Be - Common
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  • Summary: The rapper's follow-up to 2002's love-it-or-hate-it 'Electric Circus' was produced largely by Kanye West. For some reason, John Mayer guests.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Be's leanness signals awesome growth even without pushing sonic boundaries. [27 May 2005, p.136]
  2. Common's best album so far, one that proves hip hop can be both smart and mainstream. [Jul 2005, p.114]
  3. 86
    Although Kanye's production work has certainly been more spectacular in the past, his subtle tweaks and inversions on Be provide Com with a revamped template. [#16, p.94]
  4. Be is Common getting his "grown man" on.
  5. West is the producer Common has been waiting for all of his career: He makes Common both catchier and edgier at the same time.
  6. After blasting off into outer space with Electric Circus, Common returns to more solid ground with Be, but thanks to West, Poyser, and Jay Dee, the sounds are often nothing short of heavenly.
  7. Each neo-soul nod to the R&B sound of Detroit, immediately post-Holland-Dozier-Holland, sounds more claustrophobic and limited than the last.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 64
  2. Negative: 2 out of 64
  1. MusicLover
    Oct 21, 2007
    10
    This was the best album of 2005. People will look back at this album & hopefully they will see it the same way I see it: as a classic. Common brings lyrics from the heart & mixes it in with jazz-type beats. The only thing I wish was different was the fact that "The Food" was live. I didn't mind having the live version, but I would've preferred the studio version. However, it's still a perfect hip-hop album. It's definitely one of the top ten hip hop albums of this decade (so far). Expand
  2. risa
    Jun 1, 2005
    10
    off the hook!
  3. kashifs
    May 25, 2005
    10
    inspirational
  4. AlbertP
    Sep 21, 2005
    10
    This album is 'The Food' for your mind, body and soul. Long live Common
  5. TaylorF
    May 24, 2005
    9
    The album has soul for days. Many think Common is reaching in his past for his future. I think title is the best rebuttal for these peps. Common is what he is...so just let him be. Had it been a bit longer and maybe left out track 3 the album would have definately earned a 10. Expand
  6. SMorris
    Jun 22, 2005
    9
    Be - very tight a little to long in the beginning. 9.1 The Corner - Perfect! 10.0 Go! - Perfect! 9.7 Faithful - Perfect! 9.6 Testify - Perfect! 10.0 Love is - Alright 7.7 Chi-City - Cool 8.3 The Food - Very tight but old 8.7 if never heard 9.5 Real People - Very nice 9.3 The Say - Close to Perfect 9.5 Its Your World - Best track Perfect!!! 11 Overall 9.3 Expand
  7. KyleT
    May 27, 2006
    0
    dis cd is wack jus cuz he is an old head who used to do drugs CRACKHEAD BIT**

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