The Dreamer/The Believer

User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 48
  2. Negative: 6 out of 48
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  1. Dec 21, 2011
    5
    I like Common, and I have for a long time, that's why this cd was just "ok" for me. I like his flow, the beats are fine, but there's something missing for me. I think my expectations for his are so high, a conventional album just won't cut it from him anymore. It's very similar to Finding Forever for me. I did not like Universal Mind Control, but liked the idea of stepping outside of hisI like Common, and I have for a long time, that's why this cd was just "ok" for me. I like his flow, the beats are fine, but there's something missing for me. I think my expectations for his are so high, a conventional album just won't cut it from him anymore. It's very similar to Finding Forever for me. I did not like Universal Mind Control, but liked the idea of stepping outside of his box and trying something new. Expand
  2. Jun 28, 2012
    6
    I liked Common since he was called Common Sense, but thru this time his music has morphed into something I don't really like anymore. Although his rhyming skill is very tight and his subject matter is something other than the normal "rap type" stuff, I didn't like this album as it didn't seem to have a direction-sort of speak. I did like "ghetto dreams (with nas)" , "raw" and "the cloth."I liked Common since he was called Common Sense, but thru this time his music has morphed into something I don't really like anymore. Although his rhyming skill is very tight and his subject matter is something other than the normal "rap type" stuff, I didn't like this album as it didn't seem to have a direction-sort of speak. I did like "ghetto dreams (with nas)" , "raw" and "the cloth." Worth a listen if you want to get in touch with something outside the "box." Expand
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Mojo
    Mar 22, 2012
    80
    The fire is back in his belly. [Apr 2012, p.88]
  2. Q Magazine
    Mar 14, 2012
    80
    [Common] delivers something fresh and vibrant by applying his seasoned skills to old-school breaks, classic hooks and a measure of eclecticism. [April 2012, p.104]
  3. It's a shame the God-bothering pomp of John Legend collaboration "The Believer" spoils it all at the end.