Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color

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Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color
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Studio album by Brother Ali
Released September 18, 2012
Genre Hip hop
Length 51:41
Label Rhymesayers Entertainment
Producer Jake One
Brother Ali chronology
The Bite Marked Heart
(2012)
Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color
(2012)
Left in the Deck
(2013)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 80/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Alarm favorable[2]
AllMusic 4/5 stars[3]
Consequence of Sound C+[4]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[5]
HipHopDX 4/5 stars[6]
Pitchfork Media 7.9/10[7]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[8]
XXL XL[9]

Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color is the fifth studio album by American hip hop artist Brother Ali.[10] It was released on September 18, 2012 via Rhymesayers Entertainment.[11] The album was entirely produced by Jake One.[12]

Reception[edit]

Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color received generally favorable reviews from critics. Metacritic gave the album a score of 80/100, based on 11 reviews.[1]

Nate Patrin of Pitchfork Media called it "where the political agitation of The Undisputed Truth and the social humanism of Us intersect".[7] David Jeffries of AllMusic said: "Layered viewpoints, bittersweet situations, and complicated anger flow out of this articulate effort, but the sweet trick of the album is how approachable it is, living up to its title with equal shares of Mourning and Dreaming."[3]

Jaeki Cho of XXL noted that "[Jake One's] distinguished soul production provides the necessary thump throughout, proving that one-producer-one-MC formula works superbly for this juncture."[9]

The album sold 10,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release.[13] In the second week, the album dropped down the charts to number 123 selling 3,100 selling a total of 14,000 in its first two weeks.[14]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Letter to My Countrymen" (featuring Dr. Cornel West) 4:04
2. "Only Life I Know" 4:01
3. "Stop the Press" 4:01
4. "Mourning in America" 4:08
5. "Gather Round" (featuring Amir Sulaiman) 4:39
6. "Work Everyday" 3:45
7. "Need a Knot" 2:45
8. "Won More Hit" 3:43
9. "Say Amen" 2:59
10. "Fajr" 3:51
11. "Namesake" 2:10
12. "All You Need" 3:14
13. "My Beloved" (featuring Choklate & Tone Trezure) 3:58
14. "Singing This Song" 4:22
15. "Just Fine" (iTunes bonus track[15]) 4:18
16. "Dreaming in Color" (iTunes bonus track[15]) 3:25

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Billboard 200[16] 44
Independent Albums[17] 10
Tastemaker Albums[18] 15
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[19] 6
Rap Albums[20] 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color - Brother Ali". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ Morrow, Scott (September 19, 2012). "Review: Brother Ali's Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color". Alarm. Retrieved December 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Jeffries, David (September 18, 2012). "Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color - Brother Ali : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ Freed, Nick (September 17, 2012). "Brother Ali – Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved December 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ MacInne, Paul (August 30, 2012). "Brother Ali: Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color – review | Music". The Guardian. London. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ Fairfax, Jesse (September 19, 2012). "Brother Ali - Mourning In America and Dreaming In Color | Read Hip Hop Reviews, Rap Reviews & Hip Hop Album Reviews". HipHopDX. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Patrin, Nate (September 19, 2012). "Brother Ali: Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color | Album Reviews". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  8. ^ Grossman, David (October 7, 2012). "Brother Ali: Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color". PopMatters. Retrieved December 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b Cho, Jaeki (September 20, 2012). "Brother Ali, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color". XXL. Retrieved November 26, 2014. 
  10. ^ Weiss, Sam (September 19, 2012). "Album Stream: Brother Ali "Mourning In America and Dreaming In Color"". Complex. Retrieved December 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Rhymesayers Entertainment :: Brother Ali". Rhymesayers Entertainment. September 18, 2012. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  12. ^ Horowitz, Steven J. (September 19, 2012). "Brother Ali "Mourning In America And Dreaming In Color" Album Stream". HipHopDX. Retrieved December 4, 2015. 
  13. ^ Paine, Jake (September 26, 2012). "Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 9/23/2012". HipHopDX. Retrieved December 4, 2015. 
  14. ^ Jacobs, Allen (October 3, 2012). "Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 9/30/2012". HipHopDX. Retrieved December 4, 2015. 
  15. ^ a b "iTunes - Music - Mourning In America and Dreaming In Color (Deluxe Version) by Brother Ali". iTunes. Apple Inc. September 18, 2012. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Brother Ali - Chart history - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved December 4, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Brother Ali - Chart history - Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved December 4, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Brother Ali - Chart history - Tastemaker Albums". Billboard. Retrieved December 4, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Brother Ali - Chart history - Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved December 4, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Brother Ali - Chart history - Rap Albums". Billboard. Retrieved December 4, 2015. 

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