|Studio album by Talib Kweli|
|Released||August 21, 2007|
|Genre||Alternative hip hop, conscious hip hop|
Warner Bros. Records
|Producer||Hi-Tek, Kanye West, Battlecat, Chad Beatz, Terrace Martin, Kwamé, DJ Khalil, Madlib, will.i.am, Pete Rock, Just Blaze, A Kid Called Roots, Sha-La Shakier, Nick Speed, Swiff D|
|Talib Kweli chronology|
|The A.V. Club||A−|
Eardrum is the third solo album from American hip hop artist Talib Kweli. The album was his Warner Bros. Records debut with his first album on his own label, Blacksmith Records. It was engineered by Dylan "3-D" Dresdow, Joel Hamilton, Ryan Kennedy, Mike Houge and Dave Dar. Eardrum was released on August 21, 2007 on the Blacksmith Records label with distribution handled by Warner Bros. Records and a score of 73 out of 100 from Metacritic based on "generally favorable reviews". Some reviews are average or mixed: Uncut gave it a score of three stars out of five and said, "Kweli, whose wordy rhymes can often read better than they flow, sounds nimble and at ease most of the time." Vibe also gave it three stars out of five and said it "lacks cohesiveness." Spin gave it a score of five out of ten and said, "Though Kweli can't change his voice he was born with, he needs to figure out how to make it as compelling as his material." Hot Press gave it an above average review, however, and said, "Kweli's collaborative work has set the bar so high that his solo efforts routinely fail to meet these exalted expectations."
Outside Metacritic, XXL gave it a score of XL (the equivalent of four out of five stars) and said, "Unlike 2004’s The Beautiful Struggle, which clumsily juxtaposed grungy backpack beats with basic mainstream medleys, Ear Drum is a more sonically cohesive endeavor. Having more fun with the music and ignoring his critics, Talib proves that, sometimes, the only one worth listening to is yourself." HipHopDX gave it four stars out of five and said, "There is still room for improvement, but this largely the album from Kweli that everyone has been waiting for." AllHipHop.com gave it a score of 8.5 out of 10 and said it "still delivers enough solid work to be worth checking out no matter what your expectations." About.com gave it a score of four-and-a-half stars out of five and said, "While it's questionable as to whether Ear Drum holds up against his previous classics, it is without a doubt that this is most certainly Talib Kweli’s most effective release to date." AbsolutePunk gave it a score of 74% and said, "Though highly inconsistent due to its extraordinary number of songs, Ear Drum impresses as a whole, making that early cop out absolutely unneeded. Talib Kweli refuses to disappoint." Los Angeles Times gave it a favorable review and said, "Kweli's commanding delivery and the well-executed songs on his sixth album... consistently provide pointed commentary... and masterful production."
Talib posted a page on his website where he describes his whole album track by track, allowing fans to listen to every song.
Eardrum debuted at number 2 on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling about 60,000 copies in its first week, making it Kweli's highest debuting album to date. On its second week it fell to #20 with sales of 25,000 copies, selling a total of 85,500 units.
Bonus tracks on the International release of the album included "Take It Back" featuring Marsha Ambrosius of Floetry, produced by Karriem Riggins and "Getting My Grown Man On" featuring Little Brother, produced by Midi Mafia (also appeared on Little Brother's "And Justice for All" mixtape).
|#||Title||Time||Performer(s)||Songwriters||Producer(s)||Samples and notes|
|1||"Everything Man"||3:16||Talib Kweli, Res
(additional vocals by Sonia Sanchez)
|Talib Kweli Greene||Madlib||
|2||"NY Weather Report"||4:35||Talib Kweli
(scratches by DJ Jazzy Jeff and Cut Chemist)
|Talib Kweli Greene||Nick Speed||
|3||"Hostile Gospel Pt. 1 (Deliver Us)"||5:22||Talib Kweli||Talib Kweli Greene,
|4||"Say Something"||3:43||Talib Kweli, Jean Grae||Talib Kweli Greene||will.i.am||
|5||"Country Cousins"||4:31||Talib Kweli, UGK, Raheem DeVaughn||Talib Kweli Greene||A Kid Called Roots, Sha-La Shakier||
|6||"Holy Moly"||2:08||Talib Kweli||Talib Kweli Greene||Pete Rock||
|7||"Eat to Live"||3:07||Talib Kweli||Talib Kweli Greene||Madlib||
|8||"In the Mood"||3:55||Talib Kweli, Roy Ayers, Kanye West||Talib Kweli Greene,
|9||"Soon the New Day"||4:02||Talib Kweli, Norah Jones||Talib Kweli Greene,
Otis Jackson Jr.,
(co-produced by Eric Krasno)
|10||"Give 'Em Hell"||4:27||Talib Kweli, Coi Mattison, Lyfe Jennings||Talib Kweli Greene,
|Terrace Martin, Battlecat||
|11||"More or Less"||4:40||Talib Kweli, Dion||Talib Kweli Greene,
|12||"Stay Around"||4:15||Talib Kweli||Talib Kweli Greene,
Claydes Charles Smith,
|13||"Hot Thing"||3:48||Talib Kweli, will.i.am||Talib Kweli Greene,
|14||"Space Fruit" (Interlude)||1:31||Sa-Ra||Om'Mas Keith,
|15||"The Perfect Beat"||3:49||Talib Kweli, KRS-One||Talib Kweli Greene,
|16||"Oh My Stars"||3:40||Talib Kweli, Musiq Soulchild||Talib Kweli Greene,
Amani Fela Greene
|17||"Listen!!!"||3:28||Talib Kweli||Talib Kweli Greene,
|18||"Go With Us"||3:59||Talib Kweli, Strong Arm Steady||Talib Kweli Greene,
|19||"Hostile Gospel Pt. 2 (Deliver Me)"||4:21||Talib Kweli, Sizzla||Talib Kweli Greene
|20||"The Nature" (Bonus Track)||5:01||Talib Kweli, Justin Timberlake||Talib Kweli Greene,
|Eric Krasno, Adam Deitch|
|21||"Hush" (Bonus Track)||3:55||Talib Kweli, Jean Grae||Talib Kweli Greene
|22||"Take It Back" (International Bonus Track)||5:14||Talib Kweli, Marsha Ambrosius of Floetry||Talib Kweli Greene, Marsha Ambrosius||Karriem Riggins|
|23||"Getting My Grown Man On" (International Bonus Track)||3:50||Talib Kweli, Little Brother||Talib Kweli Greene, Little Brother||Midi Mafia|
|Billboard 200||Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums|
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- Allmusic review
- The A.V. Club review
- Entertainment Weekly review
- Now review
- The Observer review
- The Phoenix review
- Pitchfork Media review
- PopMatters review
- RapReviews review
- Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived October 1, 2007)
- "Eardrum - Talib Kweli". Allmusic. 2007-08-14. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
- Hot Press review
- XXL review
- HipHopDX review
- AllHipHop.com review
- About.com review
- AbsolutePunk review
- Los Angeles Times review
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- Katie Hasty, "'High School Musical 2' Hangs On Atop Billboard 200", Billboard.com, August 29, 2007.
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