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Philadelphia's popularly regarded as among today's most innovative, adverturous and influential bands, return with their highly anticipated 6th album. With contributions from Jean Grae, Martin Luther, Devin the Dude, guitarist Captain Kirk Douglas, producer Scott Storch, and comedian Dave Chappelle.
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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Top Customer Reviews
and yes, its a good album. For roots fans, the best explaination of how i feel is by saying this
Organix-it was the Roots version of the first Fugees album. You say the potential, but didnt completely eenjoy the record.
Do you want more????-you and your friends were checking out this rap/jazz thing for what it was worth, careful not to categorize them as another diggable planets, or Tribe called quest. great album, hip hop classic, Silent treatment is still one of my all time favorite joints, and a 15 yr old dice raw will forever make me remember what lunchroom fresstyling is about.
Illadelph-Best album, Tariq and malik at their best, nuff said.
Things fall Apart- Like Outkast and Jay Z, their worst material is their most commerically praised work. the roots won a Grammy? the roots went gold? I felt like part of the family just watching this happen. Still, there is great material on this record, ex:100% dundee, also includes Ursula's best roost album poem
Phrenology _ their most original album, most personal. subject matter appears throughout a roots album for the first time since Illadelph. actually their first album that truly had a grat amount of subject matter throughout.
Now, with this album the roots take a note from the completeness that is Phrenology, and continue to explore the "Song instead of battle rap" path. great songs, especially Web, Boom!(spooky record), and Stay cool. Perhaps it is best to keep your albums short, and change the pace.Read more ›
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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... Read morePublished on Nov. 16 2004 by Khamhal
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.Published on Sept. 11 2004
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. Read morePublished on July 19 2004
I've never delved into the Roots too deeply, despite being a hip-hop fanatic. This is album had me on the first listen. Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by Scott Sandler
roots jamb but check out afroman and his doubleneck guitar and the 2 zigzags and mr. mixx. afroholic even better times. join the streetteam.
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. Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by G. H. Avery
The Roots are truly a frustrating Band on so many levels. on One there attitude is do as they please,but on the Other as Industry Vets you still wonder what is gonna happen if they... Read morePublished on July 17 2004 by MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD
While not quite as tight as the earlier work, this album definitlely "feels" more like the Roots then Phrenology. Read morePublished on July 17 2004 by John H Euell