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This review is from: Be (Audio CD)
Look, let's be real here:
If we compare Be to Like Water For Chocolate or Resurrection, it's straight middle of the road. Half the tracks on here (Kanye or no Kanye) would be fillers AT BEST on those records.
If we compare Be to the monumentally atrocious "experiment" that was Electric Circus, it's an instant classic. The second coming.
This is where many make the mistake of presuming this is Common's best work, kids who just got up on Common because they heard him on The College Dropout.
But trust me, anyone who knows anything, or remembers the lyrical creativity and cleverness tattooed all over Ressurection, or the soulful vibe that covered Like Water for Chocolate, would look at this album and find Be absolutely and extraordinarily mediocre.
Tracks like Testify and Faithful are perfect examples. The lyrical content is lacking. The creative "twist" at the end of testify is amusing at best. Faithful itself, though I enjoy an allegory as much as the next, fails to carry any sort of punch because of the juvenile theme it tries to push as being "introspective". Tracks like I Used to Love H.E.R. or The Light put tracks like this to shame.
Now you can talk about the tightness of production on this record all you want, and that's fine, but it only boils down to a flashy front that completely lacks substance. I'll admit, the intro/first track (s/t) was an incredible start. I expected big things after this, and picked up instead, only a noticeable decline from that point on.