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    Tue, 18 Oct 2011 12:08:41

    The Roots Reveal "Undun" Track Listing - The concept album drops on Dec. 6

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    Ready for more of The Roots and in concept mode? Great, then Dec. 6 can't come soon enough!

    The Roots will release a new album entitled undun on Dec. 6, 2011. undun marks the first conceptually-based album from The Roots and quickly reaffirms the creativity of the outfit that are notorious for pushing the envelope. The album's first single, "Make My" featuring Big K.I.R.T. is set for release Nov. 1 on iTunes. In addition to their new album, The Roots are set to perform in New York City on Nov. 29 and 30 and Dec. 5 at the Highline Ballroom.

    undun is an existential re-telling of the short life of one Redford Stephens (1974-1999). Through the use of emotives and Redford's internal dialogues the album seeks to illustrate the intersection of free will and prescribed destiny as it plays out :on the corner." Utilizing a reverse narrative arc, the album begins as the listener finds Redford disoriented--postmortem--and attempting to make sense of his former life. As he moves through its pivotal moments he begins to deconstruct all that has led to his (and our own) coming undun. Wow. That sounds incredible. My head is spinning, in a good way. Brilliant. Typical for a Philly act!

    Why a concept album and now for The Roots? "At this point in our career we'd like for our work to have a unifying theme, and an experiential quality," said Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, 40. "We've been intentionally making our albums shorter in length so that they can be experienced as a continuous work. The music is band-oriented with an eye on the moody cinematic. As a DJ, I am the King of playlists, but I don't want our albums to feel like a playlist or a mixtape for that matter. We want to tell stories that work within the album format and we want the stories to be nuanced and useful to people. undun is the story of this kid who becomes criminal, but he wasn't born criminal. He's not the nouveau exotic primitive bug-eyed gunrunner like Tupac Shakur's character Bishop in "Juice"... he's actually thoughtful and is neither victim nor hero. Just some kid who begins to order his world in a way that makes the most sense to him at a given moment... At the end of the day... isn't that what we all do?"

    TRACKLISTING:

    1) Sleep
    2) Make My
    3) One Time
    4) Kool On
    5) The Jump
    6) Stomp
    7) Lighthouse
    8) I Remember
    9) Tip The Scale
    10) Redford

    Are you into the concept of undun?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    10.18.11



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