Label: Arista/LaFace Records
Still Standing is sad, affirmative, visceral and (perhaps most of all) thoughtful. More obstinately bluesy than their near-classic debut, the album may be short on hummable tunes, but chock-full of navel-gazing introspection and socio-political meditations. Hook slinger extraordinaire Cee-Lo provides a soulful growl that lifts such tracks as "Fly Away," while emcees Khujo, T-Mo and Big Gipp deliver their usual complex narratives. The sludgy blues of Organized Noize's production only enhances the album's at a crossroads vibe.