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  • Summary: On his fifth album, the underground rapper ventures more into the rock, soul, and jazz territory of his influences, with production help from the Soulaquarians. An eclectic array of guests includes Prince, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Bilal, Mary J. Blige, and Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. The Electric Circus turns out to be a place that exists in Hip-hopolis and Rawk City and Bacharachville and DixieLand and Heaven, all at the same time. Holy crap, people, Com did it: he broke on through to the other side.
  2. While Talib's Quality and The Roots' Phrenology break new ground for both acts, Electric Circus is clearly the most adventurous of the trio of releases.
  3. 100
    While those seeking a quick fix of cheap thrills hip hop will be disappointed, anyone who likes their music lush, multi-layered and lyrical should pick this up without delay.
  4. Even the psychedelic overreach shows a most uncommon artist at work. [Feb 2003, p.64]
  5. If Prince had ever successfully come to grips with hip hop, this is what the result might have sounded like.
  6. Like The Roots' new Phrenology, Electric Circus possesses many of the weaknesses associated with ambition: a bloated running time, the faint aroma of pretension, an obligatory spoken-word piece, and songs that outlast their welcome.
  7. 40
    Its attempts at a more ethereal sound crash up against Common's cumbersome intellectualizing. [#13, p.91]

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