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All Music Guide - M.F. DiBella
Stolen Lives is the sophomore project from Source of Labor, released on the heels of Full Circle, an EP that received some critical acclaim. From the start, it's impossible to separate the SoL style from their obvious influence, the Roots. The problem here is that SoL attempts to effect the live-instrument production feel almost entirely through synthetic measures (most glaring is the pervasive, billowy effects-ridden keyboard that is a clear homage to the Roots crew). Head MC Wordsayer's (who also moonlights as a high school creative writing teacher in inner-city Seattle) well-constructed, politically-tinged lyrics often mesh well with the swampy production of Negus I and...
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All Music Guide - M.F. DiBella
Stolen Lives is the sophomore project from Source of Labor, released on the heels of Full Circle, an EP that received some critical acclaim. From the start, it's impossible to separate the SoL style from their obvious influence, the Roots. The problem here is that SoL attempts to effect the live-instrument production feel almost entirely through synthetic measures (most glaring is the pervasive, billowy effects-ridden keyboard that is a clear homage to the Roots crew). Head MC Wordsayer's (who also moonlights as a high school creative writing teacher in inner-city Seattle) well-constructed, politically-tinged lyrics often mesh well with the swampy production of Negus I and Vitamin D, but the Roots formula is followed so precisely that there is even an Ursula Rucker sound-alike on the spoken word-styled track "Invaded Lands." While SoL's sentiments and attempt at hip-hop reclamation are worthwhile and undeniably authentic, their stylistic employ comes off sounding rather unoriginal. In the end, if you're looking for something exceptional from hip-hop's "Wetlands," you're simply S.O.L.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2001
  • Label: Sub Verse
  • UPC: 685669001928
  • Catalog Number: 19

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Invocation (1:10)
  2. 2 Easy (5:58)
  3. 3 Stories (4:20)
  4. 4 Emerald City (1:41)
  5. 5 Wetlands (4:47)
  6. 6 Audio Visual (4:30)
  7. 7 Games (2:30)
  8. 8 Sunshower (1:49)
  9. 9 Upendo Selassie (5:23)
  10. 10 Papa (1:55)
  11. 11 Wonder Twins (4:30)
  12. 12 Never Your Less (3:18)
  13. 13 Ascension (1:50)
  14. 14 What (3:18)
  15. 15 Full Circle (5:42)
  16. 16 Clear Speak (3:35)
  17. 17 Invaded Lands (2:22)
  18. 18 Stolen Lives (5:33)
  19. 19 Livication (9:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Source of Labor Primary Artist
Ollie Voices
Reggie Watts Harmony
Wordsayer Keyboards
Darrius Willrich Keyboards
Norma Voices
Felicia Loud Choir, Chorus
Kevin Hudson Upright Bass
Technical Credits
Erik Lil Rick White Executive Producer
Vitamin D Producer, Engineer, Contributor
Wordsayer Arranger, Lyricist, Producer, Engineer
Darrius Willrich Producer
Negus I Producer, Engineer
Bean One Producer, Engineer
Jonathan Moore Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent

    By all rights, Seattle-based SOL should be much more famous then they are. This is first-rate hip-hop in the tradition of Digable Planets and Tribe Called Quest. The group's smooth flow and laid-back grooves satisfy the ears and the spine, while the lyrics eschew hip-pop materialism and thuggery in favor of political consciousness and "positivity." The downside is that, like most rap albums, this one is uneven: 4 tracks are outstanding (2, 3, 5, and 15), 7 are solid, and 3 are poor (the remaining 5 are interludes). But that's enough to make it a great album, delivering a quality vibe throughout with quite a few moments of brilliance and only occasional lapses.

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