Speakerboxxx/The Love Below [Clean Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
To call OutKast's follow-up to their 2000 masterpiece Stankonia the most eagerly awaited hip-hop album of the new millennium may be hyperbole, but not by much. In its kaleidoscopic, deep-fried amalgam of Dirty South, dirty funk, techno, and psychedelia, Stankonia was fearlessly exploratory and giddy with possibilities. It was hard to imagine where the duo was going to go next, but one possibility that few entertained was that Big Boi and Andre 3000 would split apart, each recording an album on his own and then releasing the pair as the fifth OutKast album, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, in the fall of 2003. Although both albums have their own distinct character, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
To call OutKast's follow-up to their 2000 masterpiece Stankonia the most eagerly awaited hip-hop album of the new millennium may be hyperbole, but not by much. In its kaleidoscopic, deep-fried amalgam of Dirty South, dirty funk, techno, and psychedelia, Stankonia was fearlessly exploratory and giddy with possibilities. It was hard to imagine where the duo was going to go next, but one possibility that few entertained was that Big Boi and Andre 3000 would split apart, each recording an album on his own and then releasing the pair as the fifth OutKast album, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, in the fall of 2003. Although both albums have their own distinct character, the effect is kind of like if the Beatles issued The White Album as one LP of Lennon tunes, the other of McCartney songs -- the individual records may be more coherent, but the illusion that the group can do anything is tarnished. By isolating themselves from each other, Big Boi and Andre 3000 diminish the idea of OutKast slightly, since the focus is on the individuals, not the group. Which, of course, is part of the point of releasing solo albums under the group name -- it's to prove that the two can exist under the umbrella of the OutKast aesthetic while standing as individuals. Thing is, while it would have been a wild, bracing listen to hear these 39 songs mixed up, alternating between Boi and Dre cuts, the two albums do prove that the music can be solo in execution but remain OutKast records through and through. Both records are visionary, imaginative listens, providing some of the best music of 2003, regardless of genre. If conventional wisdom, based on their public personas and previous music, held that Big Boi's record, Speakerboxxx, would be the more conventional of the two and Andre 3000's The Love Below the more experimental, that doesn't turn out to be quite true. From the moment Speakerboxxx kicks into gear with "GhettoMusick" and its relentless blend of old-school 808s and breakneck breakbeats, it's clear that Boi is ignoring boundaries, and the rest of his album follows suit. It's grounded firmly within hip-hop, but the beats bend against the grain and the arrangements are overflowing with ideas and thrilling, unpredictable juxtapositions, such as how "Bowtie" swings like big-band jazz filtered through George Clinton, how "The Way You Move" offsets its hard-driving verses with seductive choruses, or how "The Rooster" cheerfully rides a threatening minor-key mariachi groove, salted by slippery horns and loose-limbed wah-wah guitars. It's a hell of a ride, reclaiming the adventurous spirit of the golden age and pushing it into a new era. By contrast, The Love Below isn't so much visionary as it is unapologetically eccentric. And as the cocktail jazz pianos that sparkle through the first few songs indicate, it's not much of a hip-hop album. Instead, Andre 3000 has created the great lost Prince album -- the platter that the Purple One recorded somewhere between Around the World in a Day and Sign 'o' the Times. It's not just that the music and song titles cheekily recall Prince -- "She Lives in My Lap" is a close relation of the B-side "She's Always in My Hair" -- it's that Dre disregards any rules on a quest to create his own interior world, right down to a dialogue with God. The difference between Andre 3000 and Prince is in that dialogue, too: Prince was tortured; Andre is trying to get laid. That cheerfully randy spirit surges through The Love Below, even on the spooky-serious closer, "A Life in the Day of Benjamin Andre," and it gives Andre the freedom to try a little of everything, from mock crooning on "Love Haters" to a breakbeat jazz interpretation of "My Favorite Things" to the strange one-man funk of "Roses" and the incandescent "Hey Ya!," where classic soul and electro-funk coexist happily. So, both records are very different, but the remarkable thing is, they both feel thoroughly like OutKast music. Big Boi and Andre 3000 took off in different directions from the same starting point, yet they wind up sounding unified because they share the same freewheeling aesthetic, where everything is alive and everything is possible within their music. That spirit fuels not just the best hip-hop, but the best pop music, and both Speakerboxxx and The Love Below are among the best hip-hop and best pop music released this decade. Each is a knockout individually, and paired together, their force is undeniable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: La Face
  • UPC: 828765013420
  • Catalog Number: 50134
  • Sales rank: 66,545

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (1:29)
  2. 2 Ghetto Musick (3:56)
  3. 3 Unhappy (3:19)
  4. 4 Bowtie - Sleepy Brown (3:56)
  5. 5 The Way You Move - Sleepy Brown (3:53)
  6. 6 The Rooster (3:57)
  7. 7 Bust - Killer Mike (3:08)
  8. 8 War - Killer Mike (2:43)
  9. 9 Church (3:27)
  10. 10 Bamboo (Interlude) (2:09)
  11. 11 Tomb of the Boom - Konkrete (4:46)
  12. 12 E-Mac (Interlude) (0:24)
  13. 13 Knowing (3:32)
  14. 14 Flip Flop Rock - Killer Mike (4:35)
  15. 15 Interlude (1:15)
  16. 16 Reset (4:35)
  17. 17 D-Boi (Interlude) (0:40)
  18. 18 Last Call - Mello (3:57)
  19. 19 Bowtie (Postlude) (0:34)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Love Below (Intro) (1:27)
  2. 2 Love Hater (2:49)
  3. 3 God (Interlude) (2:20)
  4. 4 Happy Valentine's Day (5:23)
  5. 5 Spread (3:51)
  6. 6 Where Are My Panties? (1:54)
  7. 7 Prototype (5:26)
  8. 8 She Lives in My Lap - Rosario Dawson (4:27)
  9. 9 Hey Ya! (3:55)
  10. 10 Roses (6:09)
  11. 11 Good Day, Good Sir (1:25)
  12. 12 Behold a Lady (4:37)
  13. 13 Pink & Blue (5:04)
  14. 14 Love in War (3:25)
  15. 15 She's Alive (4:06)
  16. 16 Dracula's Wedding - Kelis (2:32)
  17. 17 My Favorite Things - Norah Jones (5:13)
  18. 18 Take Off Your Cool (2:38)
  19. 19 Vibrate (6:33)
  20. 20 A Life in the Day of Benjamin André (Incomplete) (5:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
OutKast Primary Artist
Zaza Guitar
Kevin Brandon Double Bass
Mark Cargill Violin
Charles Veal Violin, Concert Master
Joi Vocals, Background Vocals
Louis Kabok Violin
Kevin Kendricks Guitar, Keyboards
Debra Killings Bass, Background Vocals
Gina Kronstadt Violin
Aaron Mills Bass
Kevin O'Neal Double Bass
Robin Ross Viola
Jim Sitterly Violin
Darryl Otis Smith Guitar
Tibor Zelig Violin
Benjamin F. Wright Strings, Conductor
Michele Nardone Viola
David Arenz Strings
David Braitberg Strings
Jay-Z Vocals
Jazze Pha Vocals
Tomi Martin Guitar
John Krovoza Cello
Lil Jon Vocals
Cee Lo Green Vocals
Yarda Kettner Violin
André Benjamin Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Keyboards, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Patrick Morgan Viola
Myrna Crenshaw Vocals, Background Vocals
Antwan Patton Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Donnie Mathis Guitar
David Whild Guitar
Big Gipp Vocals, Background Vocals
Kevin Smith Electric Bass
Kelis Vocals
Marvin "Chanz" Parkman Organ, Keyboards
East Side Boyz Vocals
Richard Keller Strings
Slimm Calhoun Vocals
Ludacris Vocals
Sleepy Brown Vocals, Background Vocals
Killer Mike Vocals, Background Vocals
Rajinder Kala Conga
Mark Casillas Violin
Bonnie Hayes & the Wild Combo Vocals
Moffett Morris Upright Bass
Martin Smith Cello
Mello Vocals, Background Vocals
Tori Alamaze Background Vocals
Mildryln "Big Gul" Andrews Background Vocals
Eleanor Arnez Strings
Marianne Lee Stitt Background Vocals
Catherine Chan Cello
Lisa Chien Cello
Sanford Salzinger Strings
Rosario Dawson Vocals
Konkrete Vocals
Hornz Unlimited Trumpet, Horn
Eric Johnson Strings
Richard Adkins Violin
Marcy Vaj Viola
Technical Credits
Willie Dennis Composer
Bunny Sigler Composer
R. Kelly Composer
Phalon Alexander Composer
Reginald Dozier Engineer
John Frye Engineer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Cameron K-Oz Gipp Composer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Isaac Hayes Composer
Ricky Keller String Arrangements
Kevin Kendricks Composer
OutKast Executive Producer
L.A. Reid Executive Producer
Roger Composer
Benjamin F. Wright String Arrangements
Doug King Composer
Brad Jordan Composer
Carlton "Carl Mo" Mahone Composer
Jeffrey Schulz Art Direction
Matt Still Engineer
Eric Vidal Composer
Mr. DJ Producer
André Benjamin Composer, Programming, Producer
Thomas Burton Composer
Shawn Carter Composer
Myrna Crenshaw Composer
Antwan Patton Composer, Programming, Producer, drum programming
Donnie Mathis Composer
Carl Mo Producer
Cutmaster Swift Producer, Cut
Darrel Thorpe Engineer
Robert Hannon Engineer
Pete Novak Engineer
James Hollins Composer
Terrence Cash Engineer
Brian Paturalski Engineer
Chris Carmouche Engineer
Patrick Brown Composer
Jeminesse "Slimm Jim" Smith Programming
Moka Nagatani Engineer
Dojo5 Producer
Padraic Kernin Engineer
John Frisbee Director
Hornz Unlimited Horn Arrangements
Brian Loving Composer
Willie Knighton Composer
Nathaniel Elder Composer
Cory Andrews Composer
Matt Boykin Composer
Dino Hawkins Composer
James Patton Composer
David Sheats Composer
Christopher Bridges Composer
Michael Render Composer
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