Finding Forever

User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 65
  2. Negative: 2 out of 65

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  1. nickyd
    Jul 30, 2007
    4
    listened to it, loved two songs. listened again, liked two songs. will i listen again? neeps
  2. matta.
    Aug 6, 2007
    6
    The cokemachineglow review is hilarious but obviously way too harsh. This is definitely a step down from Be (even though I would only put that album at about a 7), but there are still some great moments. Obviously "So Far To Go" "The People" "The Game" and "Southside", pretty much all the leaked tracks, are the highlights, but surprisingly, the Lily Allen and the Black Eyed Peas The cokemachineglow review is hilarious but obviously way too harsh. This is definitely a step down from Be (even though I would only put that album at about a 7), but there are still some great moments. Obviously "So Far To Go" "The People" "The Game" and "Southside", pretty much all the leaked tracks, are the highlights, but surprisingly, the Lily Allen and the Black Eyed Peas guy's collabs aren't terrible. Still, this is pretty forgettable and pales in comparison to much more inspired hip-hop albums released this year by Brother Ali and Dizzee Rascal. Expand
  3. JeffB
    Aug 9, 2007
    4
    Nowhere near as good as Like Water for Chocolate or Ressurection. Kanye bites Jay Dee hard on "The People," too bad people weren't paying attention when Jay Dee was producing classic songs for Common 7 years ago. I guess as long as it sells it must be better right? Can't wait till everyone recognizes that Kanye can't rap and his production is stale.
  4. Paulc
    Jul 31, 2007
    5
    It's hard to follow up an album as good as Be, so Common was almost doomed to fail from the start. Finding Forever sounds like it has potential but never really bursts forth. Common sounds tired on half the tracks. Even Pop's rap was sub-par. I still love Common but this is the most disappointing since Electric Circus.
  5. JayS
    Jul 30, 2007
    6
    I'm disappointed that this LP has so slavishly followed the formula of 'Be', yet somehow managed to diminish it's memory. It hasn't even grown on me all that much, such a shame! (PS- Still better than most of the wackness out there)
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. 80
    Finding Forever, Common’s spectacular seventh full-length, isn’t 'The Bitch in Yoo,' but it is his hardest release since.
  2. Blender
    60
    Kayne West once again saves his friend from the NAACP lecture circuit with soul-snapping beats that effectively turn the headliner into a guest star on his own album. [Aug 2007, p. 110]
  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.