Awfully Deep

Roots Manuva - Awfully Deep
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2005 Ratings: #219 / 476
User Score
Based on 8 ratings
January 28, 2005 / Release Date
LP / Format
Big Dada / Label
Hip Hop, UK Hip Hop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Guardian
Smith has crafted an album that is deft, addictive and profoundly musical, and it feels like a fresh-minted classic.
83
Entertainment Weekly

This London MC’s third album is a thrilling mix of moody ambivalence and soulful reggae-tinged hip-hop.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

This is great stuff, the music is often awesomely original.

70
PopMatters

Not a brilliant album, not his best (that remains Run Come Save Me), just a damn fine selection of mood-groove-dub-flavours by one of music’s true inimicables, back for what may be the last time.

64
Pitchfork
UK hip-hop's biggest name releases his first post-grime LP, retreating from street-rap into navel-gazing experimentation.
60
AllMusic
Overall, Roots Manuva may have a lot to say during the verses, but when his choruses consist of little more than a repeated line shouted over and over, listeners won't be hanging around long enough to decipher his rhymes.
58
Spin
His third album mostly shelves the wit and sui generis style-clash.
58
Coke Machine Glow
It’s a lot of slickness that adds up to little, though, as a culturally myopic Roots Manuva audibly struggles to feel out the changed face of hip-hop; he sounds unsure of what tone to take and what words to say.
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Track List

  1. Mind 2 Motion
  2. Awfully Deep
  3. Cause 4 Pause (ft. Lotek)
  4. Colossal Insight
  5. Too Cold
  6. A Haunting
  7. Rebel Heart
  8. Chin High
  9. Babylon Medicine
  10. Pause 4 Cause
  11. Move Ya Loin (ft. Lotek)
  12. Thinking
  13. The Falling
  14. Toothbrush

Year End Lists

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Added on: September 24, 2014