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Electric Circus [Bonus DVD]
     

Electric Circus [Bonus DVD]

by Common
 

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Firmly out of the underground by the time Electric Circus came out in late 2002, Common takes the vision to the next level, employing high-profile producers ?uestlove, Dilla (Jay Dee), and the Neptunes. It's no surprise that the ?uestlove tracks push the most unclaimed territory. The Roots

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Firmly out of the underground by the time Electric Circus came out in late 2002, Common takes the vision to the next level, employing high-profile producers ?uestlove, Dilla (Jay Dee), and the Neptunes. It's no surprise that the ?uestlove tracks push the most unclaimed territory. The Roots' Phrenology record, which appeared concurrent with Electric Circus, also flips the script on preconceived notions of beats and rhymes. Frequently the new sound on both records is pushed into a strange, sometimes aggressive, blunted rock/soul hybrid that still pulls the line for able-bodied MCs. Then there's also the Neptunes' tracks here, which are perfectly suited for MTV and urban radio. The Mary J. Blige duet, "Come Close," is a slow-paced dialogue between Common and Blige that borders on typical, but will still find a great number of fans. "Electric Wire Hustler Flower" is the true centerpiece of the record, though -- another ?uestlove jam, the song is tough but sensitive enough to maintain the layers of rhythm, rhyme, and abstraction. Electric Circus does suffer from that which ails many contemporary hip-hop albums -- too many guests (including a strange appearance by Laetitia Sadier [Stereolab]) and a generally lengthy program drag this one down a tad. Nonetheless, Electric Circus

Product Details

Release Date:
02/11/2003
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0008811321406
catalogNumber:
113214

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Performance Credits

Common   Primary Artist
Prince   Guitar,Keyboards
Mary J. Blige   Background Vocals
Jef Lee Johnson   Guitar
Pino Palladino   Bass
Nicholas Payton   Trumpet
James Poyser   Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Hand Clapping
Greg Tardy   Cornet
?uestlove   Drums,Hand Clapping
Tye Tribbett & G.A.   Background Vocals
Pharrell Williams   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jeff Chestek   Engineer
Marie Daulne   Composer
Timothy Day   Engineer
Larry Gold   String Arrangements
Jef Lee Johnson   Composer,Producer
Pino Palladino   Composer,Producer
James Poyser   Composer,Producer
Steve Russell   Engineer
Laetitia Sadier   Composer
Vinia Mojica   Composer
Anthony Bell   Engineer
Todd Fairall   Engineer
Josh Butler   Engineer
Karriem Riggins   Composer,Producer
?uestlove   Producer
Pharrell Williams   Composer
Steve Mandel   Engineer
Chad Hugo   Composer
Mike Tocci   Engineer
Jill Scott   Composer
Andrew Coleman   Engineer
Ryan Moys   Engineer
Bilal Oliver   Composer
Thomas Callaway   Composer
Lonnie Lynn   Composer
James Yancey   Composer

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