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Format: CD
Sku: 211204294
UPC: 602527094632
UPC 14: 00602527094632
Release Date: 6/21/2010
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Peace of Light, A - (featuring Amber Coffman/Haley Dekle/Angel Deradoorian) ~ The Roots
2. Walk Alone ~ The Roots
3. Dear God 2.0 ~ The Roots
4. Radio Daze - (featuring Blu/Dice Raw/P.O.R.N.) ~ The Roots
5. Now or Never - (featuring Dice Raw/Phonte) ~ The Roots
6. How I Got Over - (featuring Dice Raw) ~ The Roots
7. DillaTUDE: The Flight of Titus ~ The Roots
8. Day, The - (featuring PAttYCraSH/Blu/Phonte) ~ The Roots
9. Right On - (featuring Joanna Newsom/STS) ~ The Roots
10. Doin' It Again ~ The Roots
11. Fire, The - (featuring John Legend) ~ The Roots
12. Tunnel Vision ~ The Roots
13. Web 20/20 - (featuring Truck North/Peedi Peedi) ~ The Roots
14. Hustla - (featuring STS) ~ The Roots

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Recording information: A House Called Quest, Philadelphia, PA; Fruity Loops, Philadelphia, PA; MSR Studios, New York, NY; The Boom Room, Philadelphia, PA; The Studio, Philadelphia, PA.
Muze PNote Photographer: Ben Watts.
Muze PNote The not-very-hip-hop Dirty Projectors, Monsters of Folk, Patty Crash, and Joanna Newsom contribute one way or another to How I Got Over. Rest assured, the ninth studio album from the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon house band is very much its own, and skeptics should be reminded that hip-hop history is filled with figures as unlikely as Billy Squier (who probably did not bump into Run-D.M.C. backstage at The Alan Thicke Show). Very much in line with recent albums like Game Theory and Rising Down, neither of which was tailored for a good time, How I Got Over is the most subdued of the three. The blood doesn't really get pumping until the fifth track. Up to that point, however, the band creates some of its most downcast and alluring material, covering solitude, self-destruction, and just about every planetary ill. It's all vividly conveyed through pensive arrangements, sobering rhymes, spooky choruses, and even spookier backing vocals. Truck North, P.O.R.N., Dice Raw, and Blu make gripping contributions, but no one cuts to the chase quite like Black Thought, who can condense modern reality into one deftly delivered and commanding line, like "Got immunized for both flus, I'm still sick." From there, the spirit lifts a little, though the songs are still deeply planted in realism. The title track is modern soul-blues that cooks, assisted by some serious singing from Black Thought and an inspiring chorus from Dice Raw. On "Now or Never," Phonte's dejection ("My role was cast before I even auditioned for it") is tempered with Dice Raw's glints of determination. For good measure, or perhaps for the sake of a little balance, the back half also features a hardcore boast session between Thought, Peedi Peedi, and Truck North that cannot be disregarded. This is yet another Roots album that lends itself to repeated, beginning-to-end listening. It is gracefully and cleverly sequenced, from the way the tracks melt into each other to the way "Doin' It Again" utilizes John Legend's anguished "Again" prior to transitioning into the subtly anthemic "The Fire," which features a fresh collaboration with.John Legend. ~ Andy Kellman

Producer: The Sandwich Committee

Engineer: Nick Banns; Montez Roberts; Steve Mandel; Jason Goldstein; Rick Friedrich; Chris Soper; Delon Lawrence; Jon Smeltz

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Amber Coffman
Muze Guest Artist Haley Dekle
Muze Guest Artist Angel Deradoorian
Muze Guest Artist Monsters of Folk
Muze Guest Artist Blu
Muze Guest Artist Dice Raw
Muze Guest Artist P.O.R.N.
Muze Guest Artist Phonte
Muze Guest Artist Patty Crash
Muze Guest Artist Joanna Newsom
Muze Guest Artist STS
Muze Guest Artist John Legend
Muze Guest Artist Truck North
Muze Guest Artist Peedi Peedi

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Chant Down Babylon
Muze Music Compilations Everything But The Girl
Muze Music Compilations Collateral
Muze Music Compilations Dave Chapelle's Block Party / O.s.t. (Cln)
Muze Music Compilations Dillanthology I:dilla's Production Fo
Muze Music Compilations Yo Gabba Gabba:Music Is Awesome
Muze Music Compilations Different Strokes By Different Folks
Muze Music Compilations Music Is Awesome Volume 4
Muze Music Compilations DEF JAM 30TH ANNIVERSARY:GREATEST HIT(Explicit Version)

Associated Artists and Works

Angry String Orchestra
Legend, John
Wake Up! ~ Legend, John

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 06/22/2010
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2010
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : B0013086
Music Label Name Label : Def Jam (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602527094632

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.100)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "On HOW I GOT OVER, they cover Monsters of Folk, scat like the Dirty Projectors and -- most thrillingly -- make Joanna Newsom sound as funky as Erykah Badu..."

Spin - "There are pleasures here, especially with ?uestlove's restless studio assemblages and coproducer Dice Raw's yearning hooks."

Entertainment Weekly (p.71)
- "[The album] delivers all the funk/soul/jazz vibes fans have come to expect." -- Grade: A-

CMJ - "[T]he hooks, however somber they may sound, have got enough 'stickability' to make for an albums worth of singles....The Roots have clearly approached HOW I GOT OVER as a cohesive collection."

Billboard (p.48)
- "[I]ts mix of nifty experiments and straightforward rap eliminates any sense of predictability."

Mojo (Publisher)
- Ranked #33 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2010" -- "[A] tight, driving 45-minutes that again saw The Roots raise hip hop quality control to new levels."

Pitchfork (Website)
- "[A] particularly efficient album. It's the Roots' shortest, one of their most lyrically straightforward, and a work of strong stylistic cohesion."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Roots
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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