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The Roots - Undun
Released: 05/12/2011 MercuryWhat do hip-hop/soul veterans do when they've done everything? A concept album by a character from The Wire, of course. Undun tells the story (in reverse) of a Philly drug dealer who meets a sticky end, and includes a suite performed by Sufjan Stevens, adapted from his very own Michigan. For more information visit: http://www.islanddefjam.com/artist/home.aspx?artistID=7316 Buy: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005VR9328
Sputnik Music“If there's a Heaven, I can't find a stairway...” Undun, like its subject matter, is a flawed listen, but it's in those flaws that the album best reveals its most intimate of intentions...
Guardian“The Philiadelphia collective's first concept album...” The luscious tunes of Make My, The Other Side and the poppier I Remember make it an iron fist in a velvet glove. What it isn't – quite – is the magnum opus it could be...
BBC“A moving eulogy, full of life in its own murky way...” A remarkable display of creative unity and a stellar masterpiece sitting alongside the group’s best work...
Pitchfork“It might strike listeners as a bit skeletal...” If Black Thought can't always push through a sentiment with his voice, he can at least deliver the fuck out of an idea...
Spin“Their most uncompromising work yet...” The music itself is phenomenal, harkening back to Curtis Mayfield and Donny Hathaway's storytelling classics with understated funk, analog warmth, and just plain tremendous mixing...
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