Here’s another total score from my foray into the corporate world of 333 Yonge Street HMV in Toronto during our trip there in June. I got this CD, brand new, for $5. That’s criminal!
Roots – Things Fall Apart
Man, how many times have I played this CD? A whole bunch. I already owned this, but my copy somehow got pretty scratched up so, for $5, I replaced it right quick.
If you’ve heard this album, named after the Chinua Achebe novel, you’ll know what I mean when I use the word classic to describe this. The incredible flow, the mind-blowing music from the band, the clear messages within. I have always loved the Roots, for their instrumentations and their songs, and this one is a giant in the catalogue of their greatness. Add cool guests like Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu, Mos Def, DJ Jazzy Jeff… heck, even a pull quote from Mo’ Better Blues to open it up. All of it. Classic. One for the ages.
This is a band that has something to say, and they’re saying it so creatively, so strongly, it’s impossible to ignore them, or this album.
So this is short blurb, I could sum it up in 4 words: I love this album. Hard to believe it’s 16 years old (as I write this). It sounds fresher than anything new that’s just out there now.
If you don’t already have it, get your copy now.
This record came with alternate covers. My first copy was the crying baby one (below, bottom left – click to enlarge the image). I ordered it online, used, and that’s just what I got. As a dad (twice over), it bothered me, so I turned it inside out. Mind you, the regular version cover (of a riot in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, above) isn’t any better. Actually, all of the artwork options for this record were very well done, provocative and strong and unsettling. This album is the real deal all around.