Common – Finding Forever

After the victory of Be in 2005, the Chicago duo, Common and Kanye West, is back once again with Finding Forever using similar formula: concise, straightforward and misogyny-free. The different is that the two artists pushed themselves on the previous, but being too comfortable on the current. West’s beats get lazy after the first three cuts (not including the pointless intro) and Common’s storytelling gets dull in third-person narration despite the exceptional “Drivin’ Me Wild.” The only tales of his own are those banal romances in “I Want You,” “So Far to Go” and “Break My Heart.” Is this a sign of an MC turning softer as he gets older? Common sounds like one even when he attempts to spit hard on “Start the Show.”