Tag: The Roots

Album cover of the week: Things Fall Apart

Album cover of the week: Things Fall Apart

Album Cover of the Week, Music
Alright, it's time to get out of the '70s for a bit on this series and get a little more current.  As in almost to the 21st century. I'm not usually a fan of using historical photographs on album covers, but this one  - from the Roots' classic 1999 album Things Fall Apart - is just so striking.  The image was taken in the 1960s as riot police in Bedford-Stuyvesant chased down two black teens.  And although the album title actually comes from a 1958 novel by Chinua Achebe, it is brutally appropriate given the cover image.
Album review mini-roundup: Russian Circles, Four Tet, Midlake, The Roots, Portishead, Tapes ‘N Tapes

Album review mini-roundup: Russian Circles, Four Tet, Midlake, The Roots, Portishead, Tapes ‘N Tapes

Music
It's been a few months since my last album review roundup and I know the public constantly clamors for more of my stunning insight into what new music is worth listening to these days. So here it is... Midlake - The The Trials of Van Occupanther (Bella Union) This came out almost two years ago, but it's new to me. And holy crap is it ever my favorite album right now. It has the warmth and intimacy of early-to-mid '70s Fleetwood Mac, with a dash of Neil Young for good measure. "Roscoe" made some waves in the blogosphere as a single, but I would place a few songs ("Head Home", "We Gathered in Spring") above it. There are plenty of great vocal harmonies on this disc, which I'm always a sucker for. The songs are subtle and subdued without ever being boring. And some great '70s-s...