Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Electric Circus [Limited Edition w/ Bonus DVD]
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop
Rock & roll has grabbed Common by the neck and given him a good shake. With its heavy, multilayered sound, Electric Circus is steeped in the Chicago-born and Brooklyn-based rapper?s newfound love for Pink Floyd, Traffic, a... more »
Rock & roll has grabbed Common by the neck and given him a good shake. With its heavy, multilayered sound, Electric Circus is steeped in the Chicago-born and Brooklyn-based rapper?s newfound love for Pink Floyd, Traffic, and, above all, Jimi Hendrix. But, like many new converts to anything, Common goes a little off the deep end. His ambitious quest to expand the boundaries of hip-hop is crammed to the gills with a thousand motifs and is a little too busy to be a complete success. Perhaps not surprisingly, Common?s rhymes (sample lyric: "my mind screams like Al Green to stay together!") take a distant second place to the complex musical landscape he?s fashioned. In addition, a sidereal array of vocalists (including Stereolab?s Laetitia Sadier, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Cee-Lo, Bilal, and Common?s main squeeze, Erykah Badu) and musicians (Prince, Bobbi Humphrey, Nicholas Payton) add to the sonic density. All in all, Electric Circus mightn?t strike the universal chord that Common sought, but it?s a bold, elaborate project that's definitely worth a listen. --Rebecca Levine
Common's Best CD since Resurrection
okayplayer | Princeton, New Jersey United States | 03/25/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Common takes Hip Hop to a place it had yet to travel to, and he does it with intelligence and soul. This is by far his most daring work, and he hits more than he misses, but with tracks like "New Wave" and "I am Music", he pushes the limits and makes you ask yourself "What is Hip Hop?"For the future of hip hop, pick up this CD."
The hottness.......but could have done better
Charlie Rutherford Jr | Atlanta, Ga USA | 03/11/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Me and my boy was talkin' about Common's new album and identified the pros and cons of his latest work. We felt that some of his songs were still straight in the culture of hip hop but he didn't come as witty with his lyrics as he usually does. If you want something different to listen to...this album is for you. But if you are used to the usual underground rhythm he comes with and the crazy word play he displays than you may be disappointed. You have a couple of hot songs but it's no "Like Water For Chocolate." It's still hot and gives you something to look forward to after a long day at work or at school but it's something different that he put into that album. I enjoy it but he comes at me with a different spirit than before.-Dyrt and I'm out"
I wish i could help you out.
bob smart | boston, ma | 05/05/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Common i wish i could help you out with this, but we all know what you are. you are hip hop. i admire the attempt to try and reinvent yourself, but with common's cadence he just didn't flow with the beats. There are a few tracks that are typical common, but not enough. Stick with One day it'll all make sense and like water for chocolate."