Roots – Things Fall Apart

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.

things fall apart

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Roots_things fall apart_covers

 

29 thoughts on “Roots – Things Fall Apart

  1. mikeladano says:

    I remember our mutual associate at the Record Store helped you get the cover you wanted. Can’t say I blame you for wanting that. Not everybody would understand that. Certain imagery bothers me too. There are some things I don’t want to look at because it’s not an image I need to see. I get that.

    Like

  2. J. says:

    I’m a big fan of this one and I’d probably say it’s my favourite of theirs. I haven’t given the CD a spin in a while, right enough … might need to rectify that!

    Like

    1. keepsmealive says:

      Hooray! I’ll always gladly accept responsibility for sending somebody to (or back to) this record! GIVE ‘ER!

      Also: what are you doing awake? It’s headed toward 11pm here, which in Weegie time has gotta be, what, 5 am? Are you still up or an early riser? 🙂

      Like

      1. J. says:

        3:48 to be exact. I have no idea why I’m awake. Ridiculous aint it? I may well nod off in the middle of reading/ typing … (hopefully!).

        Like

        1. keepsmealive says:

          Oh man, I have nights like that. In fact, I’ve had WEEKS like that. I’m naturally a (fairly) high energy person, and I’ve been like that for years, in patches. Often, bedtime comes and goes and I’m WIDE awake at stupid o’clock even when I know I have to be up in the morning with the kids. I’ve learned to deal with it by a) not really caring, anymore, and b) lots of black, black coffee.

          Like

          1. J. says:

            I’m finding that I’m going to bed and sleeping for about 2 or 3 hours. Totally ridiculous. I’m not even sure I’m awake. Like a machine with a slowly draining battery (maybe 58%). Functionality at 74%.

            Like

                1. keepsmealive says:

                  ha well, you may have improved functionality, but that doesn’t mean you’re gonna be doing anything really useful with it! Actually, the wee hours are a great time for writing stories. Get up in the morning, go back and read what you wrote… oh man! Solid gold stuff.

                  Like

                    1. J. says:

                      Despite two early morning coffee’s, I’m fairly confident today was a write-off. Hurrah! Always tomorrow (half day is always good for productivity levels).

                      Like

                    2. keepsmealive says:

                      Sorry to hear today was a write-off! That’s a drag. Tomorrow will come, but I say there’s plenty of today left to make it right!

                      You could, of course, be here helping me finalize potty training a three year old. Good times!

                      Like

                    3. J. says:

                      The evening was certainly more productive – wee spot of artwork and listening to Sinatra. Hurrah!

                      Good luck with the potty training!

                      Like

            1. keepsmealive says:

              Ha I figured, but just wanted to be sure. Man, these kids are my all day every day, it’d be silly to say anything other than they’re AWESOME! Oh man we have so much fun. LITTLE PEOPLE RULE!

              Liked by 1 person

    1. keepsmealive says:

      Ha, and I’ve heard the album a zillion times and gave up trying to read the novel part way through.

      I’d recomend it fully. Many layers to a great album, it just keeps giving on every spin.

      Liked by 1 person

    1. keepsmealive says:

      Ohhh… just a few… 🙂 You gotta remember, Deke, it looks like a ton ‘cos I’ve been dragging these out one per day. Also, I don’t get out of town very often, and time spent on dedicated record-shopping trips is 1-2 per year. So when I actually get into good record shops I get very, very… enthusiastic. 🙂

      Yep, I always consider it a success. I suppose the next one will be if Mike and I go back to Taranna this fall sometime…

      Like

Put yer words here:

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.