CD Review: Common "Nobody's Smiling"

On Common’s tenth studio album, he sets out to extend his cutting-edge legacy, so it’s no surprise that he enlists longtime collaborator Derrick Hodge to lay down the bass grooves.
By Jon D'Auria ,

On Common’s tenth studio album, he sets out to extend his cutting-edge legacy, so it’s no surprise that he enlists longtime collaborator Derrick Hodge to lay down the bass grooves. Hodge rises to the challenge, bringing a soulful, big-bodied line to the neo-soul cut “The Neighborhood” and wreaking havoc with a contorting riff on “Hustle Harder.” On the Motown-inspired “Rewind That,” Hodge does what he’s known for: carrying the track with tasty signature licks.