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Editors’ Notes

The organic sound of The Roots benefits here from herbal supplements like the guitar and the addition of lyricist Dice Raw. Things Fall Apart works cohesively when the lyrical content steps in sync with the overall theme. The duet with Erykah Badu ("You Got Me") is sweet as its message is strong. The collaboration with Common ("The Love of My Life") is powerful both lyrically and sonically (with Zap Mama fluttering in the background), but most of all psychologically. "Dynamite," "Double Trouble," and "Don't See Us" are all classic gas-pedal-mashed-to-the-floor Roots. Philly's finest always catch flack for not reproducing on record what they do live. This album is their convincing rebuttal.

Customer Reviews

Big Homage

The beautiful thing about the eclectic career of The Roots is the consistent reinvention the band seems to go through on every new record and Things Fall Apart is no different. Despite this album being a slight departure from the melodic and jazzed-out mainstays of past albums, the soulful essence of the band still comes through in all its funked out glory. With ?uestlove providing the production, The Roots are at the top of their game. Be sure to download 'Act Too (The Love of My Life)' and the Grammy-winning 'You Got Me', arguably the the best songs the band has ever put out to this point.

Hot Music

not that there is a bad roots album in the bunch, but this one takes the cake. the rhymes are air tight. the cameos are lovely and the music is A+. a must have!

Top ten in my book

Got to check out "double trouble" and "adrenaline!" which i believe are some of the best tracks in the album. ?uestlove backing up the beats with black thought and crew (w/guest appearence) providing the lyrics, its just amazing how this album just flows through. Raw hip hop at its best...

Biography

Formed: 1987 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most prolific rap groups, the Roots were also among the most progressive acts in contemporary music, from their 1993 debut through their conceptual 2010s releases. Despite the seemingly archaic practice of functioning as a rap band with several instrumentalists — from 2007 onward, their lineup even featured a sousaphonist — they were ceaselessly creative, whether with their own material, or through their varied assortment of collaborations. They went platinum and gold with...
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