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Classic Album Review: The Roots | Things Fall Apart

The Philadelphia septet have it together on their outstanding third studio release.

This came out in 1999 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


“Inevitably, hip-hop records are treated as though they are disposable,” grumbles a sampled voice at the kickoff of this acclaimed Philly septet’s third album.

Fat chance of that happening to this magnificent disc. Thanks to their intelligent, thoughtful lyrics, warm, laid-back grooves and undeniable musical chops (their members are more likely to be found jamming on standup bass and grand piano than simply rhyming over a beatbox) Things Fall Apart is an essential shot of mellow gold — a little like the Wu-Tang Clan after a course in anger management and plenty of music lessons.