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Speakerboxxx/The Love Below Enhanced

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Sept. 23 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • ASIN: B0000AGWFX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 733 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,388 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Disc: 1
1. Intro
2. Ghettomusick
3. Unhappy
4. Bowtie
5. The Way You Move
6. The Rooster
7. Bust
8. War
9. Church
10. Bamboo (Interlude)
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Disc: 2
1. The Love Below (Intro)
2. Love Hater
3. God (Interlude)
4. Happy Valentine's Day
5. Spread
6. Where Are My Panties?
7. Prototype
8. She Lives In My Lap
9. Hey Ya!
10. Roses
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Product Description

Product Description

2003 two CD release from the Hip Hop duo that contains a quasi solo album from each member (Big Boi and Dre 3000).


At a time when experimentation is taboo in most overground rap, that’s all Outkast seem intent on executing. Firstly, this double CD has no cohesive link, other than the fact that it sounds like a pair of solo albums stitched together to demo exactly how Andre’s yin works to augment Big Boi’s yang. Andre 3000’s Love Below disc rates as the more eclectic of the two, given that he’s turned in his emcee credentials to become a full-on funk-soul-jazz vocalist who mostly sings about items of love ("Happy Valentine's Day"), carnal lust ("Spread"), and female adoration ("Prototype"). Minus the big band schmaltz of "Love Hater" and cheesy cover jobs ("My Favorite Things"), Andre’s disc is sick (meaning great). As is to be expected, the Big Boi disc is less arty, more gangsta and worldly, and features the less-progressive guest raps of ATL crunk purveyors Lil’ Jon and The Eastside Boyz ("Last Call") and Jay-Z who rhymes the hook on "Flip Flop Rock". Unlike Big Boi, Andre keeps his collabos to a minimum, once crooning alongside Norah Jones on the cool yet sappy "Take Off Your Cool", and once with Kelis. Boi fulfills his Dungeon Family duty with flying colors by flipping some dirty southern up-tempo raps over electro beats on "GhettoMusick". By the time Cee-Lo sermonizes on "Reset", Speakerboxx and Love Below rate mostly as majestic and inspiring, with the remaining 23 per cent being just plain incredible --Dalton Higgins

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Format: Audio CD
this is, by all means, a fan'lbum , and also an educational album. If you have been curious as far as how far outkast can stretch things, please buy this. IF you are just looking to get this to be down with your friends, dont do it.
Dre's disc:
I wasnt expecting this at all. I wanted to say that I am very happy that he did what he did, and took the risks that he did. Music is a business unfortunately, and even when you are established and not at risk of being dropped by your label, you still put out what the people want to hear and spite your heart.
From the beginning, I got the idea that the singing thing wasnt a gimmick. he expierimented on past albums, and this picks where he left off. Love hater is great, Happy Valentine's Day had me dance in my car seat. Spread is drity and funny. Prototype seems to blend country and R&B elements with his "falsetto". She live in my lap should have been a single, but things happen. "Hey Ya", what can I say? Ingenous. and it continue throughout. Pink and blue is a great takeoff of Prince's style, and a indirect tribute to Aaliyah. the Subject matter was great on this album, but......there is ONE song, that just made me understand totally where dre is going, and how far he can go:Take off your cool. To get Norah Jones on a Hip Hop album, and make a song you want your MOM to hear, and sound so good. GEE!
Big Boi's Disc:
Why do people continue to sleep on this man? Yes, Andre is the better rapper of the two, BUT, stop looking over this man's talent. He paints pictures, he is slickw with his words, he works hard at what he does. I am still stuck on some things he said on Stankonia.
Ghettomusik is beautiful, I pump this loudly, i just didnt understand why so much of Dre was on here, not that I minded.
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First of all, what's with all the bad reviews? Hey Ya is NOT annoying, it's the most innovative thing to come out in ages. Roses is NOT a dumb song, it's just as creative as Hey Ya, funny too. Most people either don't know the words or just don't understand it. And Big Boi, has NOT sold out, he's better than ever: example - The Way You Move, the beat, the flow, the hook, everything about it makes it a great song. This is as good as mainstream music gets.
I know what everyone is thinking. I thought the same thing too when I bought the album when it first came out. I thought "What the hell is Andre doing?". His CD is about 90% rap-less, and considering he was a major success as a rapper, no one expected it to be very good. But now I can safely say what Andre was doing, he was being a genius. "Happy Valentine's Day" is an extremely funky spoken-word song where he actually raps, and sounds great while doing so. He also spits a great verse in "Spread". In that particular song, his flow easily matches the speed of Big Boi. "Prototype" is a Prince-esque ballad about "the perfect woman" in Andre's view. And everyone knows "Hey Ya", the brilliant, danceable mainstream smash. Big Boi leaves his mark on "Roses", the second single off The Love Below, a great one too, pretty funny as well. "Pink & Blue" is the most interesting song on The Love Below. Produced by R. Kelly, this one has the best ending on a song I've ever heard. "She's Alive" is a very touching track where Andre sings about his mom raising Andre all by herself.
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I have enjoyed Outkast since their first album and I have also always been amazed at how they shape and change hip-hop and music in general with each album. Each album up to this double set was just stronger with time. However, Speakerboxx/The Love Below maybe one of the poorest efforts I have seen from Outkast. It puzzled me the first time I heard it in 2003 and it still hasn't grabbed my attention. Moreover, this is the only Outkast CD I have found at used CD stores that have these used copies for sale and it's bulky amounts of them. Since it's a two disc set, I gave a separate ranking to each one and then combined them for a total.
Big Boi's disc, Speakerboxx, is by no means the strongest disc produced by him or Outkast. The first six tracks are hip-hop "pop" as I like to deem it...I literally felt like I was either in a cartoon or I had picked up some new poppy dance music. "The Way You Move" has been overplayed and I just don't like the style of it with a pop sound. However, I am impressed that Sleepy Brown is getting recognition for appearing on this track and it should help to launch his CD's sale for Only The Grown and Sexy. "Bust" was a good track while "War" was a very deep song that I may not agree with but it's still absolutely amazing in Outkast style. From there to the end of the disc, Big Boi throws amazing rhymes and the guest appearances are second to none. Most of the tracks from "Bust" onward are great but "Flip Flop Rock" has to be one of my favorite tracks on the disc since Big Boi, Killer Mike, and Jay-Z rap with so much style, it's definately the track of the titans of hip-hop. Although I can't say this is the best disc by Outkast, it does have a new style and though it lacks at the beginning, it makes up for itself the rest of the way through.
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