Common: Universal Mind Control

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Common: <em>Universal Mind Control</em>
Brain drainOn Universal Mind Control, his eighth studio album, Common opts for a frustrating fusion of Daft Punk-lite electronica and sexually-charged fluff.Be

"Make My Day" is a bubbly, if brainless, duet with Cee-Lo Green, and spaced-out chanteuse Martina Topley-Bird closes the album on one of its few high notes with "Everywhere." UMC plays at a coherent message on "Changes," a salute to Barack Obama that feels like an exercise in covering bases after a half hour of slumming. Common’s inability to sound sincere about a man he spent two years championing is the most telling part of this consciously shallow caricature of hip-hop’s dregs.