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Tenth studio recording from the Philadelphia hip hop innovators is a concept album about the life of fictional Redford Stephens

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  1. 10.0 |   The Independent

    Musically, it's a watery, wavery process of twinkling electric piano, echoey organ vibrations and scudding R&B grooves
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  2. 10.0 |   A.V. Club

    Tight, concise [and] ferociously focused
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  3. 10.0 |   Blurt

    Anyone who wants to hear the graceful way by which hip-hop should age should add [undun] to their collections right away
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  4. 9.1 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    It is the rare piece of music that can speak to many, yet speak to one. The Roots have created a beautiful, heartbreaking album that accomplishes just that
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  5. 9.0 | mag

    Through Questlove’s inimitable drumming, Larry Gold’s string-genius and the many great piano-passages, Undun can’t be complimented enough
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  6. 8.5 |   BBC

    All told, undun stands firm as a moving eulogy, full of life in its own murky way and amazingly cohesive in its approach. While the album’s main character lived only 25 years, the music here has the vitality to live much longer
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  7. 8.4 |   Paste Magazine

    undun is a brilliant reminder of the power of the emcee as storyteller, the possibility of 40 minutes of music lending itself to a thoughtful character and plot
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  8. 8.1 |   Beats Per Minute

    The Roots combining their ear for music with strong penmanship as much as they ever have
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  9. 8.0 |   The Scotsman

    A downbeat soulful lamentation which poses some of the same questions about endemic crime in the Afro-American community as the Kanye West/Jay-Z collaboration Watch the Throne, but without all the attendant self-aggrandisement
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  10. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Musically, bandleader ?uestlove finds new heights with the symphonic sweep of soulful jams and exquisite orchestral lushness
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  11. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Signals the Roots are every bit as capable of maturing with grace, pride and praise-worthy work
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  12. 8.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    The music is astounding, threading erudite raps through ghetto soul jams and panoramic orchestral interludes
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  13. 8.0 |   The Observer

    It's a downer, but timely and affecting, with moments of beauty
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  14. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    It’s best to approach it as one cohesive statement that requires at least a handful of close listens to fully sift through
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  15. 8.0 |   Rave Magazine

    Musically it seems straightforward, predominantly drums and keys, but it’s drenched in mood – sad and insomniac, the sound of circling the drain – in a way that hasn’t got old yet after a lot of listens
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  16. 7.3 |   Pitchfork

    A cinematic experience
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  17. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    What really sells the album's concept is the four-part suite that closes the ersatz memorial service, beginning with a note-for-note needle drop of Sufjan Stevens's "Redford"
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  18. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Sonically undun is a knockout, sliding between genres
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  19. 7.0 |   Spin

    The music itself is phenomenal, harkening back to Curtis Mayfield and Donny Hathaway's storytelling classics with understated funk, analog warmth, and just plain tremendous mixing
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  20. 7.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    It’d be unfair to call undun only hip-hop, because what’s hip-hop today is often two-dimensional and flat
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  21. 7.0 |   Prefix

    Another interesting hip-hop experiment
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  22. 6.0 |

    Musically, the album stands up to anything The Roots have done up until this point in their careers
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  23. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    What it isn't – quite – is the magnum opus it could be
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