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
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.