Album review

Roots - Phrenology

Any new Roots album comes with a three-part guarantee: sublime, R&B-guested crossover ("Break You Off" with Musiq, "Complexity" featuring Jill Scott), muso indulgence (the hideous epilogue muddying the otherwise sparkling "Water") and, crucially, a willingness to push the envelope of their organic jazz-rap that leaves the competition standing. The latter is best exhibited on the riffy "The Seed 2.0" and stripped-bare squiggles of "Rolling With Heat", less successfully on the electroclash-influenced "Something In The Way Of Things". Thankfully, though, Phrenology is more therapy than quack science.

Rating: 3 / 10


Newsletter


Editor's Letter

The new Uncut revealed! Arctic Monkeys, Neil Young, Kate Bush and Warren Zevon in new issue


Next month, Arctic Monkeys play two shows at London’s Finsbury Park to more than 100,000 people, which makes it a reasonable moment to look back at the band’s journey from the Sheffield suburb of High Green to their current all-conquering place in a rock pantheon where they are...