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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The Roots album graced by a Romare Bearden collage is less than half the length of each studio set the group released from 1995 through 2002. It might be the one that requires the most deep listening to absorb. Part of that can be attributed to the array of voices, or characters -- the widest variety of Roots guests yet. Given that, as well as the collage-like insertion of three preexisting recordings, it could be disregarded as less a Roots album than Wise Up Ghost, their Elvis Costello fling. Framed as conceptual, it's an examination of self-destructive cycles with materialism, god, and the devil all factors as much as any of the instrumentalists. In a way, it's one ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The Roots album graced by a Romare Bearden collage is less than half the length of each studio set the group released from 1995 through 2002. It might be the one that requires the most deep listening to absorb. Part of that can be attributed to the array of voices, or characters -- the widest variety of Roots guests yet. Given that, as well as the collage-like insertion of three preexisting recordings, it could be disregarded as less a Roots album than Wise Up Ghost, their Elvis Costello fling. Framed as conceptual, it's an examination of self-destructive cycles with materialism, god, and the devil all factors as much as any of the instrumentalists. In a way, it's one facet of the Roots in severely concentrated form. Black Thought, as ever, sharply portrays a man trying to make the most out of suffocating circumstances. He enters on the creeping dread of "Never," a song that also features Patty Crash in singing Talky Tina mode, with "I was born faceless in a oasis/Folks disappear here and leave no traces." On the following "When the People Cheer," he's even more penetrating and provocative, "Searchin' for physical pleasure if I don't go mental first." Those songs, along with the harder-hitting "Black Rock" and "Understand," are child's play relative to what follows. The album pivots on a jarring minute-length extract from experimental composer Michel Chion's "Requiem." Then, a chilling piano-and-strings ballad fronted by Mercedes Martinez stammers and slips into chaos. Over casually tense drums and piano, "The Dark (Trinity)" involves Black Thought, Dice Raw, and Greg Porn, who blur the line between boastful and despondent; Dice Raw's verse, where he wonders how he went from lusting after Jordans to wanting one of his "bitches" to get an abortion, is coldest of all. "The Unraveling" is a dejected shuffle -- proper support for Raheem DeVaughn's conflicting thoughts of rebirth and emptiness -- with a lullaby break. DeVaughn continues to lead on the finale, "Tomorrow," a sonically sprightly number that can be taken as sarcastic, from the whistled intro to the singer's "I'm thankful to be alive, 'cause you sleep from eleven to seven, and work hard from nine to five." When it seems like the simple and chipper rhythm is about to fade away, the piano switches course and shifts into one of the most gorgeous melodies heard on any Roots album. It crash-lands, abruptly ending an album that, depending on the amount of time spent with it, will seem either fragmentary and hollow or fathoms deep -- either a trifle or among the group's most remarkable work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/2014
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 602537828791
  • Catalog Number: 002075402
  • Sales rank: 22,191

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Theme from Middle of the Night (1:27)
  2. 2 Never - PAttYCraSH (3:54)
  3. 3 When the People Cheer - Modesty Lycan (3:01)
  4. 4 The Devil (0:38)
  5. 5 Black Rock - Dice Raw (2:41)
  6. 6 Understand - Greg Porn (2:50)
  7. 7 Dies Irae (1:07)
  8. 8 The Coming - Mercedes Martinez (3:01)
  9. 9 The Dark (Trinity) - Greg Porn (5:17)
  10. 10 The Unraveling - Raheem DeVaughn (4:20)
  11. 11 Tomorrow - Raheem DeVaughn (5:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Roots Primary Artist
James Poyser Keyboards, Group Member
Tariq Trotter Vocals, Group Member
Emily Smith Violin
Raheem DeVaughn Vocals
Sean Lee Violin
Mercedes Martinez Vocals
Dame "Tuba Gooding Jr." Bryson Sousaphone, Group Member
PAttYCraSH Vocals
Danny Kim Viola
Mark Kelley Bass, Group Member
Captain Kirk Douglas Guitar, Group Member
Kamal Gray Keyboards, Group Member
Frank "Knuckles" Walker Percussion, Group Member
Metropolis Ensemble Strings
Andrew Cyr Conductor
Ahmir Thompson Drums, Group Member
Karl "Dice Raw" Jenkins Vocals
Greg Porn Vocals
Dane Johansen Cello
Modesty Lycan Vocals
Alice Yoo Cello
Siwoo Kim Violin
Jack Spelz Viola
Henry Wang Violin
Technical Credits
Mary Lou Williams Composer
D.D. Jackson Composer, Producer, String Arrangements
Karl Jenkins Composer, Producer
Cornell McFadden Composer
Jon Smeltz Engineer
Archie Turner Composer
George Bassman Composer
Richard Nichols Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Art Direction
Kenny J. Gravillis Art Direction
Deborah Mannis-Gardner Sample Clearance
Tariq Trotter Composer, Producer
Adolfo Salazar Composer
Romare Bearden Cover Art
Raheem DeVaughn Composer
Montez Roberts Engineer
Damian Ward Producer
Todd Russell Art Direction
David Simpson Composer
Dave Kutch Mastering
Paddy Chayefsky Composer
Ray Angry Composer, Producer
Ahmir Thompson Producer
Andy Proctor Package Production
Mike Jerz Producer, Engineer
Gregory Spearman Composer
Trapzillas (Logic Ali) Producer
Willie Pettis Composer
Kirk Dudley Composer
Joseph Simmons Composer, Producer
Damion Ward Composer, Producer
Adrian Charlie Guzman Composer
Katrin Newman Composer
Greggory Bradsher Composer
The Wurxs Producer
Pat McNulty Engineer
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