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Apocalypse Now: The Roots

Miles Marshall Lewis, Spin, March 1999

THE ROOTS' new album, Things Fall Apart, bears all the signs of the Big Statement. There are five separate covers, each featuring a disturbing historical paragraph (a crying baby sits in the ruins of Hiroshima; two terrified civil rights activists run from Southern cops; the bloody hand of a dead man clutches a playing card; etc.).

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