Dreamer/The Believer

The Dreamer/The Believer

by Common
     
 

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On his ninth studio album, Common reunites with old partner and fellow Chicagoan No I.D., which ensures that the sound will be much different than that of the MC's previous set, the Neptunes-dominated Universal Mind Control. Indeed, compounds of dusty soul samples and organic

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On his ninth studio album, Common reunites with old partner and fellow Chicagoan No I.D., which ensures that the sound will be much different than that of the MC's previous set, the Neptunes-dominated Universal Mind Control. Indeed, compounds of dusty soul samples and organic instrumentation are in place of candy-coated synthesizers and pattering hand percussion. That change naturally pushes Common into deeper, more contemplative, and wistful frames of mind, and he takes an extra step by bookending the album with typically purposeful appearances from Maya Angelou and his father (the latter of which is absolutely riveting). The best moments are bathed in a warm radiance that fosters a comforting, uplifting mood -- intensified by hooks from James Fauntleroy II and samples of the Impressions, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Graham Central Station, and gospel Kenny Loggins -- that recalls 2005's Be. "Gold" is particularly vivid, where he crams a post-birth visit from "three wise men," trips to France and Sybaris (rhymed with syphilis), and references to Hot Tub Time Machine and "Stan." However, the content isn't exclusively cerebral, uplifting, and/or surreal. On "Ghetto Dreams," the track that incongruently follows Angelou's appearance, Common opens with "I wanna bitch that look good and cook good" and elaborates with "buck naked in the kitchen flippin' pancakes." There's also the caustic "Sweet," where the MC seemingly slips into character to enhance fiery rhymes with enraged goading. Tracks like those add variety yet come close to polluting the remainder. That's a no-win situation for him, really; without those tracks, Common would have been accused by some rap fans, once more, of being too soft.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/20/2011
Label:
Think Common
UPC:
0093624953883
catalogNumber:
529038
Rank:
155482

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Performance Credits

Common   Primary Artist
James Poyser   Keyboards
Kevin Randolph   Keyboards
Makeba Riddick   Vocals
Matt Morris   Vocals
John Legend   Vocals
James Fauntleroy   Vocals
Steve Wyreman   Bass,Guitar,Wurlitzer
Kaye Fox   Vocals
Sam Lewis   Vocals
Twilight Tone   scratching
Omoye   Vocals
Hannah Sidibe   Vocals
Derek Hodge   Bass

Technical Credits

Percy Mayfield   Composer
Kenny Loggins   Composer
Jeff Lynne   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Bob James   Composer
Larry Graham   Composer
Eddie Hazel   Composer
Maya Angelou   Composer,Poetry
George Clinton   Composer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer
No I.D.   Producer,Executive Producer
Danny Zook   Sample Clearance
Common   Executive Producer
Todd Sullivan   Sample Clearance
Derek Dudley   Executive Producer,Management
Makeba Riddick   Composer
Jason Agel   Engineer
Lonnie Lynn   Composer,Poetry
James Fauntleroy   Composer
Rob Kinelski   Engineer
Steve Wyreman   Composer
J. Stephens   Composer
D. Burton   Composer
Mike Chavez   Executive Producer
Omar Loya   Engineer
Cara Lewis   Booking
Chris Time Steele   Vocal Engineer
Hannah Sidibe   Composer

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