Let Love Image
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  • Summary: The 12th full-length studio release from the rapper/actor features guest appearances from A-Trak, BJ The Chicago Kid, Leon Bridges, Daniel Caesar. Leikeli47, Jonathan McReynolds, Samora Pinderhughes, Jill Scott, and Swizz Beatz.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Aug 27, 2019
    90
    Sonically, the album is a time capsule of the greatest moments in black music history. Lyrically, it's hard-hitting reality about the present day, the good, the bad and the horrific — but it's also a captivating tale about using love as a weapon to overcome, as well as the reality that sometimes love also fails, whether it be romantic, platonic or social.
  2. 80
    Where Black America Again was notable for its sharp, observational urgency, Let Love feels far more personal, and softer in tone. Common’s optimistic nature gives it an uplifting vibe.
  3. Aug 30, 2019
    70
    The benevolent spirit in ["HER Love"] and almost all of the other tracks makes the strong-arming "Hercules" and the retribution tale "Fifth Story" seem like misplaced throw-ins.
  4. Entertainment Weekly
    Aug 27, 2019
    67
    Important sentiments may abound here, but they're missing a solid follow-through. [Sep 2019, p.101]
  5. Q Magazine
    Aug 27, 2019
    60
    There's more than enough for a killer accompaniment to his book, but as a standalone album, Let love needs a tougher edit. [Oct 2019, p.106]
  6. Aug 27, 2019
    60
    These aren’t bad song ideas per se, but the record as a whole becomes cloying through an overload of syrupy chords and Common stuck on motivational speaker mode.
  7. Sep 3, 2019
    56
    Common has been delivering solid material for three decades, but this album can be chalked up as a mediocre comeback, not for lyrical ability. Rather, it’s for the lack of soul “by the pound” in the album’s soundscapes. It just doesn’t hold as much weight in his discography.

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  1. Aug 30, 2019
    10
    Un album super completo y además lana nunca se queda corta con su música la amo
  2. Aug 30, 2019
    10
    If you're a fan of Classic Hip Hop, then you will instantly recognize this as a modern day classic of that genre. Soulful, jazzy, heartfeltIf you're a fan of Classic Hip Hop, then you will instantly recognize this as a modern day classic of that genre. Soulful, jazzy, heartfelt and personal Expand
  3. Sep 1, 2019
    9
    I can’t say that I’m a huge fan of Common’s flow and really haven’t been on any of his albums (Hercules is a good example of what I don’tI can’t say that I’m a huge fan of Common’s flow and really haven’t been on any of his albums (Hercules is a good example of what I don’t enjoy) but Let Love is a future classic. Jazzy with a strong gospel vibe and strikingly excellent lyrics. HER Love is a stellar use of J Dilla’s beat and God is Love should be required to be played in churches. Expand