The Love Movement

The Love Movement

by A Tribe Called QuestA Tribe Called Quest


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Continuing with the subdued, mature stylistic flow of Beats, Rhymes and Life, The Love Movement, the fifth album from A Tribe Called Quest, is the group's subtlest album yet -- which may just be a polite way for saying it's a little monotonous. Throughout the record, Tribe mines the same jazz-flavored, R&B-fueled beats that were the hallmark of Beats. Although the "love" concept provides a thematic cohesion to the album -- almost all of the songs are about love, in one way or another -- the overall effect is quite similar to its immediate predecessor: the music is enthralling for a while, but soon it all sounds a little too familiar. Part of the problem is that Tribe functions on a cerebral level, a point made painfully clear by Busta Rhymes' and Redman's roaring, visceral cameos on "Steppin' It Up." On their own, Tribe favors craft over raw skills. That means there are plenty of pleasures to be had from careful listening, but Tribe has reached a point where it's easier to admire the Ummah's stylish production and the subtle rhymes of Q-Tip and Phife than it is to outright love them, which is ironic for an album bearing the title The Love Movement.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/29/1998
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886919792829
catalogNumber: 197928
Rank: 33919


  1. Start It Up
  2. Find a Way
  3. Da Booty
  4. Steppin' It Up
  5. Like It Like That
  6. Common Ground (Get It Goin' On)
  7. 4 Moms
  8. His Name Is Mutty Ranks
  9. Give Me
  10. Pad & Pen
  11. Busta's Lament
  12. Hot 4 U
  13. Against the World
  14. The Love
  15. Rock Rock Y'all
  16. Scenario
  17. Money Maker
  18. Hot Sex
  19. Oh My God
  20. Jazz (We've Hot)
  21. One Two Sh*t

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