Picks and Pans Review: Common

UPDATED 12/22/2008 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 12/22/2008 at 01:00 AM EST

Universal Mind Control

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Common has always been able to move minds with his socially conscious rap, but now he's concerned about moving booties. While the club-ready results (with most beats by the Neptunes) don't match the inspired—and inspiring—heights of 2005's Be or 2007's Finding Forever, it's nice to hear Common cut loose and have some fun. But "Changes" shows he's still got more going on in his head.

DOWNLOAD THIS: "Universal Mind Control (UMC)," a "Planet Rock"-esque electro jam

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