i love most of the guest verses, porns on i cant help it is my favourite of the album but it does just feels like something is missing with less black thought. putting common on what was already the most boring song on the album didn't help imo. the choruses drag this album down i think. unwritten should definitely have been a full song, probably the best chorus on the album.
too many guest rappers on this album. I mean they've basically always brought in some great people but it seems like they relied too heavily on them this go-around.
The first track after the intro starts with Mos Def for example. I was all hyped when I popped in the new CD and wanted to hear Black Thought after the two year wait! Mos Def is fine but I think I'd put Black's verses high above everything else on the album. And that's a big reason why I listen to The Roots - he's fantastic.
Choruses get a little stale and repetitive at times. Album isn't as tight as Game Theory.
I disagree with The Birthday Girl hate. It's catchy as hell. My favorite track on this is definitely the title track.
I don't know how I would rank this album but it isn't their best. I've been listening to a lot of Do You Want More??!! and Phrenology and it definitely can't hang with those.
I will agree that new Roots is better than just about everything else out there, especially in 2008