Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Common ft. Marsha Ambrosius – Lovestar

Controversy star…


Alfred Soto: The arrangement has the synthetic squelch ‘n’ bounce of mid ’80s Atlantic Starr and the S.O.S. Band, and I’m delighted the underappreciated Marsha Ambrosius does more than decorate a hook. The star attraction is less Common(place) than he’s been the last half decade too. Will adult R&B radio excise the long sampled-vocal outro?

Will Rivitz: If you’re copying nearly verbatim from “Juicy,” could you at least try to make it less obvious?

Thomas Inskeep: Common: well-meaning but boring as all hell these days. And based on “Lovestar,” he should never ever pen odes to women ever again: “pull your dress up/ain’t nothin’ formal” and “like cousins/tho’ we kissin’ tho'” are just two very unsexy examples. This is like hearing your Dad attempt to talk sexy, and no one wants that.

Jibril Yassin: “I’m the sun god, let me warm you.” How about nah, Common?

Jonathan Bogart: Not to raise the specter of the old man shaking his head at the Young Thugs and Uzi Verts going “back in my day rappers enunciated,” but there’s an immense nostalgic drive to this kind of song, so much so that it almost sounds like a parody of the hippie wave of conscious rap Common popularized in the late 90s, all floating textures and plodding beats and the man’s own stilted, earnest flow. Marsha Ambrosius couldn’t sound bad on a hook if she tried, but even she’s working with very little.

Ramzi Awn: It’s hard to argue with a great mellow hook and a Cayman Islands beat. Not to mention a surprise ending.  

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One Response to “Common ft. Marsha Ambrosius – Lovestar”

  1. Just popping in to say I think PJ is the singer on the chorus/hook (credited on the Spotify version of this song) and Marsha is the one on the middle eight/bridge