Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Roots - Tip the Scale

Today, the Roots released their 13th album titled "Undun", a down tempo concept affair that doesn't steer away from complex subject matter. "Undun is an existential re-telling of the short life of one Redford Stephens (1974-1999). Through the use of emotives and Redford's internal dialogues the album seeks to illustrate the intersection of free will and prescribed destiny as it plays out 'on the corner'. Utilizing a reverse narrative arc, the album begins as the listener finds Redford disoriented--postmortem--and attempting to make sense of his former life. As he moves through its pivotal moments he begins to deconstruct all that has led to his (and our own) coming undun." We give you "Tip the Scale" which serves nicely as an example of what you're in for. Another terrific record from a band seeking to constantly challenge their audience and take their music in a new and unexpected direction.

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