01. Man's Final Frontier 02. Mama's Always On Stage 03. People Everyday 04. Blues Happy 05. Mr. Wendal 06. Children Play With Earth 07. Raining Revolution 08. Fishin' 4 Religion 09. Give A Man A Fish 10. U 11. Eve Of Reality 12. Natural 13. Dawn Of The Dreads 14. Tennesee 15. Washed Away 16. People Everyday (Metamorphosis Mix)
Widely adored when it appeared in 1992, Arrested Development's debut album, 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of... seemed to herald a shining new era in alternative rap, when audiences and critics of all colors could agree on the music's importance. Of course, that didn't happen, as Dr. Dre instead took gangsta rap to the top of the charts with The Chronic. In retrospect, 3 Years... isn't quite as revolutionary as it first seemed, though it's still a fine record that often crosses the line into excellence. Its positive messages were the chief selling point for many rock critics, and it's filled with pleas for black unity and brotherly compassion, as well as a devotion to the struggle for equality. All of that is grounded in a simple, upbeat spirituality that also results in tributes to the homeless (the hit "Mr. Wendal"), black women of all shapes and sizes, and the natural world. It's determinedly down to earth, and that aesthetic informs the group's music as well. Their sound is a laid-back, southern-fried groove informed by rural blues, African percussion, funk, and melodic R&B.