match made in heaven for them. You can feel these vibes because this album BUSTS out of the gate. The first 5 tracks are sensational. The title track is very much hard hitting and marks the return of long time Black Thought friend, Malik B. In my opinion, Malik B is a bit overrated, but the vibe and the way his verse busts out over the top notch production gave me the chills. Don't Feel Right follows the title track and again, the production is solid. The bass, drum, and synth feature heavily to provide the sonic backdrop for Thought's musings about hard and ever changing times. The next track, In The Music, presents us with a dark sound scape which elicits mental pictures of grimy alleyways and seedy urban scenes as Thought talks about South Philly. Malik B also makes an appearance on this track and, again, he sounds okay. But for me, the coup de grace was Clock With No Hands, which is a somber recollection of life's failed relationships and other types of regret. The synth features heavily again with an unusual timing pattern and rhythm that seem so natural.
There's a lot to like and talk about here and I think my review ran a bit too long, so I'm going to end it here. For those that haven't experienced The Roots before, this would be a fine album to start with. Just listen to a few tracks, and you'll be hooked.
There was a lot of hoopla when The Roots signed with Def Jam with fans fearing that the group would be a watered down version of its former self. That complaint just never made sense because the group came from Geffin Records, not really an indie label. Now they move to a label deeply rooted in hip-hop with their new boss an old friend and collaborator, Jay-Z. At first listen, Game Theory is definitely a Roots album, in fact they may have went the other way from commercial success with more overtly political songs then previous album. If anything, Def Jam may have helped trim some of the fat. Let's face it, as great as their previous albums were, the back half of many of their albums were filled with eccentricities and could have been helped by trimming down to around forty-five minutes which is what Game Theory clocks in at.
As usual, the album starts of with a short keyboard heavy intro to set the mood before going before ?uestlove, quite possible this generation's greatest drummer, brings the sick beat as the anti-news outlets theme False Media. The song definitely sets the tone for the darker and angrier album. There are a few upbeat tracks with the party starter Don't Feel Right and the Big Daddy Kane feeling Here I Come. There is also cool, almost bohemian track Livin' in a New World which features a Strokes like chorus. The album is capped off with Can't Stop This, a touching tribute with sometime producer J Dilla, who produced two songs on this album, who succumbed to lupus after a three year battle. The tribute being on this album will ensure Dilla will never be forgotten.
True and pure.