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 love. Electric Circus is Common's 5th studio album which is hes most experimental and also features a all star cast which includes Erykah Badu, Omar, Bilal, Jill Scott, Cee-Lo, Pharrell & Zap Mama.This is probably my favourite Common album (second being Like Water For Chocolate..obviously). 1.Ferris Wheel (Featuring Marie Daulne & Vinia Mojica Of Zap Mama) - A really strange intro it's very Zap Mama with its cool African/Mother Earth feel 10/10 2.Soul Power - Goes right into this song its more of a freestyle than a real track its not my favourite but he delievers a really great rhyme though it just doesnt grab me like the rest 7/10 3.Aquarius (Featuring Bilal & Erykah Badu) - This a really beautiful song you can definatly hear the Hendrix influences on this one with help on the chorus from the magnificent Bilal & the ever-beautiful Erykah Badu this could have been a single 10/10 4.Electric Wire Hustler Flower (Featuring Sunny Of P.O.D) - This is the worst song on the album its too experimental i really can't stand it 2/10 5.The Hustle (Featuring Dartz Chillz & Omar) - The beat is a bit like J:Lo's "Play" this song is really cool i like the chorus and Dartz Chillz is a really good rapper this song is surprisingly funky 9/10 6.Come Close (Featuring Mary J Blige) - This is one of the most beautiful love songs ive ever heard obviously dedicated to Ms Badu. With the help from the queen of hip-hop soul Mary J Blige this song never ever gets boring i can't stress how much i love it!.If angels made music this would be their influence this was a Neptunes produced track as well which i was surprised 'coz its so mellow and beautiful 10/10 7.New Wave (Featuring Laetitia Sadier Of StereoLab) - This has got a spooky vibe to it with the organ in the background Ms Sadier does a nice job delievering a nice chorus in French 8/10 8.Star 69 (P.S With Love)(Featuring Bilal) - Another song dedicated to Erykah but this time its with Bilal (dont u just love hes voice) 7/10 9.I Got A Right Ta (Featuring Pharrell Williams) - This song really annoys me i only like Pharrell's parts Common doesnt deliever on this track 4/10 10.Between Me, You & Liberation (Featuring Cee-Lo)- This song is a deep one you gotta listen to the lyrics carefully its one of the albums highlights 10/10 11.I Am Music (Featuring Jill Scott)- I have no idea why this wasn't a single this would have done well with the vocal stylings of everyones favourite soul vocalist Jill Scott its funky and soulful Common really delievers on this track its one of the best tracks on the albums 10/10 12.Jimi Was A Rock Star (Featuring Erykah Badu) - At first the song took me a while to like it but i got Common's vibe and where he was comin from on this track.It pays homage to the guitar legend Jimi Hendrix its one of the coolest tracks on the album 10/10 13.Heaven Somewhere (Featuring Omar, Cee-Lo, Bilal, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott & Mary J Blige ) - It starts off with Common tellin us about a friend he knew that got mixed up in some business then from the impression i get from the song the rest of the artists give their interpretation of what Heaven is. This song IS heaven if you love all the artists on the song a really beautiful way to end the album. Jill Scott's part is off the chain!!!! 10/10 Top 5 1.Come Close 2.Heaven Somewhere 3.I am Music 4.Aquarius 5.Between Me, You & Liberation/Jimi Was A Rock Star This album is a definatly must have i suggust if you like all the artists featured and like bold and experimental music that you go anf buy this
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