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|8. Electric Relaxation|
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|14. God Lives Through|
This might have been the album Tribe Called Quest wanted to make from the very beginning. It's their most even, consistent album of the original trilogy that also includes People's Instinctive Travels... and The Low End Theory. But in spite of this, or maybe because of it, it's also their most uninteresting. With so many competent tracks, there's no chance for something to stand out above the pack, like "Scenario" did on Low End Theory or "Can I Kick It" did on People's Instinctive Travels. The celebration is there ("Stir It Up"), the jazz drums kick ("Oh My God"), and the stand-up bass dribbles, keeping perfect pace with Q-Tip's unmistakable mic-touch ("Electric Relaxation"). There's even a Native Tongues armistice/reunion with De La Soul ("Awards Tour"). Although it comes together like a seamless tutorial in jazz hip-hop style, it comes together so damn well that it's hard for any one track to excel, cursing the album with consistent quality. --Todd Levin
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Top Customer Reviews
Album Highlights: NO filler here, but the highlights are Steve Biko(Stir it up), Award Tour, Clap Your Hands, Electric Relaxation, and Oh My God.
Production: Thumbs up.
Lyrics and Subject Matter: Thumbs up.
Originality: Thumbs up.
The Last Word: What a GREAT album this is. With no filler(just like the first two albums), nice beats and lyrics throughout, this is a certified classic. Another STRONG recommendation for you to purchase this album if you have not done so. This IS the Tribe at their best. It's a shame that they disbanded in 98.
The 'tourguide' idea is a little corny after u hear it a million times, but I think it's a good idea especially for those trying to understand hiphop. (for example: I learned what MC stood for after listening to this) No songs on here promote any violence, all they do is support FUN on the mic. That's what hiphop was and is always supposed to be...
Best tracks: "Steve Biko", "Award Tour", "Electric Relaxation", "Oh My God", "The Chase Part II", "Lyrics To Go", "God Lives Through"... Actually every song is really dope on this, its hard to judge which are the dopest out of CD containing only good songs. There's no SKIP MATERIAL on this entire CD and you can listen to it straight through repeatedly...
R.I.P. ATCQ maybe you guys will return to your roots, until then we can only hope...
I'm Out... Mind Power!!!
I have been listening to hip-hop since I was very young. Of course back then, I had the MC Hammer tapes when I was 6 or 7. But hip-hop radio back then wasn't as horribly biased as it is now, and I got turned on to artists like Redman, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, De La Soul, Pharcyde, Digable Planets, and A Tribe Called Quest when I was about 7 or 8 years old. When I got the Midnight Marauders tape when I was 9, I was blown away. Never before had I heard an album like this. The beats were jazzy and melodic, and Tip and Phife came correct on the mic. This was the first hip-hop album I fell in love with so to speak.
I am now 17, and this album still amazes me like it did when I was 9. The production still sounds fresh and innovative while Tip & Phife's lyrics do not sound dated at all. A Tribe Called Quest were really ahead of their time, and their music will be enjoyed by hip-hop fans past, present, and future. "Award Tour," "Electric Relaxation," "Oh My God," "Midnight," "Lyrics To Go," etc. are some of the best songs hip-hop has produced. If you are a fan of hip-hop, you MUST own this album. Seriously, if you don't have it, go out and buy it IMMEDIATELY!
Most recent customer reviews
With the recent passing of Phife Dawg this is one solid album. Great from start to the end. Well worth adding some 90's hip hop to your collectionPublished 4 months ago by Corey
No other hip hop artist or group have dropped 3 consecutive classic albums in a row. Classic means that every song on each album is a banger or above average with no filler... Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by The Specialist
I gave this album four stars (don't hate me, lol) because it's hard to top The Low End Theory, and you can tell that this album is a little more mainstream (see "Award... Read morePublished on June 25 2004 by M.C. Ol' Skool
I've heard all of them and this one is the best. Come on, think about all the memorable songs: Award Tour, Sucka Nigga, Electric Relaxation, Oh My God, and Lyrics to Go alone are... Read morePublished on June 23 2004 by B
Classic doesn't do this justice, this album is so beyond that. Never will you hear an album of this quality again, everything is perfect. Read morePublished on June 11 2004 by michael k.
The most critical anyone can be about this album is that each track is so-good, that not one really stands out. Well god-damn! Seriously though, this album is really incredible. Read morePublished on May 9 2004 by SheffieldAl