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Barnes & Noble - Marie Elsie St. Léger
Like its literary namesake the novel written by Nigerian Nobel Prize winner Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart examines the colonial mind-set as manifested in the modern African-American experience. With unfussy yet precise production, irresistible beats, and smooth rhymes provided predominantly by lead MC Black Thought, the Roots stroll through the 'hood, pointing out paradoxes and political realities "Act Won," "Double Trouble", without losing sight of love "You Got Me," featuring Erykah Badu, or missing an opportunity to party "The Next Movement". Few albums manage to simultaneously be this informative, political, and downright groovy. From "Step into the ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Marie Elsie St. Léger
Like its literary namesake the novel written by Nigerian Nobel Prize winner Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart examines the colonial mind-set as manifested in the modern African-American experience. With unfussy yet precise production, irresistible beats, and smooth rhymes provided predominantly by lead MC Black Thought, the Roots stroll through the 'hood, pointing out paradoxes and political realities "Act Won," "Double Trouble", without losing sight of love "You Got Me," featuring Erykah Badu, or missing an opportunity to party "The Next Movement". Few albums manage to simultaneously be this informative, political, and downright groovy. From "Step into the Realm" to the closing strains of "Return to Innocence Lost," the Roots never stray from their mission to enlighten as well as to entertain.
All Music Guide - Steve Huey
One of the cornerstone albums of alternative rap's second wave, Things Fall Apart was the point where the Roots' tremendous potential finally coalesced into a structured album that maintained its focus from top to bottom. If the group sacrifices a little of the unpredictability of its jam sessions, the resulting consistency more than makes up for it, since the record flows from track to track so effortlessly. Taking its title from the Chinua Achebe novel credited with revitalizing African fiction, Things Fall Apart announces its ambition right upfront, and reinforces it in the opening sound collage. Dialogue sampled from Spike Lee's Mo' Better Blues implies a comparison to abstract modern jazz that lost its audience, and there's another quote about hip-hop records being treated as disposable, that they aren't maximized as product or as art. That's the framework in which the album operates, and while there's a definite unity counteracting the second observation, the artistic ambition actually helped gain the Roots a whole new audience "coffeehouse chicks and white dudes," as Common puts it in the liner notes. The backing tracks are jazzy and reflective, filled with subtly unpredictable instrumental lines, and the band also shows a strong affinity for the neo-soul movement, which they actually had a hand in kick-starting via their supporting work on Erykah Badu's Baduizm. Badu returns the favor by guesting on the album's breakthrough single, "You Got Me," an involved love story that also features a rap from Eve, co-writing from Jill Scott, and an unexpected drum'n'bass breakbeat in the outro. Other notables include Mos Def on the playful old-school rhymefest "Double Trouble," Slum Village superproducer Jay Dee on "Dynamite!," and Philly native DJ Jazzy Jeff on "The Next Movement." But the real stars are Black Thought and Malik B, who drop such consistently nimble rhymes throughout the record that picking highlights is extremely difficult. Along with works by Lauryn Hill, Common, and Black Star, Things Fall Apart is essential listening for anyone interested in the new breed of mainstream conscious rap.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/23/1999
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811194826
  • Catalog Number: 11948
  • Sales rank: 2,864

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Roots Primary Artist
D'Angelo Keyboards
Marie Daulne Background Vocals
Larry Gold Viola
Bob Powers Synthesizer
James Poyser Keyboards
Scott Spencer Storch Keyboards
Erykah Badu Background Vocals
Igor Szwec Violin
Anthony Tidd Guitar
Common Vocals
Mos Def Vocals
Technical Credits
Kamal Producer
Dave Ivory Engineer
Derek Jackson Executive Producer
Axel Niehaus Engineer
James Poyser Producer
Scott Spencer Storch Producer, Engineer
Richard Nichols Producer, Executive Producer
Ursula Rucker Poetry
Tom Coyne Mastering
Chaos Producer
Todd Fairall Engineer
Gordon Rice Engineer
Kenny J. Gravillis Artwork
Francesca Spero Executive Producer
?uestlove Composer, Producer
Tariq Trotter Producer
Blair Wells Engineer
Melvin Lewis Engineer
Russell A. Robinson Artwork
Keith Cramer Engineer
Erik Steinert Pro-Tools
E. Smith Composer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    things fall into place

    4 stars only because illadelph was a 5 star album. Black Thought continues to improve.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    IF YOU WERE WORRIED.....

    Although The Roots may seem as though they are new, they have been around since the beginning of time... or at least rap. Coming even harder on there most celebrated and commercial successful album, I would have to say that these maters of live performances ( i.e. Audiotistic held in San Bernardino attracted thousands upon thousands of people, young and old ) have finally made them a well known name in the public's eye. Well done...Well done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HOW MANY PEOPLE ONLINE LOVE MUSIC?

    THEY DIDN'T WIN A GRAMMY FOR NOTHING! FINALLY THE ROOTS GET THE WELL DESERVED RECOGNITION THAT THEY DESERVE. BUT IF YOU THINK THAT THE ONLY STANDOUT ON THIS ALBUM IS 'YOU GOT ME' FEATURING ERYKAH BADU THEN YOU ARE IN FOR A SURPRISE. CHECK OUT 'THE NEXT MOVEMENT', '100% DUNDEE' AND 'ADRENALINE!(FEATURING NOW ROCAFELLA STAR BEANIE SIGEL)'. THE STANDOUT TRACK HAS TO BE 'THE LOVE OF MY LIFE' FEATURING STANDOUT ARTIST COMMON. IF YOU WANT TO SUM UP HOW HIP HOP HAS INFLUENCED AND HOW IT SHOULD BE PRESENTED PEEP BLACK THOUGHT'S VERBAL PERSPECTIVE: SOMETIMES I WOULDN'T MADE IT IF IT WASN'T FOR YOU/HIP HOP YOU'RE THE LOVE OF MY LIFE/THAT'S TRUE/WHEN I WAS HANDLING THE S*** I WAS SUPPOSED TO DO/IT WAS ALL FOR YOU. THOSE WORDS SAY IT ALL. OH ALSO PEEP THE BONUS TRACK!

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    Posted July 5, 2009

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