Common Sense's sophomore release established a level of quality from the MC that would carry through to his most innovative albums, LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE and BE. Spare, relaxed, jazz-laden grooves create a context for this Chicago rhymemaster to do what he does best, and in very few places on RESURRECTION do the verses leave listeners wanting. Narratives, metaphors, puns, and dazzling verbal wordplay are on offer throughout.
"I Used to Lover H.E.R.," for example, uses a first-person romance narrative to detail the history of hip-hop, resulting in an extended metaphor that's sophisticated, clever, and delivers a moral message. Common outs himself as an MC with a conscience on tunes like "Nuthin' to Do," which critiques the poor state of many of Chicago's neighborhoods. Thanks in part to Common's intelligent, agile style and scintillating street poetry, and to the album's spare, groovy tracks that owe nothing to trends of the moment, RESURRECTION will still sound smart decades after its release.