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How I Got Over

The Roots

How I Got Over

The long-serving Philadelphia hip hop innovators with their 9th album blending soul, jazz and rock

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  1. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    If you’re really looking for where this album truly belongs, it’s up there with Sly And The Family Stone’s There’s a Riot Goin’ On or Marvin Gaye’s What’s Goin’ On – an album with a universal soul, heart and conscience, but a groove all of its own
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  2. 8.2 |   Beats Per Minute

    At this point in The Roots’ career, a falter would be far more surprising. How I Got Over continues the group’s tradition of quality records even as the band expands its horizons to television and beyond
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  3. 8.1 |   Pitchfork

    A particularly efficient album. It's the Roots' shortest, one of their most lyrically straightforward, and a work of strong stylistic cohesion
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  4. 8.0 |   Spin

    There are pleasures here, especially with ?uestlove's restless studio assemblages and co-producer Dice Raw's yearning hooks
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  5. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    The album is something of a rap equivalent of Marvin Gaye's era-addressing What's Going On
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  6. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    Another rock-solid album from one of rap’s most consistently great collectives, with no discernable weak spots to attack
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  7. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    The Roots have created a most unusual hit
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  8. 8.0 |   Prefix

    A mellow approximation of the jazzy, old-school charm of The Roots circa Things Fall Apart. How I Got Over falls short of that classic, but this is the most fun Roots album since 2002’s Phrenology
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  9. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    The Roots have given us another brilliant album... It’s as strong as the last two albums but there’s a more unified feel to this album that makes it stand out
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  10. 8.0 |   BBC

    The message is, essentially, “Times are hard, but let’s make things better”. As honest and uplifting statements of intent go, it’s hard to fault – just like this album
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  11. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    A bit slight to be among their best handful of releases, it's still their most immediate, another album that transcends any attempts at categorization
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  12. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    When they come back to Roy Ayers-style funk, they prove nobody does it better
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  13. 7.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    How I Got Over is a great record and stands proud next to its contemporaries
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  14. 6.0 |   State

    Although The Roots must be given some credit for their soulful brand of positive hip-hop, a rarity today, many people will get over How I Got Over pretty quickly
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