Finding Forever


Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic 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 best music here is so deep it's more powerful than the rhymes.
  3. Spin
    Forever is livelier, grittier and better [than "Be."] [Aug 2007, p.101]
  4. Entertainment Weekly
    The album is both lush and gritty, integrating awkwardly hacked samples, rowdy percussion, and sweet backing vocals. [03 Aug 2007, p.67]
  5. It's tight, cohesive, devoid of filler, refreshingly brisk (at 50 minutes long), and sonically and lyrically focused.
  6. 80
    Finding Forever, Common’s spectacular seventh full-length, isn’t 'The Bitch in Yoo,' but it is his hardest release since.
  7. 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.
  8. Finding Forever is a winner, lean and mean and without a minute of wasted space.
  9. Common has made a record that follows the same formula as its predecessor. Not a bad move considering the success of the four-time Grammy Award-nominated "Be."
  10. Whether Finding Forever surpasses "Be" is a matter of individual, song-for-song taste: At worst, it's on par--a laudable accomplishment for a veteran now 15 years into his career.
  11. Finding Forever finds Common at his best lyrically, which means at his most basic, bending beats to fit his deliberate delivery.
  12. With Forever, Common delivers the expected--political, lover-man, and battle rhymes told with wit and complexity over street-commercial beats--in spades.
  13. Vibe
    Forever captures Common maturing graefully into his--and hip hop's--middle age at a time when many peers are either talking retirement or being forced into it. [August 2007, p73]
  14. Finding Forever, then, is Common's snapshot of hip-hop's awkward middle age--an album that is neither here nor there.
  15. His ear-grabbing command stands up to almost any MC out there.
  16. The album includes a handful of well-placed and effectual guest contributors, including Bilal, Dwele, Lily Allen, Common's dad, and the one and only Primo. Still, it's a shade less satisfying than "Be."
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
  1. Aug 5, 2014
    Common occasionally comes across as a featuring artist on a string of instrumentals on Finding Forever, which is particularly disappointingCommon occasionally comes across as a featuring artist on a string of instrumentals on Finding Forever, which is particularly disappointing because of his significant lyrical and vocal ability. Despite this, much of the album is composed of grandiose production with intelligent lyrics. ~ 7.7/10

    Best tracks: "I Want You", "The Game" & "Break My Heart"
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  2. TONYB.
    Dec 31, 2007
  3. TrellT.
    Dec 6, 2007
    Nearly really is. Saved hip-hop for the year in my opinion.