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  • Summary: The seventh album produced by Kanye West (who also guests on one track), features appearances from Lily Allen, DJ Premier, D'Angelo, and Bilal.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. 'So Far to Go' embodies everything great about Common--his witty delivery, smooth flow, loquacious lyrics and perfect sense of timing --but then the same could be said for virtually any track on Finding Forever.
  2. The album is both lush and gritty, integrating awkwardly hacked samples, rowdy percussion, and sweet backing vocals. [03 Aug 2007, p.67]
  3. West produces the bulk again on Finding Forever, and it's his skill in embellishing a sample and his unerring eye for a soulful hook that is consistently bringing the best out of his mentor-turned-protege.
  4. Although Common has always been an earnest rapper, his drive to induce meaning on many of these tunes sometimes comes at the expense of catchiness. They're like cauliflower: nutritious, but without much flavor.
  5. The rest of it though, is soulful and intelligent where 'intelligent' is not exclusive to 'good beats and rhymes.' Which is what it's all about.
  6. Finding Forever is something to be admired, even if it is uneven.
  7. The type of pretension that rears its fluffy manicured head on Finding Forever is one flatly insidious, lying in plush vibing harpsichord wait ("Intro"), in pattered bongo spoken word nobility ("Black Maybe"), and finally erupting in a 7½ minute crossharp-cooing, Crash-namedropping, butterfuck of pretension, exploding the boundaries of how fucking wack we ever, ever, ever thought Common could get.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
  1. NadumF.
    Jul 31, 2007
    10
    A classic album, not one weak song. Amazing work by Common and Kanye.
  2. AC
    Aug 9, 2007
    10
    Its funny how common can say so much using the least of words. King of RAP!...Hiphop's a joke..Finding forever is a neo soul rap album, Its funny how common can say so much using the least of words. King of RAP!...Hiphop's a joke..Finding forever is a neo soul rap album, people who loved resurrection will love this album even if it's not as lyrical. Even progressing to a more commercial sound common still packs a punch with his lyrics. All hail Expand
  3. TONYB.
    Dec 31, 2007
    10
    HEAT
  4. pepel.
    Aug 1, 2007
    9
    Perfect productions, good lyrics, nice atmosphere on the whole album and a magic outro (forever begins): best hip hop LP 2007!!! But kanye is Perfect productions, good lyrics, nice atmosphere on the whole album and a magic outro (forever begins): best hip hop LP 2007!!! But kanye is still coming... Expand
  5. DanA
    Sep 23, 2007
    8
    Not as good as Be, but still a great album. Some would say Finding Forever is flawed in that Common has been delivering this same soulful Not as good as Be, but still a great album. Some would say Finding Forever is flawed in that Common has been delivering this same soulful concept with self-conscious and love based lyrics. But Common does it with such unique of an approach and different means of getting to his point each time. Expand
  6. ikee
    Jul 30, 2007
    8
    A brilliant album from common....personally at par with 'Be'.
  7. johnj
    Jul 30, 2007
    2
    Nowhere near as good as Be, unfortunately.

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