The Roots’ ‘Phrenology’

The Roots’ ‘Phrenology’ is their fifth studio album released on November 26, 2002 and featuring Cody ChesnuTT, Musiq Soulchild, Talib Kweli and Jill Scott.

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Track Listing : 1.Phrentrow (Ahmir Thompson, Ursula Rucker, Omar Edwards) – 00:18 . 2.Rock You (Tariq Trotter, George Spivey) – 03:12 . 3.!!!!!!! (Ahmir Thompson, Benjamin Kenney, Leonard Hubbard) – 00:24 . 4.Sacrifice (Tariq Trotter, Ahmir Thompson, James Gray, Leonard Hubbard) – 04:44 . 5.Rolling With Heat (Tariq Trotter, Ahmir Thompson, James Gray, Kyle Jones, Talib Greene, Karl Jenkins) – 03:42 . 6.Waok (Ay) Rollcall (Ahmir Thompson, James Gray, Leonard Hubbard) – 01:00 . 7.Thought @ Work (Tariq Trotter, Ahmir Thompson, Leonard Hubbard, James Gray, Benjamin Kenney) – 04:58 . 8.The Seed (2.0) (Tariq Trotter, Antonious Bernard Thomas) – 04:27 . 9.Break You Off (Tariq Trotter, Ahmir Thompson, Leonard Hubbard, James Gray, Kyle Jones, Benjamin Kenney, Karl Jenkins, Taalib Johnson, Jill Scott) – 07:27 . 10.Water (Tariq Trotter, Ahmir Thompson, Leonard Hubbard, James Gray, Benjamin Kenney, Tahir Williams) – 10:24 . 11.Quills (Tariq Trotter, Karriem Riggins) – 04:22 . 12.Pussy Galore (Tariq Trotter, Scott Storch) – 04:29 . 13.Complexity (Tariq Trotter, Ahmir Thompson, Leonard Hubbard, James Gray, Jill Scott, Omar Edwards) – 04:47 . 14.Something In The Way Of Things (In Town) (Ahmir Thompson, Benjamin Kenney, Amiri Baraka) – 07:16

Musicians : The Roots – Band . Ursula Rucker – Vocals On (1 – 6) . Jill Scott – Vocals On (13) . Talib Kweli – Vocals On (5) . Nelly Furtado – Vocals On (4) . Cody Chesnutt – Vocals On (8) . Amiri Baraka – Words On (14) . Musiq – Vocals Oon (9) . Black Thought – Vocals . Kamiah “Little Klang” Gray – Keyboards, Klangspiel . Questlove – Drums . James Poyser – Moog Synthesizer, Strings . Jef Lee Johnson – Guitar . James Blood Ulmer – Guitar . Rahzel – Drums . Alicia Keys – Featuring On (7) . Sarah Chun – Cello . Omar Edwards – Arp . Michelle Golder – Cello . Nuah Vi – Cello . Mos Def – Musician . Malik B. – Musician . Tracey Moore – Background Music On (11) . Hope Wilson – Screams

Production : Produced By Dj Scratch, The Grand Wizzards, Kamal Gray, Tahir Jamal, Omar The Scholar, Questlove, Karreem Riggins, Scott Storch, Zoukhan Bey . Jim Bottari – Engineer . Jeff Chestek – Engineer, Mixing . Jon Adler – Assistant . Pablo Arraya – Assistant . Adam Brooks – Assistant . Tom Coyne – Assistant, Mastering, Mixing . Andre Dandridge – Assistant . Robert “Lb” Dorsey – Engineer . Caliph Gamble – Assistant . Chris Gehringer – Mastering . Gordon Glass – Assistant . Jason Goldstein – Mixing . Ben Kenney – Mixing . Steve Mandel – Assistant, Engineer . Carlos “Storm” Martinez – Engineer . James Mckrone – Assistant . Shinobu Mitsuoka – Assistant . Kurt Nepogoda – Assistant . Richard Nichols – Mixing . Bob Power – Mixing . Jesse Shatkin – Assistant . Jon Smeltz – Engineer . Shawn Taylor – Assistant . Steef Van De Gevel – Assistant . Vince Vilorenzo – Assistant . Scott Whiting – Assistant

Package : Kenny J. Gravillis – Design . Tom “Evil Prints” Huck – Illustrations

Recorded June 2000–September 2002.

Released On November 26, 2002 By Mca, Geffen.

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Pitchfork
Phrenology completely realizes The Roots‘ talents and potential, maintaining its cohesiveness despite its many disparate elements. It’s a stark rebuke to those who say hip-hop artists can’t turn out solid full-lengths: […]

The Guardian
On Phrenology, the grasp of what is wrong is still evident. Pussy Galore wittily lambasts the exploitation of women, while a skit mocks hip-hop’s relentless obsession with commerce: “We’re about to prepare you for another two hours of music-free commercials.” But this time, the Roots have come up with something that sounds like a solution. […]

Sputnikmusic.com
Overall, though, this is Phrenology‘s main flaw. It tries to do too muchand tries to appeal to everybody. Yet, it seems most people will be put off by something on this album – some tracks will be too commercial, or too obscure, or too diverse, or too typical. […]

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