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Electric Circus

Common Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 Dec 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B00007JGOO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,837 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Ferris Wheel (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Vinia Mojica] 2:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Soul Power (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Aquarius (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Bilal] 5:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Electric Wire Hustle Flower (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Sunny] 5:280.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Hustle (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Omar] 4:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Come Close (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Mary J. Blige] 4:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. New Wave (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Laetitia Sadier] 5:080.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Star * 69 (PS With Love) (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Bilal] 5:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. I Got A Right Ta (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Pharrell Williams] 4:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Between Me, You & Liberation (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Cee-Lo] 6:230.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. I Am Music (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Jill Scott] 5:120.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Jimi Was A Rock Star (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Erykah Badu] 8:410.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Heaven Somewhere (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Omar Lye-Fook]10:24Album Only
Listen14. The Light (International Radio Edit) 3:540.79  Buy MP3 

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Rock & roll has grabbed Common by the neck and given him a good shake. With its heavy, multi-layered sound, Electric Circus is steeped in the Chicago-born and Brooklyn-based rapper's newfound love for Pink Floyd, Traffic and, above all, Jimi Hendrix. But, like many new converts to anything, Common goes a little off the deep end. His ambitious quest to expand the boundaries of hip-hop is crammed to the gills with a thousand motifs and is a little too busy to be a complete success. Perhaps not surprisingly, Common's rhymes (sample lyric: "my mind screams like Al Green to stay together!") take a distant second place to the complex musical landscape he's fashioned. In addition, a sidereal array of vocalists (including Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier, Mary J Blige, Jill Scott, Cee-lo, Bilal and Common's main squeeze, Erykah Badu) and musicians (Prince, Bobbi Humphrey, Nicholas Payton) add to the sonic density. All in all, Electric Circus mightn't strike the universal chord that Common sought, but it's a bold, elaborate project that's definitely worth a listen. --Rebecca Levine

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It does make sense... 31 Aug 2003
Format:Audio CD
Being a big fan of his previous work i was expecting a CD in a very similar vain. Reading the comments from other users it did seem as if this album would be slightly different - but i figured it would inevitably just be slightly funkier.
Upon looking at the CC it becomes immediately apparent that he has collaborated with pretty much anyone of note on the album - Erykah Badu, Mary J Blige, Omar and Bilal just to name a few. And its pretty much every track.
First listen of the album and the reaction was 'what the hell?' I pretty much hated it. One or 2 tracks did stand out (most notable track 10) but apart from that it just sounded over produced with far too much going on in each song and definitely a huge step away from his previous efforts of chilled out beats and stunning lyrics. I was very disappointed and put it to one side.
But i felt it deserved another airing last week and threw it in the car .. once again i didnt like it much .. but rather then skipping forward to the next track i persevered with each track in turn. It was then i discovered how amazing the album is.
To put such an album together with such a variety of sounds, collaborators and tunes really takes a special person - COmmon is that person. The album is still a mix of style - but thats good. We have become conditioned to listening to one type of album .. to throw it all out fo the window and try several different styles on one album is really brave - but it works ... and works well.
So in short buy the album and listen to it a few times .. and as always with Common - its all about the lyrics.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncommonly Good 25 April 2003
By Danfish
Format:Audio CD
"Hip Hop is changing" notes Chicago-based jazz hop maestro Common on his fifth album.
Which is ironic, really.
Because anyone with two ears and a functioning brain will tell that besides the likes of the Roots, RJD2 and the man himself, hip hop ain't going nowhere. However, is a different kettle of makerel altogether.
Some people have called this album 'ground breaking'; claiming that it will pave the way for a new, more experimental phase in rap.
It won't.
Because where Common is going, can't nobody follow.
Need proof? Check out 'Electric Wire' (featuring Sonny from God-bothering beefcake rockers POD) for instance. It's abrasive, dangerous and utterly, utterly unique. In fact, my first instinct when I heard it was to turn it off (I was on a crowded train and it made me suddenly became worried that we had crashed - we hadn't). Limp Bizkit and their nu metal underlings can push the rap-rock envelope as much as they want, but 'Electric Wire' is the closest hip hop has ever got to capturing the malevolent spirit of heavy rock.
Likewise, the more commercial tracks such as the stunning/silly 'New Wave' (featuring Laetitia from indie band Stereolab) and 'I Got a Right Ta' just don't sound like anything else anybody has made before, or anything anybody will ever be able to succesfully imitate. The latter track is produced by the Neptunes.
Likewise, in anyone else's hands 'I Love Music' (featuring Jill Scott) would be the absurd track ever recorded. With its jaunty trumpet patterns and lindy hopping rhythm it defies comparison. It sounds kind of like a hip hop version of King Louie's 'I Wanna Be Like You' from Jungle Book. This is a good thing.
They say there's a fine line between madness and genius.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
For the followup to 'Like Water For Chocolate' Common has teamed up with The Soulquarians again and they prove to be a winning team again.
'Electric Circus' sounds nothing like LWFC. It still has the same soul in it but Common & Co. added a lot of psycedelic influences in it. The result is an eclectic album that is inspired by a lot of old music but still sounds modern and inovative at the same time.
The biggest surprise of the album is 'Electric Wire Hustler Flower' wich features members from the NuMetal-unit P.O.D.: somehow this unusual and, lets just face it, discouraging combination proves to be one of the best tracks on the album.
This may not be everyone's cup of tea but 'Electric Circus' is one of those albums that shows how much unexplored teritory there still is in Hip Hop.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unCommon album 16 Dec 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Okay, this is a fantastic hip-hop album. But that's what it is - a hip-hop album. While Amazon, as well as others, have characterized Electric Circus as some sort of genre-bending novelty, it is not. It is what hip-hop should be.
It's original, yes. It's got some guitar chords thrown in there and it gets a little spacey at times (not in a boring way), but at its core it is a hip-hop album. Thumping beats, Common's impeccable rhymes and, like I said, the fact that it doesn't sound like everything else out there earn it an easy five stars.
Along with The Roots' Phrenology, Hi-Tek's Hiteknology, Talib Kweli's High Quality and Slum Village's Trinity albums (guess there's an odd theme of albums ending in "y"), this ranks in the top five hip-hop albums of 2002. I just bought it a couple of days ago, so right now I'd put it number one, but I get euphoric about these things.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ground breaking! 15 Jan 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album is ground breaking in the same way that "3 feet high and rising" and "It takes a nation of millions..." were. As other reviewers have pointed out it IS hip hop...just not contemporary hip hop as we know it ( ie. spiritually arrid, vacuous, mass produced tosh like Nelly!). This experimentation is the very basis of hip hop:-think flash and bam claiming Kraftwerk and the stones and re-contextualising it in the South Bronx!
This lp mixes sex and spirituality in a way seldom seen since Prince dropped "Sign Of The Times". I would be unsurprised if people slept on this lp as it is contrary to the blandness of nearly everything else out there.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good album
Some of commons best work, this and like water for chocolate are some of his best albums. I recommend it
Published 13 months ago by Nick
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece
This has to be the most underated hip hop album of all time definatley the most musical hip hop album of all time and definatly Commons second most lyrical album of all well since... Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2008 by Mr. Greg Cookman
4.0 out of 5 stars Rap, Rock & Soul
Common is always been one of the most respected MC's in the Hip-Hop world not only are his beats r fresh and daring he's music also touches on real subjects such as racism and... Read more
Published on 23 April 2005 by Phill
4.0 out of 5 stars All the greats
I can see this album has mixed reviews but when I saw the tracklisting and saw who was on it I knew it was worth buying. Read more
Published on 9 Nov 2003 by Soul Queen P
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS NOW!
You really need this album, check it out, then buy it and make sure that you get the Roots latest album too.
Published on 14 July 2003 by Leon
3.0 out of 5 stars THE CIRCUS HAS LEFT TOWN
Published on 3 May 2003 by KELLY
2.0 out of 5 stars What happened to Common?
Have I been listening to the same album as the other reviewers? Common, the greatest MC, has clearly lost sight of what Hip-Hop is all about. Read more
Published on 29 April 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Amazing
Oh my days! This album is what Hip Hop has been missin for the longest! Im talkin about true music! Common has always been a man wid skills on the Mic. Read more
Published on 22 Dec 2002 by M. Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars An unCommon album
Okay, this is a fantastic hip-hop album. But that's what it is - a hip-hop album. While Amazon, as well as others, have characterized Electric Circus as some sort of genre-bending... Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2002
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