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  • Summary: The 14th full-length studio release for the Chicago rapper features guest appearances from Black Thought, Brittany Howard, Marcus King, Seun Kuti, Jessica Care Moore, Morgan Parker, PJ, and Isaiah Sharkey.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
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  1. Sep 10, 2021
    80
    Common raps with the calm contentment of a man who’s reached his destination, and it certainly sounds satisfying.
  2. Sep 9, 2021
    80
    ‘A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 2’ is a sweet paean to music’s mood-boosting properties, as well as it capacity to effect meaningful change.
  3. 80
    Common’s lyrical imagery is as evocative as ever on both. ... This is Common’s most hopeful album in years.
  4. Sep 10, 2021
    80
    ‘A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 2’ stares down the traumas that proliferate our lives, offering hope, creativity, and soul filtered through Common’s profound hip-hop vision.
  5. 60
    By catering to everyone in an effort to uplift, Common doesn’t connect with the listener as much as he could–and as much as he has in the past. Common's big tent might be too spacious for its own good.
  6. Sep 14, 2021
    60
    There’s enough evidence on A Beautiful Revolution, Pt. 2 to suggest that he still cares about music, but it may take more than mellow bromides and Obama shout-outs to truly convince us.
  7. Mojo
    Sep 9, 2021
    60
    An improvement on 2020's lightweight Pt. 1. [Oct 2021, p.99]

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  1. Sep 10, 2021
    10
    Africabeat and poetic. Poetry reminds me of the underground of the 00s. Common made an album with the essence of rap.
  2. Sep 16, 2021
    8
    The record's restlessness, be it in the shifting time signatures or the skittering beats and off-kilter rapping style employed by Common uponThe record's restlessness, be it in the shifting time signatures or the skittering beats and off-kilter rapping style employed by Common upon it, won't be for everyone, but combined with soulful production and the rapper's typically highly socially conscious lyricism, said restlessness transforms into urgency and even uplift, delivering a powerful, articulate and intelligently empathetic message of community and hope amidst ever-trying times. Expand