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Format: CD
Sku: 209027531
UPC: 602517836914
UPC 14: 00602517836914
Release Date: 12/9/2008
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Universal Mind Control (UMC) ~ Common
2. Punch Drunk Love - (featuring Kanye West) ~ Common
3. Make My Day ~ Common
4. Sex 4 Suga ~ Common
5. Announcement - (featuring Pharrell Williams) ~ Common
6. Gladiator ~ Common
7. Changes ~ Common
8. Inhale ~ Common
9. What A World ~ Common
10. Everywhere - (featuring Martina Topley-Bird) ~ Common

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: D.A. Wallach, Kanye West, Martina Topley-Bird (vocals); Maxwell Drummey (guitar); Jeff B., Marvin "Chanz" Parkman (keyboards).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: John Frye; Neil Pogue.
Muze PNote Recording information: Camp David ATL Studios, Atlanta, GA; CRC Studios, Chicago, IL; Derrty Studios, St. Louis, MI; Electric Lady, New York, NY; Encore Studios, Burbank, CA; Fight Club Studios, New York, NY; Legacy Recording Studios, New York, NY; Record Plant Studios, LA; South Beach Studios, Miami, FL.
Muze PNote Introduction by: Joelle Ndiaye.
Muze PNote Photographer: Nabil Elderkin.
Muze PNote Common has done this sort of thing before--namely, coming up with a record so different in tone and musical style it confounds fans and critics alike. The unchecked experimentation on ELECTRIC CIRCUS had his public polarized and left some wondering if Common's future work would be anything like hip-hop. This time around, on his eighth LP, the Chi-town lyricist once again bucks expectations, with 10 tracks of Bambaataa-esque electro courtesy of the Neptunes and Mr. DJ. This is original hip-hop--as Pharrell's "Planet Rock"-inspired hook on the opening title cut should proclaim loud and clear for those old enough to remember. On the lyrical front, Common is as captivating as ever. In between the lusty club-bangers and throw-your-hands-up anthems, he comes correct with a lofty, extended-metaphor take on the Obama era ("Changes") and an inspired homage to Biggie ("Announcement (Sped Up)"), where he and Pharrell rework some of the notorious one's most memorable lines.

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Kanye West
Muze Guest Artist Cee-Lo Green
Muze Guest Artist Pharrell Williams
Muze Guest Artist Muhsinah
Muze Guest Artist Martina Topley-Bird
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Common - Universal Mind Control - CD Review
By: Jordan Richardson Reviews
Published on: 1/13/2009 6:54 AM
Common’s Universal Mind Control is the consequence of one of hip-hop’s truly intellectual minds listening to one too many Will Smith records. Designed for the summer but released in December 2008, Common’s eighth record is an odd compilation of Neptunes-produced the full review

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Associated Artists and Works

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

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 12/09/2008
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2008
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : B-001198602
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 : 00602517836914

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.94)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "[R]ap's deep thinker wanted to make club bangers. So he got the Neptunes to shape this sexed-up set."

Spin (p.102)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Common dazzles with the back-to-the-future motif 'What a World'....UNIVERSAL MIND is primarily a a rhythmic celebration, paying tribute to Afrika Bambaataa and Jonzun Crew jams."

Billboard (p.45)
- "'Announcement' benefits from a slinky beat that lets the MC breathe....'Gladiator' is a great old-school brag rhyme..."

XXL (Magazine)
- "Promptly starting the party, Common spaces out to futuristic synths on the lively title track, a frantic, genre-blurring adrenaline rush..."

Mojo (Publisher)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "Cee-Lo collaboration 'Make My Day' is winningly dreamy, and both mixes of Kanye-duet 'Punch Drunk Love' 'make for fine, treacly bedroom music."

Product Attributes

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