Initial Thoughts on The Roots’ The Tipping Point

The Roots just released their latest album today, The Tipping Point. After one listen through, I rate this album comparably to Phrenology. It’s an uneven album, with good, solid songs and songs I just don’t like and/or get. It’s got some solid tracks, but like Phrenology, it’s got some of that over-wrought R&B male vocal crap that drives me nuts. I understand that many people love listening to that style of R&B, but I do not. Also, some of these featured guest vocalists just pale next to Black Thought, who I’d much rather hear.

Worth a purchase? Probably. If you’re a Roots fan, you’ll most likely enjoy it as much as their previous album.

My favorite tracks after one listen:

  • Don’t Say Nuthin’
  • Guns are Drawn
  • Web
  • Boom!

The rest are either just OK or I could do without. The Roots are still great live (at least as of this past New Year’s), but I’m not so sure I’m feeling their album work as much anymore. They’re definitely moving in a particular direction, so I don’t think they’re ‘losing it,’ per se. I’m just not as interested in coming along for the ride.

That being said, Things Fall Apart is still one of the best hip-hop albums ever made, so at least listen to that if you haven’t already.

3 Responses to “Initial Thoughts on The Roots’ The Tipping Point

  1. agerard says:

    There is something about this album that draws me in over and over. Since I picked it up yesterday after work, I’ve listened to it at least 5 times. I can’t stop.

    It’s got some solid tracks, but like Phrenology, it’s got some of that over-wrought R&B male vocal crap that drives me nuts. I understand that many people love listening to that style of R&B, but I do not.
    I hear you, but I must be one of those people who enjoy that style of R&B. Or maybe, as long as that R&B voice isn’t singing about pushing his “seed in her bush for life” I’m happy. I also think that, on this album, the actual singing vocals are more of a throwback to the 70s funk than the current R&B crap we hear on the radio.

  2. chris r says:

    I agree with you there. I am very happy that I didn’t have to suffer through another ‘The Seed 2.0 (feat. Cody Chestnutt)’. I’ve been re-listening to the album as well, so that’s a good sign.

  3. SP says:

    I think you hit the nail on the head with the better tracks. But, I would also want to add the first track “Star” and both bonus tracks (the one with Dave Chappelle and the amazing funk instrumental). Now, since I’ve added those, that means that I enjoy more than half of the album, which in this day and age is quite an accomplishment…unless we’re talking about Incubus.