A Beautiful Revolution, Pt. 2

Common - A Beautiful Revolution, Pt. 2
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2021 Ratings: #537 / 753
User Score
Based on 119 ratings
2021 Rank: #795
Liked by 5 people
September 10, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Loma Vista / Label
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Common past his prime - wait, no - Common *past his* past his prime outdid Kanye and Drake looool. A little better then the project before it, the grooves are groovier and the music is a bit more fun to pay attention to and follow along with. Always nice to see one of the older legends show they still got it, that stretch from A Beautiful Chicago Kid to Majesty was absolutely lovely.


I like the more upbeat live jazz feel, but overall this series is a letdown. I havent been impressed with a Common record since the excellent return to form, Black America Again. This is easily one of his weakest albums to date, it feels lyrically inconsequential, uninspired and sonically all-over-the-place.


I think the idea for the album was good but the execution was lacking. Leading up to the album Common said this about it “ The spirit of the album was meant to emulate what a greater day would sound and feel like. We were in the midst of some tough political and socially challenging times. There was still hurt, anger and pain lingering, so I was thinking, ‘what is the next step in this revolution?’ I thought about what being still in these times had brought me and that was a ... read more


Tracklist Rating
1. Intro (Push Out The Noise): N/A
2. A Beautiful Chicago Kid: 7/10
3. When We Move: 7.5/10
4. Set It Free: 6.5/10
5. Majesty (Where We Gonna Take It): 7/10
6. Poetry: 6/10
7. Saving Grace: 6/10
8. Star Of The Gang: 6.5/10
9. Imagine: 7.5/10
10. Get It Right: 7/10
11. OUTRO (Exclamation Point): N/A

Best Song: When We Move
Worst Song: Saving Grace



Not as great as the first part but still very solid performance. Common delivers 30 years into the game, still evolving and creating pleasing hip hop music.


A lot of the production is bare and relies on the same sets of instruments for nearly the entire album, but the political potency of this project keeps it intriguing and beautiful. Although, I will admit Common's lyrics and flow are occasionally boring and slow, even on songs I consider great.

Top Tracks: A Beautiful Chicago Kid, When We Move, Majesty (Where We Gonna Take It), Poetry, Star Of The Gang, Imagine, Get It Right, OUTRO (Exclamation Point)

Bottom Tracks: Saving Grace

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Added on: August 17, 2021