3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of...

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Widely adored when it appeared in 1992, Arrested Development's debut album, 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of... seemed to herald a shining new era in alternative rap, when audiences and critics of all colors could agree on the music's importance. Of course, that didn't happen, as Dr. Dre instead took gangsta rap to the top of the charts with The Chronic. In retrospect, 3 Years... isn't quite as revolutionary as it first seemed, though it's still a fine record that often crosses the line into excellence. Its positive messages were the chief selling point for many rock critics, and it's filled with pleas for black unity and brotherly compassion, as well as a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Widely adored when it appeared in 1992, Arrested Development's debut album, 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of... seemed to herald a shining new era in alternative rap, when audiences and critics of all colors could agree on the music's importance. Of course, that didn't happen, as Dr. Dre instead took gangsta rap to the top of the charts with The Chronic. In retrospect, 3 Years... isn't quite as revolutionary as it first seemed, though it's still a fine record that often crosses the line into excellence. Its positive messages were the chief selling point for many rock critics, and it's filled with pleas for black unity and brotherly compassion, as well as a devotion to the struggle for equality. All of that is grounded in a simple, upbeat spirituality that also results in tributes to the homeless the hit "Mr. Wendal", black women of all shapes and sizes, and the natural world. It's determinedly down to earth, and that aesthetic informs the group's music as well. Their sound is a laid-back, southern-fried groove informed by rural blues, African percussion, funk, and melodic R&B. All of it comes together on the classic single "Tennessee," which takes lead rapper Speech on a spiritual quest to reclaim his heritage in a south still haunted by its history. It helped Arrested Development become the first rap group to win a Grammy for Best New Artist, and to top numerous year-end critical polls. In hindsight, there's a distinct political correctness -- even naïveté -- in the lyrics, which places the record firmly in the early '90s; it's also a bit self-consciously profound at times, lacking the playfulness of peers like the Native Tongues. Nonetheless, 3 Years... was a major influence on a new breed of alternative southern hip-hop, including Goodie Mob, OutKast, and Nappy Roots, and it still stands as one of the better albums of its kind.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/24/1992
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 094632192929
  • Catalog Number: 21929
  • Sales rank: 46,861

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Man's Final Frontier (2:38)
  2. 2 Mama's Always on Stage (3:25)
  3. 3 People Everyday (3:26)
  4. 4 Blues Happy (0:46)
  5. 5 Mr. Wendal (4:06)
  6. 6 Children Play with Earth (2:38)
  7. 7 Raining Revolution (3:25)
  8. 8 Fishin' 4 Religion (4:06)
  9. 9 Give a Man a Fish (4:22)
  10. 10 U (4:59)
  11. 11 Eve of Reality (1:53)
  12. 12 Natural (4:18)
  13. 13 Dawn of the Dreads (5:17)
  14. 14 Tennessee (4:32)
  15. 15 Washed Away (6:22)
  16. 16 People Everyday (4:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Arrested Development Primary Artist
Brother Larry Guitar
Dionne Farris Vocals
Larry Jackson Saxophone
Terrance Cinque Mason Vocals
Sister Paulette Vocals
Technical Credits
Arrested Development Arranger, Composer
Baba Oje Contributor
Rasha Don Contributor
Montsho Eshe Contributor
Headliner Contributor
Aerle Taree Contributor
Tom Held Engineer
Don Rasa Contributor
Speech Composer, Producer, Contributor, Executive Producer
Alvin Speights Engineer
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Richard Wells Engineer
Randall Martin Art Direction
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