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Idlewild (The Album)
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This is the hip hop equivalent of the Stones 1967 His Majesty's Satanic Requests. An album so concerned with style that it looses a lot of substance. But then again what really makes this a difficult album is that it feels like a soundtrack. It's hard to listen to it as a unified hole, it's missing something. Then again it's different, and different enough, that it's not boring.
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The Roots really feel more like a backing group for the majority of this album, and it's a lot darker than anything they've done before. It also has some killer beats, and nice arrangements. The flow feels rather effortless, but is quiet complicated. At times it almost seems like they listened to a lot of Massive Attack before they made it, but the darkn undertones fit well with the concerned lyrics. Their best album to date, and an instant hip/hop classic.