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2.0 out of 5 stars No, I just don't get the great reviews here - this album was (not that unfairly) slated on its release, 13 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Common One (Audio CD)
But for the long and enchanting SIE this album qualifies as his most sleep inducing. The other tracks rarely make it past the monotonous, and one or two hit the 'trite' note. Too self consciously 'spiritual', much of the album sounds a little contrived, and not at all inspired.

Overall it's too introspective, repetitive and very dull. That he could still make a haunting melody like SIE in amongst all this is a mark of the man's true quality. However, even this track has a rambling, pseudo literary (yes, pretentious) lyric meandering its way through it, and it is far too long. Common One is an uncommonly dull VM album.
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Initial post: 7 Jan 2011 18:24:13 GMT
All your comments are essentially fair - but all of the facets of the album which you point to as being negative in your opinion (spiritual, introspective, literary, rambling) are the exact reasons why many love Common One so much. Me included. It's certainly an opinion-splitter, but for those who get more from the Celtic / "mystical" aspects of Van's music than from the R&B / soul influences, this is one of his very best (the others, IMO, being "Veedon Fleece" and "Astral Weeks".)

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jul 2014 17:02:16 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Jul 2014 11:54:56 BDT
Costa Rica says:
Veedon Fleece and Astral Weeks are fully realised concepts however and both are acknowledged as true masterworks. Common One has many outstanding moments not least the incredible Haunts Of Ancient Peace. Ultimately however, it meanders for too long and when the tempo changes i.e. 'Satisfied' it only serves to make the album feel disjointed. At least it's an interesting if slightly challenging piece of work. I rank it alongside Inarticulate speech of the heart (equally interesting and challenging).

Posted on 12 Apr 2015 13:04:29 BDT
Deefer says:
Had similar feelings to you when I first heard this many years ago but I absolutely love it now.Perhaps it is an age thing .Put it away and try it again in a few years time. It's a belter, honest.
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