Release date
16 Sep 2011
Running length
16 tracks
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1 Phrentrow (Album Version (Explicit)) 0:20 30
2 Rock You (Album Version (Explicit)) 3:13 321
3 !!!!!!! (Album Version (Explicit)) 0:24 47
4 Sacrifice (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:45 242
5 Rolling With Heat (Album Version (Explicit)) 3:42 215
6 WAOK (Ay) Rollcall (Album Version (Explicit)) 1:00 204
7 Thought @ Work (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:44 211
8 The Seed (2.0) (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:28 1,028
9 Break You Off (Album Version (Explicit)) 7:28 306
10 Water (Album Version (Explicit)) 10:25 103
11 Quills (Album Version (Explicit)) 3:46 175
12 Pussy Galore (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:29 185
13 Complexity (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:48 154
14 Something In The Way Of Things (In Town) (Vinyl Album Version (Explicit)) 6:47 354
15 Rhymes And Ammo (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:32 103
16 Thirsty! (CD Album Version) 2:48 314

About this album

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, hugely ambitious opus that’s by turns brilliant and bewildering, as it strains to push the very sound of hip-hop into the future. Despite a few gentler tracks (like the Nelly Furtado and Jill Scott guest spots), Phrenology is the hardest-hitting Roots album to date, partly because it’s their most successful attempt to re-create their concert punch in the studio. ?uestlove’s drums positively boom out of the speakers on the Talib Kweli duet “Rolling With Heat”; the fantastic, lean guitar groover “The Seed (2.0)” (with neo-soul auteur Cody ChesnuTT); and the opening section of “Water.” The ten-minute “Water” is the album’s centerpiece, a powerful look at former Roots MC Malik B.’s drug problems that morphs into a downright avant-garde sound collage. Similarly, lead single “Break You Off,” a neo-soul duet with Musiq, winds up in a melange of drum’n’bass programming and live strings.

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  • 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...

    8 Mar 2014 Reply
  • wazokalinga

    I love the Roots!!!!

    8 Jul 2013 Reply
  • MangoBongo

    My respect for this album increases every time I revisit it.

    4 Jul 2013 Reply
  • PubliKEnemy08

    Spectacular album, I really like the album cover art, too.

    4 Aug 2012 Reply
  • TheLukieBoi1

    My least favourite Roots album.. There was only 3 tracks i really liked.

    24 Feb 2012 Reply
  • gloathcrusade

    Soooo good.

    9 Oct 2011 Reply
  • ray-oflight

    The single "The Seed (2.0)" is the best track!

    2 Dec 2010 Reply
  • MCIS

    Smart, hooky, melodic and experimental in an eclectic mix that somehow still comes together. Fantastic album.

    21 Nov 2010 Reply
  • MangoBongo

    I've been seriously underrating this for years... it's genius.

    16 Apr 2010 Reply
  • SuperCoolBros

    water [1]

    19 Nov 2009 Reply
  • KingHeff

    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

    30 Oct 2009 Reply
  • TotalHenshin

    Modern classic.

    16 Sep 2009 Reply
  • ValuedDude

    Their weakest album, IMO, but it's still damn good.

    2 Jul 2009 Reply
  • onion_flotilla

    "Would I be correct in saying that The Roots are the first rap group to write a punk tune?" Beasties?

    25 Jun 2009 Reply
  • T-101

    i love this album. it's so organic/fresh and different.. nothin like experimental music when it goes right.

    2 May 2009 Reply
  • Cints

    esta bien bien bien chingón

    13 Apr 2009 Reply
  • StarCoreA

    An incredible album. Especially Something in the Way of Things.

    9 Jan 2009 Reply
  • kupaziom

    Water The First Movement/ Water The Abyss/ Water The Drowning Version (Explicit))

    17 Sep 2008 Reply
  • humorlos

    where is "water"?!

    2 Sep 2008 Reply
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