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The easy-flowing Things Fall Apart made the Roots one of the most popular artists of alternative rap's second wave. Anticipated nearly as much as it was delayed, the proper studio follow-up, Phrenology, finally appeared in late 2002, after much perfectionist tinkering by the band — so much that the liner notes include recording dates (covering a span of two years) and, sometimes, histories for the individual tracks. Coffeehouse music programmers beware: Phrenology is not Things Fall Apart redux; it's a challenging… read more



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  • Avatar for SimonePerrota
    "really really dislike this record, every other roots record is 100% classic (except Tipping Point). the second half of tipping point sucked =/ and 3/4 of this album did". I wouldn't give your ears to the most disabled child in the world...
  • Avatar for wazokalinga
    I love the Roots!!!!
  • Avatar for MangoBongo
    My respect for this album increases every time I revisit it.
  • Avatar for PubliKEnemy08
    Spectacular album, I really like the album cover art, too.
  • Avatar for TheLukieBoi1
    My least favourite Roots album.. There was only 3 tracks i really liked.
  • Avatar for gloathcrusade
    Soooo good.
  • Avatar for ray-oflight
    The single "The Seed (2.0)" is the best track!
  • Avatar for MCIS
    Smart, hooky, melodic and experimental in an eclectic mix that somehow still comes together. Fantastic album.
  • Avatar for MangoBongo
    I've been seriously underrating this for years... it's genius.
  • Avatar for SuperCoolBros
    water [1]

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