The two best vocal performances on the disc come courtesy of Dice, who annihilates "Here I Come" with a one-eye-open, nervy confessional, and Peedi, who shows off an uncharacteristically tender touch on the warm Illadeph ode "Long Time". Indicative of the LP's troubleshooting nature, Thought is wisely relieved from most of the album's hooks, and he trades in his half-huff boasts for pinpoint post-Katrina polemics that deride Bush, the creaky state of American democracy and the urban drug trap as he plays modern black editorialist.
The MC's anxious musings become overbearing and repetitive by the album's end, but his bravura bursts on "Long Time", where he tempers his dread with home-grown hope, and especially the convoluted drug-feud terror of "Clock With No Hands", show that getting past his aesthetic pitfalls is a worthy pursuit. When I interviewed? Of course, the album is over thought-- it is a Roots album after all, and superfluous embellishments along with high-concept artwork and sequence second-guessing are part of the excitement.
But now, the excess brainpower is mostly used to cover-up past blemishes en route to a streamlined product that die-hards can justly revel in. President Carter should be proud.
Skip to content Search query All Results. Pitchfork is the most trusted voice in music. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Open share drawer. But subsequent listens reveal additional layers of depth, sonically and lyrically. So does Game Theory, which initially feels like a stylistic retreat, a stripped-down return to basics after the rock-influenced weirdness of Phrenology and the pop concessions of Tipping Point. But especially in its superior second half, the album resonates with casual ambition as it reconciles?
And though it seems intended as a response to Tipping Point, Game Theory shares many of its predecessors' virtues, especially its concise running time and lack of filler. Apart from the touching but extended tribute to Jay Dee. This is our most serious record to date. Described by Questlove as "very mature, serious, and very dark",  the album, unlike the band's previous two efforts Phrenology and The Tipping Point , combines The Roots's progressive tendencies and lush, jazz influenced hip-hop into a more homogenous and cohesive recording than past efforts had shown.
The subject material for Game Theory follows the more serious tone of the album, with topics ranging from the war in Iraq to violence in music.
Game Theory debuted at number nine on the U. Billboard chart with first week sales of 61, copies. Game Theory received universal acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic , which assigns a normalized rating out of to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 83, based on 26 reviews.
Game Theory is a heavy album, the Roots' sharpest work. It's destined to become one of Def Jam's proudest, if not most popular, moments". Los Angeles Times writer Oliver Wang commented that Game Theory "moves coherently as a whole and not just assemblage of spare songs". Dilla encomium that closes. In its end-of-year list, Rolling Stone named it the eighteenth best album of , calling it "classic studio Roots". In , for Complex , the singer Bilal named it among his 25 favorite albums, explaining that, "It just has a real nice flow.
That whole album just sounds very thought out and put together. I think Game Theory was kind of a game changer. It just seemed like everything was fluid. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Roots. Wadud Ahmad - additional vocals 2 , spoken word voices 6 Black Thought — lead rap vocals Jack Davey - additional vocals 12 Davis Barnett — viola Dice Raw - lead rap vocals , background vocals Robert "LB" Dorsey — recording engineer 2, , , 13 Kirk Douglass — guitar Russell Elevado — recording engineer 2, , , audio mixing 2, 7, 9, 13 , pre-mixing drums on 5 Larry Gold — string arrangements, string conductor, cello Jason Goldstein — audio mixing , 6, 8, Kamal Gray — keyboards Kevin Hanson — producer Michael Heinzer - background vocals 7 Leonard "Hub" Hubbard — bass J Dilla - recording engineer 13 John-John - additional lead vocals 7, 10 , background vocals 7 Gloria Justen — violin Dave Klutch — mastering Emma Kummrow — violin Jennie Lorenzo - cello Malik B.
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