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 peace beyond understanding, a greater love for self, a closer connection with God, and more appreciation for my family, friends and the simple things in life.”
I don’t really hear any of that in this project. It’s just another Common album for me, and one of his weaker ones at that. Structurally and Sonically it’s all too similar to the first “A Beautiful Revolution” album.
I think he played it too safe. It’s not a bad project, but i think i’ll completely forget about it in a couple of months.
Light Six /6