No Roots

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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
Dance music isn't usually known for its political content. Faithless themselves have spent more time championing the glories of club life than dissecting a world weighted down by war, terrorism, and poverty. That's all changed with No Roots, an ambitious disc that offers sustenance to both body and brain. The focal point is the startling single "Mass Destruction," a brazen study of a boy whose dad goes off to war. Over simmering beats cooked up by Sister Bliss and Rollo better known for the feel-good tracks he's made for his sister Dido, MC Maxi Jazz lays down a chorus indicting ignorance, racism, greed, and more, with lines like "Whether long range weapon or suicide...
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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
Dance music isn't usually known for its political content. Faithless themselves have spent more time championing the glories of club life than dissecting a world weighted down by war, terrorism, and poverty. That's all changed with No Roots, an ambitious disc that offers sustenance to both body and brain. The focal point is the startling single "Mass Destruction," a brazen study of a boy whose dad goes off to war. Over simmering beats cooked up by Sister Bliss and Rollo better known for the feel-good tracks he's made for his sister Dido, MC Maxi Jazz lays down a chorus indicting ignorance, racism, greed, and more, with lines like "Whether long range weapon or suicide bomb/ A wicked mind is a weapon of mass destruction." Not since Massive Attack or Tricky at his peak has the sizzle of social concern ignited a fire in the electronic music world. The rest of the disc offers plenty of mike time to newcomer LSK, who echoes Maxi Jazz's thoughts with a smooth voice on songs like "Love Lies on My Street," which champions love as a balm to both urban and worldwide wounds. Even sis Dido turns up to duet with Maxi on the title track, her feathery vocals providing a stark contrast to his husky endorsement of love in all its manifestations. Musically, Bliss and Rollo flex their muscles as well: The tracks are woven together in two suite-like halves, with swooning synths, chiming acoustic guitars, buzzing electric ones, and velvety string arrangements. Rarely is ambition rewarded so amply as it is on this thought-provoking, hip-swiveling disc.
All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Not that it was a valid argument before, but with the release of No Roots you can't say "every Faithless album sounds the same" any longer. The 15 tracks are broken into two suites -- seven tracks each -- with a remix of "Mass Destruction" tacked onto the end. Both suites focus on love: love of people, love of humanity, love of peace. There's plenty of conviction, plenty of message, and very little for the club. Headphone-friendly, the album is the best showcase yet for Rollo and Sister Bliss the musical half of Faithless, as the music all in the key of C by the way is stunning. Polished and purposeful, the tunes glide one to the next effortlessly, making this the most thought-out Faithless album yet. Mood is the thing and as a result only a few tracks -- "Mass Destruction," "I Want You More, Pt. 2," "Miss U Less, See U More" -- stand out on their own. But if the album isn't as powerful as one would have hoped, it's very personal. It's a good move since everybody knows the band can churn out a fluffy banger like "Insomnia" anytime they want; now the band's zealous fans finally make sense to an outsider. The album is for the fans, and maybe newcomers with patience and a penchant for wandering introspection. New vocalist LSK's cool reggae toasting mixes well with Maxi Jazz's conversational style, and "You ain't going to nirvana -- or far-vana" is the only lyric that'll cause cringes. More than a placeholder, No Roots is a satisfying album that's like the kid on the cover. It's lovable but requires attention and commitment.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/20/2004
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 828766349726
  • Catalog Number: 63497

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Introduction
  2. 2 Mass Destruction
  3. 3 I Want More - Part 1
  4. 4 I Want More - Part 2
  5. 5 Love Lives On My Street
  6. 6 Bluegrass
  7. 7 Sweep
  8. 8 Miss U Less, See U More
  9. 9 No Roots
  10. 10 Swingers
  11. 11 Pastoral
  12. 12 Everything Will Be Alright Tomorrow
  13. 13 What About Love
  14. 14 In The End
  15. 15 Mass Destruction
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Faithless Primary Artist
Nina Simone Vocals
Dido Vocals
P-Nut Bass Guitar
Sister Bliss Bass, Guitar, Piano, Strings, Keyboards
Maxi Jazz Vocals
Nemo Jones Guitar
LSK Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Matt Benbrook Guitar
Technical Credits
Nina Simone Composer
P-Nut Producer
Sister Bliss Composer, Programming, Producer
Maxi Jazz Composer
Miles Showell Mastering
Dave Randall Composer
Dido Armstrong Composer
Aubrey Nunn Composer
Sipa Press Cover Photo
Rex Features Cover Photo
Grippa Engineer
Nemo Jones Composer
LSK Composer, Illustrations
Rollo Armstrong Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Liner Notes
Julian Lowe Mastering
Gavin Callaghan Engineer
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