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The not-very-hip-hop Dirty Projectors, Monsters of Folk, Patty Crash, and Joanna Newsom contribute one way or another to How I Got Over. Rest assured, the ninth studio album from the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon house band is very much its own, and skeptics should be reminded that hip-hop history is filled with figures as unlikely as Billy Squier (who probably did not bump into Run-D.M.C. backstage at The Alan Thicke Show). Very much in line with recent albums like Game Theory and Rising Down, neither of which was tailored for a good time, How I Got Over is the most subdued of the three. The blood doesn't really get pumping until the fifth track. Up to that point, however, the band creates some of its most downcast and alluring material, covering solitude, self-destruction, and just about every planetary ill. It's all vividly conveyed through pensive arrangements, sobering rhymes, spooky choruses, and even spookier backing vocals. Truck North, P.O.R. N., Dice Raw, and Blu make gripping contributions, but no one cuts to the chase quite like Black Thought, who can condense modern reality into one deftly delivered and commanding line, like "Got immunized for both flus, I'm still sick." From there, the spirit lifts a little, though the songs are still deeply planted in realism. The title track is modern soul-blues that cooks, assisted by some serious singing from Black Thought and an inspiring chorus from Dice Raw. On "Now or Never," Phonte's dejection ("My role was cast before I even auditioned for it") is tempered with Dice Raw's glints of determination. For good measure, or perhaps for the sake of a little balance, the back half also features a hardcore boast session between Thought, Peedi Peedi, and Truck North that cannot be disregarded. This is yet another Roots album that lends itself to repeated, beginning-to-end listening. It is gracefully and cleverly sequenced, from the way the tracks melt into each other to the way "Doin' It Again" utilizes John Legend's anguished "Again" prior to transitioning into the subtly anthemic "The Fire," which features a fresh collaboration with. John Legend. ~ Andy Kellman Recording information: A House Called Quest, Philadelphia, PA; Fruity Loops, Philadelphia, PA; MSR Studios, New York, NY; The Boom Room, Philadelphia, PA; The Studio, Philadelphia, PA. Photographer: Ben Watts. Rolling Stone (p. 100) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "On HOW I GOT OVER, they cover Monsters of Folk, scat like the Dirty Projectors and -- most thrillingly -- make Joanna Newsom sound as funky as Erykah Badu...". Spin - "There are pleasures here, especially with ?uestlove's restless studio assemblages and coproducer Dice Raw's yearning hooks."
Entertainment Weekly (p. 71) - "[The album] delivers all the funk/soul/jazz vibes fans have come to expect." -- Grade: A-
CMJ - "[T]he hooks, however somber they may sound, have got enough 'stickability' to make for an albums worth of singles.... The Roots have clearly approached HOW I GOT OVER as a cohesive collection."
Billboard (p. 48) - "[I]ts mix of nifty experiments and straightforward rap eliminates any sense of predictability."
Mojo (Publisher) (p. 52) - Ranked #33 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2010" -- "[A] tight, driving 45-minutes that again saw The Roots raise hip hop quality control to new levels."
Pitchfork (Website) - "[A] particularly efficient album. It's the Roots' shortest, one of their most lyrically straightforward, and a work of strong stylistic cohesion."

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1Peace Of Light See All 3
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2Walk Alone See All 3 Roots WALK ALONE Lyrics
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3Dear God 2.0 See All 3 Roots DEAR GOD 2.0 Lyrics
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4Radio Daze See All 3 Explicit Roots RADIO DAZE Lyrics
with Blu, Dice Raw, Porn
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5Now or Never See All 3 Explicit Roots NOW OR NEVER Lyrics
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6How I Got Over See All 3 Explicit Roots HOW I GOT OVER Lyrics3:34 $1.29
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7DillaTUDE: The Flight of Titus See All 30:42 $1.29
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8Day See All 3
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9Right On See All 3 Explicit Roots RIGHT ON Lyrics
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10Doin' It Again See All 3 Explicit2:24 $1.29
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11Fire See All 3 Roots FIRE Lyrics
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12Tunnel Vision See All 30:41 $1.29
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13Web 20/20 See All 3 Explicit Roots WEB TWENTY TWENTIETHS Lyrics
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14Hustla See All 3 Explicit Roots HUSTLA Lyrics
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By Eric (Orlando, FL)
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Anyone who feels this album does not resemble a classic in true Roots fashion is an idiot! This album is amazing! Its got the originality and production values that truly make The Roots a unique Hip-Hop Band.
By Bryndan (Los Angeles, CA)
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Once you listen to it a couple times you will really get into it. The roots consistently put out good music and not garbage like Drake.
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I have always bee a Roots fan, but this album here, is the roots trying something totally different... I get trying todo something different and expanding your talents and all but this cd SUCKED! If you like the roots, be prepared for ... I dont even know what to call it???.
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CD Universe Part number7944785
LabelDef Jam
Orig Year2010
Catalog number001308502
Release DateJun 21, 2010
ProducerThe Sandwich Committee
EngineerNick Banns; Montez Roberts; Steve Mandel; Jason Goldstein; Rick Friedrich; Chris Soper; Delon Lawrence; Jon Smeltz
Recording Time42 minutes
PersonnelJohn Legend, Amber Coffman, Phonte, Dice Raw, Monsters Of Folk, Peedi Peedi, Angel Deradoorian, Haley Dekle, Joanna Newsom, Patty Crash, Porn, STS, Truck North

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