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Finding Forever

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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)

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listen  4. Drivin' Me Wild (Album Version) [feat. Lily Allen]Common 3:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. The Game (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]Common 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. U, Black Maybe (Album Version)Common 5:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. So Far To Go (Album Version)D'angelo 4:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Break My Heart (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]Common 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Misunderstood (Album Version)Common 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (July 31, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000RN86BK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,484 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It's no small feat to follow an instant classic like Common's Be (2005) but he skillfully builds on that success with a worthy sequel. The two albums share much in common, especially with Finding Forever's focus and brevity (under 50 minutes) and especially with Kanye West's musical direction. The two Chicago natives have forged a strong chemistry together, especially on songs like "Start the Show" and "Southside" where both men appear, but just as a producer, West makes his presence felt on everything from the catchy piano tinkles of "Driving Me Wild" (featuring British chanteuse Lily Allen) to the brass-knuckled "The Game" (featuring DJ Premier). As has become his trademark, Common balances heartfelt earnestness ("Black Maybe") with clever charm ("Break My Heart") though he has one too many love songs ("I Want You"). Whether Finding Forever surpasses Be is a matter of individual, song-for-song taste: At worst, it's on par--a laudable accomplishment for a veteran now 15 years into his career. --Oliver Wang

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Multi-faceted Hip-Hop superstar Common is prepping his highly anticipated seventh album, Finding Forever, for a July 31st release on G.O.O.D Music/Geffen Records. The album is the follow up to the four times Grammy nominated, critically heralded and Kanye West produced Be, which spawned hits including The Corner, Go, and Testify. Finding Forever, finds Kanye again taking the bulk of production work with help from Will.I.Am on the sultry I Want You, the late great J. Dilla on So Far To Go, featuring a surprise guest appearance by D'Angelo and G.O.O.D Music producer Devo Springsteen on Misunderstood. On Finding Forever, Common, rips the mic like a hungry newcomer. The street single The Game produced by Kanye with scratches by the legendary DJ Premier is a horn drenched, vintage NY rap boom-bap banger from the Chi-town emcee, no less. The resounding lead single The People finds Common lyrically asserting why and who he creates his music for over regal strings, delectable keys and hard to get vocals by Gil Scott Heron. This is the explicit version.

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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In a recent interview, Common explained the title; he wants to try to "find a place in music where you can exist forever. Music can be forever if you make it from the heart." I can only imagine the pressure on Common's shoulders after such a critically acclaimed album, Be, but it seems that he's up to a challenge to try and create an even better album that will go down in the history books.

The album begins with a mellow and heavenly intro, which abruptly fades into the hard-hitting, Kanye West produced "Start The Show." With ominous strings and a fierce snare to back him, Common makes it clear that he is not your average "hot-for-a-minute" rapper. Triumphantly, he disses the wack rappers by telling them their "live show is hollow" and that they were "better as a drug dealer." Ouch! Up next is the first single, "The People." Common makes it clear that he's in this business to touch people's lives. Dwele's entrancing vocals add a nice touch. The next track, "Drivin' Me Wild," has to be one of the most odd combinations in a hip hop song that we've seen lately, but it actually works well. Lily Allen, the UK songbird, has a high and clear voice that blends perfectly with the production and adds a whole new dimension to the song. The songs' lyrics are my favorite part, however. It tells stories of people who have driven themselves crazy "like the astronaut lady" by being a slave to pop/hip hop culture, worrying so much about appearance, trying to be famous, trying to impress others and product placement. The produced "I Want You" is a classic tale of you don't know what you've got until it's gone. Over the dreamy, spacy production, Common tells his story of love lost. "I spent many years trying to be a hearthrob/ I guess it's only right that I'd get my heart robbed.
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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I have followed Common Sense ever since I heard the track "Take It EZ". Originally, I didn't purchase Can I Borrow a Dollar?, but I definitely enjoyed "Take It EZ", "Breaker 1/9", "Soul By The Pound", "Heidi Hoe" and "Charms Alarm". Once I heard "I Used To Love H.E.R.", Common's dedication to hip hop, I knew that his next CD, Resurrection, would also be worth checking out, but for some reason I didn't purchase the CD right away. When I saw the video for Common's track with Lauryn Hill, "Retrospect For Life", once his 3rd disc had already dropped, One Day It'll All Make Sense, that's when I decided to make my first Common purchase. Tracks like "Gettin' Down At The Amphitheater" w/De La Soul, "G.O.D." w/Cee Lo, "All Night Long" w/Erykah Badu, "Stolen Moments Part 2" w/Black Thought from The Roots and "Making A Name For Ourselves" w/Canibus ended up being my favorite tracks. Common's 4th CD, Like Water For Chocolate, may have just been his best CD. The DJ Premier produced 1st single, "The 6th Sense", "Dooin It", "A Song For Assata", and one of his most successful singles to date, "The Light" ended up being my favorite tracks. Electric Circus seemed to be more of an experimental CD for Common. Although I did enjoy the 1st single, "Come Close" which featured Mary J. Blige and the CD's closer "Heaven Somewhere", Common definitely lost me within the experiment of this CD. Read more ›
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If rap was Harlem, he'd be James Baldwin August 13, 2007
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I've heard a lot of Common Sense, and this just seems like a decent album by him. It's highly listenable, but not overwhelmingly memorable. And I thought "Be" was a coherent album whose tracks didn't stand out individually, this one is even more so. I'm glad there are bangers like "Southside" and "The Game," but a lot of the tracks don't stand out too much. It seems rather rushed by his standards. I just think more material should have been added- I know there were at least three extra songs recorded that didn't make the cut. Once again we have a very short album, which is kinda a blessing and a curse- a curse only when some of the existing songs aren't too remarkable.

This cd suffers from an extended downbeat last third, a la Pharoahe Monch's recent cd. The songs aren't bad on their own merit, but can be a little tedious when placed together. I like "So Far To Go," but it's placed at a bad spot on this cd and things slow down from there. The song before, "Black Maybe," is awesome and probably my favorite, but is slow as well. "Break My Heart" seems to be the only overt filler here, although Common gets to show off his rare humorous side. I think if Common put "E=MC^2" (over "So Far To Go") it would have been a better testament to both his and J. Dilla's skills, and would have injected an extra shot of adrenaline into the cd.

Common's rhyming here is a little more vague and his pop culture references are a little superfluous, but there's still enough evidence of a very superior mc on the album. He still provides numerous quotables, as witnessed by reviewers' headlines. His style has always been more than simply punchlines, however.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Many will argue that Be was Common's best album. Be was undoubtedly a...
Many will argue that Be was Common's best album. Be was undoubtedly a classic and I won't argue that but Finding Forever is my favorite Common album. Read more
Published 13 days ago by TDT
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Album
Solid album by a consistent artist. Keep doing your thing common. Been a fan for years and will continue to support your music.
Published 5 months ago by Michael M. James
3.0 out of 5 stars Love Common but...
Love Common but this wasn't his best album. I can think of 2 songs I love and 1 I relatively enjoy. Should've downloaded those and skipped the album
Published 10 months ago by Shae
5.0 out of 5 stars classic Common
I absolutely love Vinyl and as I suspected this piece of work was excellent on vinyl. Common never disappoints. Love it!
Published 18 months ago by Gloria L. Few
5.0 out of 5 stars Commons best album
I bought this album when it first came out & enjoyed it so much that I bought it again in 2012 because I misplaced the cd. This album is clasic from beguining to end. Read more
Published on April 19, 2012 by Kamal Kaalund
3.0 out of 5 stars couldnt find forever
Commons album finding forever lacked a lot of his real raw talent. Not only he didnt have enough tracks but some songs were lame. Read more
Published on April 17, 2012 by kaivon83
4.0 out of 5 stars quality hip hop
This has 5 or 6 songs produced by Kanye West (always a good thing). Good, solid lyrics and rapping by Common. A couple of the songs at the end aren't much.
Published on March 29, 2012 by deeznuts
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding Forever
The CD got here in good time and in great condition. I would definitely purchase from them again.
Published on April 24, 2010 by Eric Njuki
3.0 out of 5 stars Finding uncommon ground
Common forever walks that line between accessibly disposable and authentically memorable hip-hop, and with many cuts by effective producer West, continues to build off the... Read more
Published on October 15, 2009 by IRate
3.0 out of 5 stars Threee Stars for Common
I expect that any album would fall short comming after the album "BE", perhaps had I heard finding forever before the release of BE, my response to the album on a whole would be... Read more
Published on July 16, 2009 by C. Warner
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Which is better, Finding Forever or Be? Hard to tell.
I consider BE as the experiment album. This is the first G.O.O.D. album Common dropped and since the sound was considered "Brand New" due to working with Kanye (and still the late great J Dilla) together. The outcome was great success, with 3 Grammy nods which they... Read More
Jul 31, 2007 by Flub Tinsdale |  See all 10 posts
Why do people refer to snap music as HIP HOP?????????????
This buffoon has in this list
Jul 28, 2007 by R. Perera |  See all 12 posts
not sure , but it might be this..

* "The Game" (Produced by Kanye West) (featuring scratches by DJ Premier)
* "The People" (featuring Dwele) (Produced by Kanye West)
* "Black Maybe" (featuring Bilal) (Produced by Kanye West)
* "A Dream" (featuring... Read More
Jun 19, 2007 by Jamal |  See all 6 posts
Best Underground Hip Hop Album Ever
brother brother..."Spearhead's" Home CD...will always be the best underground hip hop album...check it out with the quickness...i'm gonna check out this brother.... thank you for the TIP!
Aug 24, 2007 by M. A. Rosario |  See all 2 posts
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