The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 26, 2002 - 7
REVIEWS OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY'S NEW RELEASES
By Joseph itman
Daily Arts Writer
to find a
Please listen to the Roots' Phrenolo- enables i
gy while seated. Do not leave anything rock-infli
easily broken in your immediate vicini- beat-beat
ty. Have a friend or loved one in the Things"
room to ensure that nothing bad hap- fice" allf
pens. After taking these precautions, put is not wh
the album on and allow yourself aural of disjoin
pleasure. Be sure to ask your mind what sounds a
it feels like to be blown. hop conte
The Roots' latest effort is not like any cohesiver
album they have made before. It's the tremend
sound hip-hop redefined. This marked aggregat
departure from previous albums and cious an
traditional rap music demands that the hop; who
Roots' audience grow with them. Some what they
listeners may need to throw or smash Also n
something to cope with the conflicting, immense
visceral feelings that Phrenology can mentalist
trigger. Initially, fans may feel disap- into a fa
pointed and confounded that Phrenolo- Hubbard
gy sounds nothing like Organix. Off." Ye
However, upon repeated listening, facets of
everyone should grow to appreciate the creativit
musical virtuosity and sonic ingenuity "?uestlo
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d by the world's best group.
any of creative decisions mani-
Phrenology makes it difficult
n appropriate beginning when
ng to catalogue the album's
and remarkable features. To
e band's live instrumentation
t to blend many styles and the
uenced "Seed 2.0," the jungle-
ing "Something in the Way of
and the funk sounding "Sacri-
prove this. However, this record
holly eclectic nor a compilation
rted songs. Instead, the varying
re all presented within a hip-
ext that is given credibility and
ness by emcee Black Thought's
ous rapping ability. In the
e, the songs provide an auspi-
d exciting perception of hip-
o are we to tell the Roots that
y've made is anything else?
esonant on the record is the
talent of the Roots' instru-
s. Kamal's keys turn "Quills"
antastic track while Leonard
d's bass carries "Break You
t, one of the most resonant
f Phrenology is the brilliant
y of Roots drummer Ahmir
ve" Thompson. A driving
force behind the album's production,
?uest not only asserts himself as a
remarkable drummer, but also as one
of hip-hop's most innovative minds.
The repetitive nature of tracks "Pussy
Galore" and "Rolling with Heat" (that's
two disappointing Talib-Thought colla-
bos in one month!) are the only factors
that diminish Phrenology's quality. This
album will go down as the year's best
and one of the most influential hip-hop
efforts in recent years. Hopefully, its
new sounds won't render these distinc-
tion lost on the fans.
RATING: ****' C
MORE THAN YOU
THINK YOU ARE
By Graham Kelly
Daily Arts Writer
Did you see that kids? Another
multi-platinum band just narrowly
escaped falling into oblivion after
reaching the success it had always
dreamed of. In Matchbox Twenty's
latest release, More Than You Think
You Are, the band moves away from
the heavy production of their last
album and heads towards a steadier,
more solid contemporary rock sound.
The potency in Thomas' lyrics has-
n't dwindled, and with the band
sounding tighter than ever, it's no sur-
prise that More Than You Think You
Are is a very strong 13-track album
(yup, an annoying hidden track). The
songs move between up-tempo rock-
ers full of distorted guitars ("Feel,"
"Cold") to mellower, piano driven
pseudo-ballads ("Bright Lights,"
"Hand Me Down"), occasionally
falling somewhere in between.
The problem, if you need to find
one, is that Matchbox Twenty has fig-
ured out the formula. They can pen
this pleasing blend of mellow, emo-
tional music: Start off withThomas
crooning about painful situations, rise
in energy to an extremely catchy,
almost flawless chorus, fall back to
another verse, repeat chorus, enter
guitar solo with increased energy,
chorus, end. You're getting 13 good
songs, but you won't find much
diversity in the music. Each song
sounds familiar from the first listen,
but maybe because they are all build-
ing off of the foundation of "Long
Day" from Yourself or Someone Like
You. The pauses between songs some-
times just go unnoticed, each blend-
ing into the next. The ambiguity can
be overcome given enough listens,
but the bottom line is that there isn't
In the two years since Mad Season,
Matchbox Twenty seems to have
focused more on what type of music
they want to be making. There are no
giant surprises on this album, either
musically or lyrically. Rob Thomas is
still writing about relationships and
his feelings of being misunderstood, a
man displaced in society. Despite
tracks like "Unwell" with its dark
lyrics, this album carries a lot of
hope, embodied not only through
Thomas' lyrics but also the music. In
"Downfall" the band invites a gospel
choir to help them with their new-
found optimism. And it works.
For many - and almost all previ-
ous fans of Matchbox Twenty - this
album will be an enjoyable addition.
Matchbox Twenty won't be earning
legions of new listeners, but they've
definitely done their job to keep the
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