Artist: The Roots Track: "Birthday Girl" Album: Rising Down Listen

I picked this song from many good ones on the band's April 29 release, mostly because it's so darn weird. The open sounds closer to O.A.R. than the staid, conscious, prescient songs ?estlove and cohorts would claim as their own. Soon after a few bars of that intoxicating guitar riff, things return to normal -- sort of.