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The Roots Return, With A Little Help From the Monsters of Folk: “Dear God 2.0”

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For a band with such a wonderful sense of the moment, and such a savvy instinct for artistic fellow travelers–be they Jay-Z, the Dirty Projectors, or Ringo Starr–the Roots sure do make crushingly boring singles. This one, which goes in over Monsters of Folk’s “Dear God”–perhaps the most randomly sedate indie-world sample Quest and co. could’ve pulled–is classic aughts-era album Roots: classical, nearly baroque hip-hop with a pulse somewhere between faint and nonexistent. Enjoy Black Thought rending his garments here, but how about making it sound like it matters somehow?