September 20, 2011
Album Review: Roots Manuva - '4everevolution'
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7 / 10 Rodney Smith, aka [a]Roots Manuva[/a], was trading in wry, humorous Brit-hop back when a teenage [b]Mike Skinner[/b] was still chained to a games console. With ‘[b]4everevolution[/b]’ Smith continues to avoid the genre’s default Americanisms and instead dabbles in proggy electronic wizardry (‘[b]In The Throes Of It[/b]’), warped R&B (‘[b]Takes Time To[/b]’) and sleekly produced, astute socio-political commentary (‘[b]Who Goes There?[/b]’). Smith’s career may have taken a wayward track while Skinner prospered, but it seems this natural eccentric and chameleon has outlasted the young pretender.
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