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|Original Title: Finding Forever. Format: CD. Artist: Common. Language: English. Genre: Hip-Hop. Satisfaction ensured. Huge selection to choose from. High quality components. Get the most out of your audio/video system.|
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Personnel: will.i.am (vocals); Chillz (spoken vocals); String Quartet Teldex (strings); Rhea Williams, Dwele, Bilal (background vocals); Lonnie Lynn (vocals); Brandee Younger (harp); Monique Spencer, Edith Dawn Yorkley, Margherita Biederbick, Laura Rajanen (violin); Dawntanya Smith, Hannah Kelin (viola); Alana E. Bennett, Zo? Cartier (cello); Omar Edwards (flute, keyboards, synthesizer); James Poyser (keyboards); Derrick Hodge (electric bass); Karriem Riggins (drums, percussion); DJ Premier (scratches).|
|Additional personnel: Lily Allen, D'Angelo.|
|Audio Mixers: Andrew Dawson; Dylan Dresdow; Jimmy Douglas; Mike Dean .|
|Recording information: Avex Studios, Honolulu, HI; Brandon's Way Studio, Los Angeles, CA; Chung King Studios; D&D Studios, New York, NY; Roundhead Studios, Auckland, New Zealand; Sing Sing Recording Studios, Melbourne, Australia; Sono Studios, Prague, Czech Republic; Sony Studios, New York, NY; Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany; The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA.|
|Illustrator: Nigel Evan Dennis.|
|Photographer: Nabil Elderkin.|
|Chicago's finest returns with his seventh full-length, FINDING FOREVER--a title that, in Common's words, refers to an effort to find that musical place where one can exist forever. Production comes primarily from Kanye West, and, as on BE (Common and Kanye's previous effort together), FINDING FOREVER utilizes samples from such diverse artists as Nina Simone, Bob James, Stevie Wonder, Gil Scott-Heron, Mountain, Dorothy Ashby, and Paul Simon to create a purer, soul-influenced hip-hop sound. Lyrically, Common is in the same place as ever, spreading positivity and spirituality, speaking on relationships and the ghetto struggle, and preaching love as the central message. The artist formerly known as Sense also utilizes topical media references ranging from the astronaut love-triangle incident of '07 to contemporaneous celebrity breakups. Supplemental production work comes courtesy of Karriem Riggins, Will.i.am, Devo Springsteen, and the late, great J. Dilla. Other guests include Lily Allen, Bilal, Dwele, D'Angelo, and DJ Premier (who provides scratches on "The Game"). Compelling and entertaining from start to finish, FINDING FOREVER is another triumph for one of the strongest purveyors of positive hip-hop.|
Producer: Kanye West; DILLA; Derrick Hodge; Will.I.Am; Karriem Riggins; James Poyser; Derrick Hodge; Will.I.Am; Kanye West; Karriem Riggins; James Poyser; Devo Springsteen; DILLA
Engineer: Will.I.Am; Neil Baldock; Anthony Kilhoffer; Andrew Dawson; Phil Strong; Brian "B. Kyle" Atkins
Common - Finding Forever - CD Review
By: Mike D'Orazio Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 8/2/2007 8:03 AM
|The title Finding Forever, is the quest to make “forever music,” according to Com. He says the album's title "really means to find a place in music where you can exist forever.”
“I’m becoming more confident in who I am as a person, as a man,” Common said. “And I think, too, that at a certain point you just got to be like, ‘Man, I’m just going to make some music that feels good....read the full review
Associated Artists and Works
|King [PA] [Limited] ~ T.I.|
|Release Date : 07/31/2007|
|Original Release Date : 2007|
|Catalog ID : B-000938202|
|Label : Geffen|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00602517321939|
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[With] charged-up beats, R&B hooks, gospel singers and other warm, vibrant stuff."
- Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Top Albums of the Year 2007".
- 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "FOREVER is livelier, grittier, and better....Best of all are 'The Game'...and 'Southside,' on which Common and Kanye West trade witty verses over intense electric guitars."
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "There are smart samples and interpolations, and big guests like Bilal, D'Angelo and Dwele."
- "FOREVER captures Common maturing gracefully into his -- and hip hop's -- middle-age..."
- Ranked #36 in Q's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2007" -- "2007's real hip-hop star was Common."
Customer Reviews of Finding Forever(Explicit Version)
Loved It ..11/20/2007
I like commons flow so I wasn't surprised that this was a good album one you can listen to all the way through, s*** I bump this is my car everyday.....If you don't like common don't buy the cd, but if you do then this is a good cd for you. If you like that old school/new school vibe you'll love it as well....Love this album...Much Luv too Common