Part five of the Most Memorable Albums of 1999 is highlighted by the political rock of Rage Against the Machine and Joe Strummer, as well as major league hip-hop from Mos Def, Pharoahe Monch, Q-Tip, and Jay-Z.
Maybe after feeling the sting from fans and critics (misplaced though it surely was) after 2005's The Forgotten Arm, Mann has retreated a bit. But, rather than a “return to form”, we have a return to format.
Fifth solo release from consummate singer-songwriter is an examination of the centripetal destruction that consumes lives at the point of no return. It's also a concept album that actually works -- devastatingly so.