Josette Compton
August 20, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Eardrum

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

We gave it an A

We knew this indie rhymer was clever, but ambitious? Yes! Corralling production help from Kanye West and will.i.am, Talib Kweli delivers his most accessible CD yet — his raspy cadence playing off vintage-soul samples, explosive horns, and trembling bass lines. It’s a groovy jam session with thinky lyrics about decadence (”Soon the New Day,” featuring Norah Jones) and empowerment (”More or Less”). A procession of sharp cuts, Eardrum is a glimmering example of what polished rap can be when it’s endorsement-free. A
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