Undun

Label
def jam records
Release date
6 Dec 2011
Running length
14 tracks
Running time
38:50

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Roots - Dun 1:17 70,442
2 The Roots - Sleep 2:15 77,000
3 The Roots - Make My 4:28 68,653
4 The Roots - One Time 3:56 40,447
5 The Roots - Kool On (album version (explicit)) 3:49 2,127
6 The Roots - The OtherSide 4:03 55,201
7 The Roots - Stomp 2:23 38,111
8 The Roots - Lighthouse (album version (explicit)) 3:44 1,906
9 The Roots - I Remember 3:15 59,254
10 The Roots - Tip The Scale 4:18 32,196
11 Sufjan Stevens - Redford (For Yia-Yia & Pappou) 1:52 113,451
12 The Roots - Possibility (2nd Movement) 0:55 48,106
13 The Roots - Will to Power (3rd Movement) 1:04 43,586
14 The Roots - Finality (4th Movement) 1:31 45,737

About this album

Undun is the twelfth studio album by American hip hop band The Roots, released on December 2, 2011, by Def Jam Recordings. Recording sessions for the album took place at several recording locations in Philadelphia and New York City. Production was handled primarily by Questlove, record producer and drummer for the band.

Undun incorporates neo soul and indie music elements. It is an existential concept album about the short, tragic life of fictional character Redford Stevens, set in urban poverty, and is told through a reverse-chronological narrative.

The album performed modestly on music charts and sold 112,000 copies in the United States. Upon its release, Undun received general acclaim from music critics, who praised its existential subject matter, production quality, and the band’s musicianship. It was included on several critics’ year-end lists of best albums.

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  • SimonePerrota

    This album would've been amazing if they'd gone for it a little more. I know The Roots is fundamentally a hip-hop group but sometimes you wish they'd do a little more melodically...

    16 Jun 5:24pm Reply
  • dAdriano

    ★★★★★

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • DickBigems

    I actually thought a lot of these choruses were pretty good, particularly I liked the ones on "Sleep", "Lighthouse", and "The Otherside". For the most part they all served their purpose well in the overall concepts of the songs and album as a whole (though I admit lately, some of The Roots choruses can sound a little underwhelming). The one I don't care for really was "Kool On", that one kind of comes off as generic and somewhat corny... I can see where betrazivis is coming from though, this album, instrumentally, can sound kind of basic at points. ?uestlove lays down a drum beat then a piano and/or keyboard come in and build around it, in a very simplistic manner a lot of times (or vice versa). The only songs on the album which don't seem to share this same type of composition are "Kool On" and "Stomp", which include more noticeable guitar riffs. Nonetheless, The Roots' improv and occasional symphonic backing totally make up for this in my opinion, much less the strong rapping.

    9 Jun 2013 Reply
  • person2456

    I agree with the guy below. These songs are fantastic aside from the horrible choruses. They should rerelease without that annoying person on it. The only exception to this is Make My

    1 Jun 2013 Reply
  • betrazivis

    Cool raps, but too cheesy melodies. This has not a whiff of the deepness of "things fall apart".

    24 Apr 2013 Reply
  • darkfalco3

    The entire album shows what genius musicians can do in terms of creativity and trans-style composition.

    23 Feb 2013 Reply
  • wiefrafs

    What is this good rap?!

    26 Jan 2013 Reply
  • PubliKEnemy08

    A year later, this is still one of my favorite albums... and why are there Roots & Beatles comparisons?

    17 Dec 2012 Reply
  • MorningBleach

    This album got me back into rap. The Roots never cease to amaze me.

    13 Sep 2012 Reply
  • AirJordn

    track 3 gotta be my favourite

    14 Jul 2012 Reply
  • sjm26b

    going back to this listening to again and this is def a classic

    20 Jun 2012 Reply
  • daughtercell

    This is fucking amazing. I can't stop playing it.

    25 Apr 2012 Reply
  • feniks8

    I didnt listen The Beatles, because i dont have to:-) I have The Roots,

    19 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Ae318

    The Roots lyrics are from "The Roots"

    31 Mar 2012 Reply
  • spiderone27

    Amazing!

    13 Mar 2012 Reply
  • MelencoliaI

    In my top 5 favorite rap albums along with black on both sides, midnight marauders, stakes is high, and illadelph halflife.

    11 Mar 2012 Reply
  • hakefead

    The OtherSide is one of the coolest songs I've heard in years.

    10 Mar 2012 Reply
  • ndiginiz

    damn so looking forward to getting and listening to this very shortly!

    29 Feb 2012 Reply
  • itsrivland

    Instant classic.

    26 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Timppa2000

    so so so much better than How I got Over, which was quite an disappointment for me. ty Roots

    9 Feb 2012 Reply
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