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Learn more about Finding Forever(Explicit Version):

Format: CD
Sku: 204940392
UPC: 602517321939
UPC 14: 00602517321939
Release Date: 7/31/2007
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Intro ~ Common
2. Start The Show ~ Common
3. People, The ~ Common
4. Drivin' Me Wild ~ Common
5. I Want You ~ Common
6. Southside ~ Common
7. Game, The ~ Common
8. U, Black Maybe ~ Common
9. So Far to Go ~ Common
10. Break My Heart ~ Common
11. Misunderstood ~ Common
12. Forever Begins ~ Common
 
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.

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Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: will.i.am (vocals); Chillz (spoken vocals); String Quartet Teldex (strings); James Payser (keyboards); 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).
Muze PNote Additional personnel: Lily Allen, D'Angelo, Kanye West .
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Andrew Dawson; Dylan Dresdow; Jimmy Douglas; Mike Dean .
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote Author: Common.
Muze PNote Illustrator: Nigel Evan Dennis.
Muze PNote Photographer: Nabil Elderkin.
Muze PNote 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
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review 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

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Stakes Is High
Muze Music Compilations Musical Massacre (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Roots Come Alive (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Fight To Win
Muze Music Compilations Brown Sugar
Muze Music Compilations College Dropout (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations College Dropout (Clean)
Muze Music Compilations Ancestry In Progress
Muze Music Compilations Beautiful Struggle
Muze Music Compilations Beautiful Struggle (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Late Registration
Muze Music Compilations Late Registration (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations 2k6 Tracks
Muze Music Compilations Flo'ology
Muze Music Compilations Rising Tied (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Rising Tied (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Home Grown Guide To Understanding V1(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations King (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations My Homies Part 2
Muze Music Compilations 1st Born Second (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Freedom Writers
Muze Music Compilations Introducing Joss Stone
Muze Music Compilations Rising Down
Muze Music Compilations Rising Down(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations LAX(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations LAX(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations LAX (Clean)
Muze Music Compilations LAX (Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Theater Of The Mind(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Change Is Now: Renewing America's Promise
Muze Music Compilations Lines Vines And Trying Times
Muze Music Compilations Man On The Moon:End Of Day (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Go:best Of Common(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Quality Street Music(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Good Music Cruel Summer(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Jesus Piece
Muze Music Compilations Jesus Piece(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Jesus Piece(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Black Radio Volume 2
Muze Music Compilations VH1 LOVE HIP HOP:MUSIC (OST)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Vh1 Love & Hip Hop:music (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Playlist:very Best Of Common
Muze Music Compilations Playlist:very Best Of Common
Muze Music Compilations GRIND DATE(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Dave Chapelle's Block Party / O.s.t. (Cln)
Muze Music Compilations Jill Scott Collaborations
Muze Music Compilations Freedom Writers (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations PRHYME(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 2K6 TRACKS(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 2K6 TRACKS(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Sunset Blvd

Associated Artists and Works

T.I.
King [PA] [Limited] ~ T.I.

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/31/2007
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2007
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : B-000938202
Music Label Name Label : Geffen
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602517321939

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.90)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[With] charged-up beats, R&B hooks, gospel singers and other warm, vibrant stuff."

Rolling Stone (p.110)
- Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Top Albums of the Year 2007".

Spin (p.101)
- 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."

Uncut (p.84)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "There are smart samples and interpolations, and big guests like Bilal, D'Angelo and Dwele."

Vibe (p.73)
- "FOREVER captures Common maturing gracefully into his -- and hip hop's -- middle-age..."

Q (Magazine)
(p.76)
- Ranked #36 in Q's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2007" -- "2007's real hip-hop star was Common."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Common
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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