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The Score

Fugees

1996

The Score

Album Summary

The Score is the second and final studio album by the hip hop trio Fugees. The Score was released worldwide on February 13, 1996, on Columbia Records. The album features a wide range of samples and instrumentation, with many aspects of alternative hip hop that would come to dominate the hip-hop music scene in the mid-late 1990s. Primarily, The Score's production was handled by the Fugees themselves, Jerry Duplessis and Warren Riker, with additional production from Salaam Remi, John Forté, Diamond D, and Shawn King. The album's guest verses are from Outsidaz members Rah Digga, Young Zee, and Pacewon, as well as Omega, John Forté, and Diamond D. Most versions of the album feature four bonus tracks, including three remixes of "Fu-Gee-La", and a short acoustic Wyclef Jean solo track entitled "Mista Mista". Upon its release, The Score was a commercial success, peaking at the number one spot on the Billboard 200, and becoming the third best selling album of 1996. It also topped the Top R&B/Hip-hop Albums chart for eight weeks, becoming the longest running number one for a hip hop group, and topped the 1996 year-end chart. The singles "Killing Me Softly", "Fu-Gee-La", and "Ready or Not" also achieved notable chart success, and helped the group achieve worldwide recognition. The album received mostly favorable reviews. It was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, becoming the second rap album to receive a nomination and the first for a hip hop group, while winning the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, along with Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "Killing Me Softly" at the 39th Grammy Awards. In retrospect, The Score has garnered a considerable amount of acclaim over the years, with many music critics and publications noting it as one of the greatest albums of the 1990s, as well as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. In 1998, The Score was included in The Source's 100 best rap albums list, and in 2020, the album was ranked number 134 on Rolling Stone magazine's revised list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.As of February 2021, The Score has been certified seven times platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It is the best-selling album by an American hip hop act in France, where the album has been certified Diamond. With an estimated 22 million copies sold worldwide, the album has become one of the best-selling albums of all time, at the time of its release it briefly became the best-selling hip hop album of all time, and remains the best-selling album by a hip hop group. As of June 2021, the album is the fifth most streamed rap album released in the 1990s on Spotify.

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Rating

3.75

Votes

4953

Genres

  • Hip Hop
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5

Intelligent, a little angry, and with effortless cool. Perfection. “So while you fuming, I’m consuming mango juice under Polaris You’re just embarrassed 'cause it's your last tango in Paris And even after all my logic and my theory I add a ‘motherfucker’ so you ignant niggas hear me” Mic drop

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5

The only disappointment it shame here is that the Fugees didn’t stay together. Wow, what could have been. Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was great, Carnival was very good… but the Score is next level. Unmatchable. Six stars if I could. The rhymes, the references, I could go on and on.

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5

The Platonic Form of Hip Hop. Lauryn Hill is hands down what elevates this album to a firm 5.

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5

Incredible album. Like a great piece of classical music, this album was thematic, self-referential, and incorporated previous melodies and lyrics to create a sense that this album is meant to be listed to as a whole, as a piece of music rather than a collection of songs. The flows on this album are some of the best I've ever heard. Lauryn Hill is the clear standout, though Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel are also incredible. It's no wonder why this group is one of the most influential in hip hop.

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5

How have I never listened to this album all the way through. Beats, production, samples, singing, rap, features were truly perfect. They perfected their sound

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5

This album is an absolute phenomenon, a supernova for the group. While I do like some of their solo material that came afterwards, I feel they were stronger together. In fact, when I think about it, I personally tend to prefer hip hop groups like this for the dynamics it provides. I feel like this album is largely a result of their creating a home studio and being given complete artistic control. A case where label trust paid off in dividends. I love the atmosphere they captured and cinematic flow throughout. Always been more of a fan of the east coast sound in general. The Fugees are particularly skilled at layering (often brief) overdubs in just the right places to build a very complex sound that isn't overly dense so as to weigh it down. Lauryn Hill is definitely my favorite female rapper and a big part of what makes this album stand out. Another thing that sets this album apart are the covers/adaptations they incorporated and while some may think that may detract from it as a pure hip hop album in some way, I think it's stronger for it musically. In fact, I think this album's greatest strength may be it's depth and range of emotions.

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5

Hip-hop is a lot easier to listen to now that each rap album doesn't come with 15 minutes of bizarre skits interspersed throughout the songs. The Chinese restaurant skit brings this album to a full stop. Setting that aside, this is a great album. Filled with classics. The music is diverse and interesting throughout, and each member of the group brings a lot of lyrical strength to the album, though Lauren Hill is the clear leader of the group. This album is dense. Killing Me Softly doesn't come until halfway through the album, as if it was an afterthought among all the other great songs on the album. It's good straight through to the last song 5/5

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5

Ooo la la la! Classic hip hop album. What's not to love in it? Plus, someone like me, who loves to keep the *score*, is bound give this one a five, isn't he? Inventive rap flows, Lauryn Hill's mellifluous voice, an all-around pristine production, interesting covers, great originals... This record is killing me softly with its songs every time I play it. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 848 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory: 83 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 38 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 32

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4

“The Score” by Fugees (1996) First time listen. Nice grooves, interesting reggae feel, well recorded and mixed. Sampling is not overdone (but really, Enya’s “Boadicea” on “Ready or Not”?). It’s hip hop I could listen to on a long drive. Tasteful reverb. Very good sound. But what stands out on this album is Lauryn Hill’s voice—powerful, throaty, and resonant. I could listen to a lot more of that. Hill’s “Killing Me Softly” is better than Roberta Flack’s. It’s that good. I bought it. Lyrics are full of references that require the listener to pay attention and maybe do some research, which is appealing, but they often lack significance. Or sometimes I wonder if the artists are even aware of the fact that, for instance, the skillfully rapid “la-las” on the chorus of “Fu-Gee-La” came straight off the intro to Billy Stewart’s cover of “Summertime”(1966). But again, to what end? It’s cool, but why? It’s rather like Mozart to a guy who is more into Mahler. I could do with less of the standard 1990s rap lyric boastfulness, but maybe it (or I) will develop. This is very good album. In the history of American recorded music, Fugees are here to stay. I love this country. 4/5

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4

Jeez, what an album. And the timing is perfect. The Fugees are on everyone's radar once again after announcing their return, touring 'The Score' to mark its 25th anniversary. I just watched some clips of them playing Global Citizen Live. They tore the place up! What a performance. Lauryn Hill remains a force of nature. I get goosebumps every time I hear her rap on 'Ready or Not'. Check out her live version of the song at Atlantic City Limits if you want goosebumps of your own. A five star review, right? The only thing that brings 'The Score' down is the skits. Do any hip hop skits really stand the test of time? Maybe a few of Eminem's; Wu-Tang Clan had some funny stuff on their albums. Busta Rhymes' 'Only One Year Left' was prescient and remains as disturbing as when it was released via 'Extinction Level Event' in '98. But across a whole album? Lauryn Hill's 'Mis-education...' is probably the only record where all the skits remain timeless; but that's due to the unwavering sentiment and the connection to the narrative as a whole. You can't say the same for 'The Score' and the skits definitely knock it down a tad from being one of the all-time great albums. Still, what an album. Maybe it's the nostalgia of seeming them playing it together again after 2 and a half decades, but each track has just improved and aged like well-rhymed moonshine. The hits remain classic: 'Fu-gee-La' to 'Ready or Not' and 'Killing Me Softly', of course. ONE TIME. But even the fringe songs bring new life to them. 'The Beast' has manifested from feeling like a slightly sinister and unnerving skit to something hugely topical and ahead of its time. I now appreciate the mastery of using 'Dove' by Cymande for the sample in the song 'The Score' whereas I wouldn't have known the reference back in the day. Even the cover of 'No Woman, No Cry' I can now appreciate, despite all the slightly hammy interjections and lyric changes from Wyclef Jean. Above all, I just love Lauryn Hill. So much talent. I hope 'Mis-education...' made it onto the 1001 list, but if not I can at least get my fix and settle for her brilliance on 'The Score'. TWO TIME. Hey. You can't listen to 'The Score' too many times, let's be honest.

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3

I've heard about this album for a while, but this is my virgin listen. Nice grooves but a lot of the tempo and vibe felt the same, except for the covers. Not bad, but didn't do a lot for me.

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3

The music on this album is present, but not really a feature. The music takes a back seat which allows our focus to be on the main thing. And the main thing are the words, the verses, the social exposition. Mista Mista is a stark commentary on a person in need of help who is denigrated when asking for assistance. The Beast is another strong account of a system rigged against black Americans. I enjoy Ready Or Not and Zealots, where the sample is spot on. The famous covers on the album, Killing Me Softly With His Song and No Woman No Cry, are well done. I like hearing this album, and I feel like I should like it more. But when it comes down to it, I’m not putting it in my library, and that’s the line I draw between 3 and 4 stars. I’m not quite sure why. I don’t have a very good explanation, which bothers me. My only thought is that there isn’t much variety to the sound amongst the songs. They all kind of blend together aesthetically from a high level. That’s all I got.

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3

The skits aren't de trop, but the raps can be hard work, and the aesthetic is B-team Wu-Tang.

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5

Amazing samples, super unique rap album. Giving it a 4 for now, but this might go up. And it did!

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5

The singles are the keepers, but also top quality for How Many Mics, Zealots, Score, Mask and No Woman. Not much filler. Remixes are forgettable.

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5

Tätä tuli siskon kanssa kuunneltua moneen otteeseen aikoinaan ja edelleen toimii kuin häkä.

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5

Certified Classic . An album to study . Sample selection is crazy

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5

Iconic tunes in there

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5

Amazing

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5

10/10 Intense, smooth af Damn

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5

Lauryn Hill is massively underrated

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5

This album rules. I did not know there were so many hits on this one and I was surprised by how many songs I recognized but didn’t know were them. I think I listened to this album 3 times over the weekend! So good

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5

Amazing beats and samples, rhythms are also tight

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5

Love the Fugees

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5

Perfect

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5

Love this, excellent songs and kept my interest throughout. The three of them have a nice dynamic that keeps the songs moving. Lots of great samples. My only complaint is the bonus tracks, not needed.

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5

i finally get it! i wasn’t old enough before

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5

Wow I finally see why this is so popular

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5

Haha 10/10 easily. This is arguably one of the best hip hop albums of all time for me. This will be required listening for kids if I had them. It's a complete album - front to back - this is a weird comparison, but like Dark Side, it's an experience with perfect songs that radio can pull out. It is hard to start but ideas that come to mind are : Lauren Hill Band that is loving playing music together Awesome samples and uses of them 90s poetry infused verses (makes references stand up to time and interesting) Amazing Interludes (you want beef?!) Arguments for Praz being crucial to the Fugees Wyclef Genius Maybe my favorite singing part in a hip hop song to belt out of all time? (more later) Boom Bap LAUREN at her best? Best Songs : 1) Killing me Softly Talk to me about 3:12+! Probably my favorite rap singing part ever to sing out loud doing Lauren's part? Even the later parts are good where they just talk and riff. Then! (below) 2) The Score I just like the way this one sounds mostly - New Yorkish - bassline - also, they sample themselves in it (amongst lots of other cool stuff) 3) The Mask - I honestly had this at 2 earlier, but I got caught up in the post Killing Softly hype and rolled with it. I am a sucker for songs that spell things for one - for 2 - I walk the streets and camouflage my identity. Also I am wearing the mask a lot. Also what happened to Steve, really? Mixing, creativity, band vibe : all on point. 10/10 all around.

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5

The Score is the second and final studio album by the hip hop trio Fugees. Upon its release, The Score was a commercial success, peaking at the number one spot on both the Billboard 200, and the Top R&B/Hip-hop Albums chart (it was a number one album on the latter in 1996 on the year-end chart), becoming the third best selling album of 1996. With an estimated 22 million copies sold worldwide,[3] the album has become one of the best-selling albums of all time, at the time of its release it became the best selling hip hop album of all time,[4] while it remains the best selling album by a hip hop group.[5] The Score was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, becoming the second rap album to receive a nomination and the first for a hip hop group

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5

I didn't finish it yet, but this a great hip-hop/soul album. Unbelievable that I didn't know it until today. Thank you 1001albumsgenerator!

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5

Amazing album with some classics

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5

Cracking

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5

Even better than I remembered

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5

This album has aged really well. Some tracks wouldn't be out of place on the airwaves if commercial radio.

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5

The best album this list has churned up so far by a very long way. Its so good I forgive the length and the interludes.

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5

Didn’t get all the way through it but it’s an album I’m familiar enough with. Stone cold classic

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5

Makes me want to wander the streets of a large city, drinking in all the sights, sounds, smells, and feels. The reggae tones are vibrant. I'm now reminiscing about my early days when I first discovered Marley.

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5

This was played so much growing up.

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5

Historic, influential, landmark.

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5

From the get-go one of the greatest hip hop albums I've ever heard. Absolutely blown away.

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5

Love the vocals from Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean in this album. Very unique and loved the samples that were used. Very iconic songs and very comforting. This album had an almost edgy-like feel to it. Highly recommend listening to it.

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5

Amazing. Never heard it before and will definitely get a lot more runs. Loved it.

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5

Ya lo conocia y es excelente

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5

this shit go hard

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5

For me, this album just encapsulates all the goodness of 90s R&B

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5

Amazing mood and lyrics.

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5

Brilliant. Full of great songs. Worth powering through some of the weirder skits but just par for the course at the time I guess.

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5

Rating: 10/10

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5

Great Album

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5

Masterpiece. Some of the best songs of the decade are on here. Lauryn Hill is a GENIUS!!!

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5

Incredible. Sad that it would be impossible to stay up late enough to see Lauren hill now.

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5

Cant give 10 stars

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5

I don't know the last time I had listened to this album start to finish and it was so much more than I remember it being. This definitely belongs on the list.

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5

Really great album. Slightly long but the beats, lyrics, vocals, and hooks are all so good. 9/10

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5

the production and the vibe of this is stellar. great rapping and vocals, and all the performers work really well together. My biggest criticism is that the skits slow down the momentum, and the album didn’t feel super cohesive. 9/10

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5

An absolute classic

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5

This was awesome!

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5

I've listened to album a bunch over my life. Personally, I wasn't quite sure how to rate it. I was thinking it was maybe a 4, but I've had so much fun and enjoyment out of this album that it is a true classic to me.

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5

Amazing

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5

Yo-da-lay-heeeee… Impressive production by the Fugees. Plenty of engaging tracks which more than make up for the less gripping ones. I’m not gonna pretend I’ve yet caught or processed even a quarter of the lyrics, but there are some great beats and sweet reggae fusion. Five bags of popcorn.

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5

Classic. Fuck the outro.

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5

Lyrics+music+sound is just chefs kiss

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5

After 150+ albums there have been many that I've been familiar with and a handful or so that I've owned but this is the first that I knew every second of, back and forth. I love this album. I really enjoyed and had sentimental ties to the first Fugees album and remember the anticipation for The Score. It exceeded all expectations by miles and for me it is a top ten hip-hop album of the 90s if not all-time. Dynamic production in a variety of styles, intelligent and purposeful lyrics, and great interaction and balance between group members. Everything that Lauryn does on this album is remarkable - vocals and lyrics. While Killing Me Softly does stick out a bit from the rest of the album it is also beautiful in it's simplicity and still adds value to the whole album that already has a classic hit on almost every other track. The in-between songs are also strong without exception and there's no filler. My only criticism would be with the skits but they tie together and preview the upcoming songs along with keeping with the style of groups like ATCQ, De La Soul, etc. The album is a great transition and contrast from the more violent and vulgar hip-hop that was popular in the mid-90s. The sound still holds up today, 25 years later. I've listened through this dozens of times and would every time, any time without hesitation. It's unfortunate that this would be their last album as a group but they nailed it and secured an absolute all-timer.

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5

Was tempted to give this a 1 star review purely to spite them for their tardiness in turning up for gigs. But then it's so, so good. It's in the top 10, maybe top 5, hip hop albums of all time in my very humble opinion. Ms. Hill is criminally underrated as a rapper too. Maybe that's because she's a woman, or maybe it's because she never turns up to her fucking shows on time.

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5

this was my go to album in secondary school when it was the in thing for everyone to listen to rap music. i got the reverend to put it on once on a long car journey and it was at that point that i realised the levels of choice language in it. the outro did not go down well. this is a hell of a lot better than i remember it being.

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5

A modern classic. 6 stars.

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5

This is the exact definition of the style of hip hop that I love. Laid back, sonically interesting, writing that's both intelligent and funny, expertly crafted.

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5

Great album, nice to listen to in one go

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5

Sooooo ducking good

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5

Great album

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5

nice

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5

5/5 - love this album

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5

Best!

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5

I listened to Blunted on Reality first in preparation and I thought that was such a cool album - 10/10 favorite song was Vocab, what cool instrumentals for an old school hip hop song and now I just finished The Score and I think it’s crazy how they managed to make an even better album than before this is also a banger 10/10 over the tragically short discography of Fugees has some of the best production, verses, and overall execution of any old school rap I’ve ever heard would highly recommend you hear these two great albums i’m gonna try to look for any other stuff they’ve made also a huge plus is that you can hear a woman that can actually rap, and she raps damn good

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5

Classic.

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5

Incredible hip hop album. Now one of my favorites of all-time.

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5

They stepped up for their 2nd album. Great production, lyrics and flow

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5

Aight this thing doesnt need to tell me to listen to The Score. Absolute classic that has never left my rotation.

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5

Pure nostalgia. I'm pretty sure The Score was my intro to Hip-Hop (or at least Wyclef, Lauryn and Pras). // I play my enemies like a game of chess //

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5

Muito bom!

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5

Adore Lauryn Hill and the nonstop bops of this album. I’m not a skit girl and some of them activated my fight or flight but didn’t take away from how much this album slaps

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5

Honest and raw, this album oozes truth.

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5

Geeente, julgando pela capa, já passou uma super vibe Muy buenoooo!

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5

A true treasure!

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5

Holy cow - first time hearing this record. I’m so lucky to get to experience it brand new, but also so sad I haven’t had this in my life for so long.

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5

One of the all time great hip hop albums. Lauryn Hill is the stand out in this masterpiece.

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5

This is the type of album that for better or worse hugely influenced everything that came after it, still soulful and great, love it

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5

o hip hop é foda

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5

classic

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5

👌 clássico

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5

loved it already

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5

I had heard a song or two, some samples and a bunch of references but never listened to a whole album. This is right up my alley, though. The social commentary here is almost 30 years old and still holds up. Lauryn Hill is a poet warrior goddess. The Newt Gingrich dunk made me laugh out loud alone in my apartment. That Chinese restaurant skit is an instant classic. Phenomenal album, will be returning.

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5

Maan... banger album och det funkr så bra som helhet.... jag älskar så gott som allt med det!

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5

A higlight in hip-hop, I’d say

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5

Essential Hip Hop

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5

I must have owned this cd 20 times. What a perfect hip hop album. Never gets old

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5

Forgot to listen yesterday so no big review, but I loved this album

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5

Great album

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5

Flawless.

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5

Lauryn Hill’s insane vocals and production skills make The Score one of the all-time great hip hop albums. 5 stars

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5

This is an incredibly produced album. Most of that was done by the group itself. I never understood why they were called Fugees until you listen to the theme of the album.

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5

One listen to The Score by Fugees and you would immediately understand why. Why, for the past twenty-five plus years, fans of hip-hop and all genres of music essentially clamor for any crumb of material from the trio that turned everything upside down with their sophomore masterstroke. In a time where alienation, coastal divide and violence reined supreme, three MCs took it upon themselves to not only step up to the best of them but obliterate any doubt in the process. The Score is, perhaps, the prime example of lightning in a bottle; a moment in time that can neither be duplicated nor repeated. And, with that, you will understand why.

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5

What the Fugees are putting out isn't quite what I gravitate to: For example, I remember listening to Lauryn Hill's solo album and bouncing off the reported greatness somewhat. For a few tracks, I was worried the same thing happened here, but it sounds so current, with such spacious and interesting beats, that I can't help but be sucked in. On top of the contemporary sound, there's the insane influence this album has had. On plenty that I don't love, sure, but the source is on another level.

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5

A classic through and through

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5

It's really nice to have a female voice after all the male hip-hop/rap groups we've heard. Lots of great rhymes and fun references scattered throughout. Some nice musical sampling. And the really great cover of "Killing Me Softly With His Song." Not all fun and games with a lot of topical subjects. I enjoyed this quite a bit.

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5

Excellent hip-hop. L Hill's voice is to die for.

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5

I have enjoyed this album since its release. There is still a lot that I really love here...but I probably wouldn't love it as much now, if this was my first listen. Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean...I am a big fan of both!!

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5

Very powerful. Very angry. Very assured. One track flows through to another with a killer beat. Feel like I shouldn't be listening to this and allowed to enjoy this but it's so so good.

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5

Listening to this is like getting your teeth into some culture, like a soft cheese urge. I felt like I was listening to a very tight knit family

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5

Rap progresivo. Dos megahits. Vinilo.

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5

what can you even say

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5

To me this is hiphop at it's best thoughtfully insightful and with enough grit. Telling stories exposing pr3djustice and challenging the status quo. All 3 rappers bring their A game. Its the balance between killing me softly and ready or not, such amazing craftsmanship. And the beats and bass are enough to drive down town with your windows open. Some of the songs still make the hairs on my neck stand up.

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5

Rap progresivo. Dos megahits. Vinilo.

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5

Flawless album. Can immediately listen to this again after finishing from start to finish.

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5

I listen to this album regularly. It has to be one of the best hip hop ever made. I overlooked it for many years as I knew the hits from when I was a child and I didn't notice that they were great and might be part of a spectacular album. It's filled with clever rhymes delivered with a very satisfying and effortless flow. It rewards multiple listens with new discoveries each time and like all great albums it feels like a whole peice of work rather than just a collection of songs.

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5

the perfect score - some superb flow from l-boogie

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5

First surprise hit of this project for me. It’s hard to even criticize this, maybe a couple dated lines and a corny skit? Lauryn Hill deserves every ounce of praise she’s gotten over the years.

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5

They did everything right.

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5

Absolute fire.

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5

For sure deserves a spot on this list. While not my style this is executed perfectly

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5

Another album linked to certain period where I watched a lot of music videos on MTV (particularly waiting for a carpool weekday mornings) and this - especially Ready Or Not - was dominating airtime. It is really top tier hip hop and holds a huge role in defining an era in its genre.

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5

Red Intro - 9/10 How Many Mics - 8/10 Ready or Not - 10/10 Zealots - 9/10 The Beast - 10/10 Fu-Gee-La - 10/10 Family Business - 9/10 Killing Me Softly With His Song - 10/10 The Score - 10/10 The Mask - 10/10 Cowboys - 8/10 No Woman, No Cry - 9/10 Manifest/Outro - 9/10 Mista Mista - 10/10

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5

A really witty album with lots of great tracks and great instrumentation

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5

2 times 2 times!

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5

The Score is an amazing album, with 3 of the best hip hop artists of all time. Seriously, this is a fantastic representation of the entire genre. Its got at least 4, maybe 5 number ones on the album. 5/5

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5

There is a reason The Score is a classic. The Fugees tie in a reggae influence to east coast rap and R&B. This combo results the underrated songs "Zealots" and "No Woman, No Cry". On top of these, this album has massively popular and influential tunes such as "Killing Me Softly..." and "Ready or Not". The Fugees even experiment with a slight western influenced song "Cowboys". I genuinely enjoyed this project. You can still feel the influence of The Score through most contemporary rappers: From Kendrick Lamar and Little Sims to Brockhampton to Hamilton. This album is a classic. Best Songs: Ready or Not, Zealots, Fu-Gee-La, Killing Me Softly With His Song, The Mask, Cowboys Worst Songs: NA

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5

Zeer goed album, begrijp nu zeker waar al de praise voor ms Lauryn Hill vandaan komt. Zeer goeie beat, goeie teksten, paar echte klassiekers, mooi samenhangend geheel.

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5

Amazing classic!!

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5

Great easy R&B with some absolute classic bangers mixed in.

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5

Lauren Hill on top form. Wyclef on top form. Pras on top form. Top production. Top lyrics. Even the interludes are good. Top album.

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5

A few classics, every song had me bopping along, overall great album

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5

This was in heavy rotation back in high school. Still great after all these years.

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4

Darker than the hits suggest... great all round album.

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4

Ahhh, this album is fabulous fun

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4

8/10, fantastic production, aged ridiculously well, with inspired turns from all the performers, doesn't feel especially 90's, and is well worth a spin

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4

1996. Key Songs: How Many Mics, Killing Me Softly With His Song

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4

awesome

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4

Eccentric mid 90s rap album that propelled Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean into rap and reggae stardom

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4

4* some good songs but definitely some filler

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4

Nice one!

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4

has some iconic songs, its a shame most rap albums basically call for violence against white people

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4

Tätä tuli luukutettua aikoinaan huolella. Toimii edelleen.

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4

Better than I expected. Too much talking :)

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4

:)

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4

I'm not a huge fan of this genre of hip hop, but I have to admit that some of these songs are absolute fire. The vocal varieties in the group help to keep the tracks engaging, and the incorporation of more melodic, pop-based choruses and beats, not to mention the creative sampling techniques, help to make the stand-outs really stand out. We've all heard 'Killing Me Softly With His Song', but there's a lot to enjoy here - Ready or Not, Zealots, Fu-Gee-La, How Many Mics are all terrific tracks. Closer to 3.5, but I'll give 4.

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4

There's a lot of emotion in this record. I feel like Childish Gambino has a some inspiration from this one. It's a great record, I can't imagine how it was received in the 90's when it came out, I don't think there was anything like this. Definitely an outstanding album. It's typically not my style, But I can still appreciate it.

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4

Awesome Hip-Hop

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4

Great album from a great era of hip-hop!

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4

One of the best hip-hop/rap albums ever created.

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4

Very close to a 5. Amazing mix of genres and so much personality from the Fugees. This album was as good as the hype made it out to be. A classic of mid 90’s hip hop. Listen to Ready or Not and Fugee La

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4

Very good old-school hip-hop type vibes

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4

No sound like this album.

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4

Hip hop bom!

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4

Entertaining R&B / reggae album. Ms. Lauryn Hill has a wonderful voice so the singing shines past the great rap.

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4

Funky

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4

Despite the cringey moments with kung-fu skit interstitials, this album crushes. Solid rhymes, unafraid to be patient and laid back in the delivery. This is a regular rotation album.

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4

nice bonus at the end!!! Liked even more than the original

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4

8/10 few classics and gorgeous voice, sprinkling of humour but also poignant.

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4

Idk why hip hop albums have comedy skits. They're not funny. But it's a great album if you ignore them

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4

Minus one cos it sounds like they defs put onions in the white rice.

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4

Sin ser un fan del genero HipHop creo que es un buen disco. El talento se deja ver en los arreglos y las voces.

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4

i really liked this album. i'd heard some of the singles but never the full album. im very happy about this one. 4 stars, but a high 4

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4

Good album. I have never listened to Fugees or the individual artists before (aside from Killing Me Softly, but that doesn’t count). Off to a great start.

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4

The individual members of the Fugees may have all gone on to get mired down in financial irregularities, but here they're all working cohesively together to create a great album! It all sounds so effortlessly confident. Fave track - "The Mask" - takes on a different meaning in 2021, heh.

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4

Nice album.

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4

Eccentric

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4

Classic rap shit, great production and flows

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4

Classic

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4

We actually put this on the other week, to share with the kids. It will always hold up.

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4

Woah, this one caught me off guard. I didn't realize ready or not came from this album, nor the cover of killing me softly. Really enjoyed this.

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4

Great - just great

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4

Yea this is good. Ready or Not, Killing Me Softly, lots of good tracks. Cowboys is a good track. NO WOMAN NO CRY!

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4

Excelente voz, buenas melodías

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4

This album fuckin bangs but what is up with that Chinese restaurant skit

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4

Full of bops

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4

Lauryn is a one of a kind talent

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4

Strong album, would've been a 5* had it been cut down slightly to exclude some of the weaker tracks. 4*

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4

Still a great album.

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4

Hip hop, toques de r&b, muy guapo

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4

Nicer groove.

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4

First rap album I ever bought. Great album - as relevant today as it was then, maybe even more so. Best tracks: Fu-Gee-La & Ready or Not.

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4

Iconic album. Lauren Hill is a boss.

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4

Sick album. No jokey or throwaway lyrics just serious rap delivered by three distinct but unified voices (apart from the Chinese skit) . There are some bona-fide hit records on this but my favourite is probably the closing 'manifest/outro', 6 minutes of raw and frustrated expression.

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4

Favourite Songs: Ready or Not & Killing Me Softly With His Song

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4

Great album

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4

Already have this album in my library. I love it! Great R&B Album. Too many favorite tracks to name. Unfortunately not a 5 because of a track or two that doesn’t hit as hard, but definitely a 4.5!

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4

Liked it!

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4

Love all the samples, and Lauryn's vocals. Gets a little repetitive in the second half.

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4

Best tracks: Ready or Not, Fu-Gee-La, Family Business, Killing Me Softly with His Song The Mask, No Woman No Cry, Manifest/Outro

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4

Mid 90s classic hip-hop album. Couple of classic tracks on this album warrant multiple relistens: Ready or Not, killing me softly etc. Album itself has some filler tracks that can be skipped (intro, putto).

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4

Very enjoy able, 4.2 stars

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4

Better than I expected

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4

Great album, heard it before, but not listened this intensely before.

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4

Great album reminds me of old Wu Tang 36 chambers. Great classic hip hop they don't make them like this anymore.

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4

I enjoyed this. Great beats on some tracks, like Ready or Not. I also like their covers of Killing Me Softly and No Woman. Fu-Gee-La was another stand out.

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4

I thought the quality singing by the rappers was noteworthy. Love the Chinese restaurant skit.

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4

Solid chill classic beats

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4

Some absolute bangers on here. Would be a 5 if it wasn't for all the skits and random outros on the end of otherwise great tracks. If they were separated out properly so you could skip them or something, could easily be a 5*

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4

Some great tracks, the skits add little and are an overall detraction

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