Universal Mind Control

  • Record Label: Geffen
  • Release Date: Dec 9, 2008
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 30
  2. Negative: 6 out of 30

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  1. JimmyP
    Dec 9, 2008
    6
    I love Common. He is on my top 10, but I think that he is outta element on this cd. Party jams isn't exactly his forte. It's not a bad cd by anymeans, but I didn't think that I would put Common and mediocore cd in the same sentence. The second have gets better which makes its an above all just okay listen.
  2. ClifC
    Apr 26, 2009
    5
    Entertainment Weekly said it all. Big, big, big, biiiiig disappointment! Some good moments though ("Universal Mind Control" & "Everywhere").
Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. Universal Mind Control seems to move Common backward instead of forward, which for a lyricist of his caliber is truly disappointing.
  2. Huh? A Common album without a soul-jazz opener? Well, rap's deep thinker wanted to make club bangers. So he got the Neptunes to shape this sexed-up set.
  3. 70
    While we're used to Common in the role of poetic prophet or self-righteous rhyme slayer, Universal Mind Control is primarily a rhythmic celebration, paying tribute to Afrika Bambaataa and Jonzun Crew jams.