Marc Weingarten
February 19, 1999 AT 05:00 AM EST

Things Fall Apart

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it a C+

On their fourth album, this straight-outta-Illadelph septet maintain a high standard of verbal one-upmanship and lyrical inventiveness, spinning out trenchant inner-city dispatches with righteous fury, while the band’s judicious Fender Rhodes tinkling and jazzbo fingerpicking help stoke the album’s quiet storms. Unfortunately, their bland, mid-tempo beats are stuck in neutral, which only makes Things Fall Apart a great near-miss. B

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