The Roots’ new album undun hasn’t exactly been leaked, but it is available to listen in full on NPR’s website through their music series, First Listen.
First Listen includes a full stream of the album an in-depth album review. NPR writer, Charlie Kaplan explains that it is the lyricism that makes this album.
“The record’s most affecting element, however, is its lyricism, led with gimmick-less seriousness by Black Thought, a rapper whose storytelling is unencumbered by sophomoric jocularity or false cartoonishness. His desolation is unvarnished and striking in “I Remember,” in which he darkly rhymes, “I drew a two of hearts from a deck of cards / A stock trick from my empty repertoire / Another hopeless story, never read at all / I’m better off looking for the end where the credits are.” He’s given fleeting respite from the stress of the drug trade in “Kool On,” but is harshly pulled back to earth the next morning in “The OtherSide,” where paranoia surrounds him again: “We obviously need to tone it down a bit / Running around town spending time like it’s counterfeit.”
NPR streams all 14 tracks from the upcoming album set to release on Dec. 6th. The album is available for pre-order on iTunes.Category: Celeb 2.0, Featured | Tags: First Listen, music, Music Streaming, NPR, the roots, undun