Common-Black America Again (2016)

My Rating: 67% (C+)

Pitchfork Rating: 79%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 88%

Average Rating: 78%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Joy And Peace
  2. Home
  3. Word From Moe Luv Interlude
  4. Black America Again
  5. Love Star
  6. On A Whim Interlude
  7. Red Wine
  8. Pyramids
  9. A Moment In The Sun Interlude
  10. Unfamiliar
  11. A Bigger Picture Called Free
  12. The Day Women Took Over
  13. Rain
  14. Little Chicago Boy
  15. Letter To The Free

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Mad at the way things are going and want a positive voice to share your frustrations.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s really great, really original.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not really.

Final Thoughts:

Black America Again is an obviously politically charged album with a lot to offer to those of us fed up with the system, but it’s not as epic as one would hope. There are a few really great tracks to sink (Red Wine and Letter To The Free being standouts for me). But as far as albums that will have any lasting impression I don’t think this will be one of them. The album is filled with a lot of dead space which makes it difficult to find its theme, especially when you really want some biting lyrics from Common. He performs admirably and passionately as is to expected from him, but it’s more of the same, not an album that necessarily stands out as either his crown jewel or a major misstep, it’s just another addition to his discography that I’m happy to have, but not writing home about.

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