The Outsider - DJ Shadow
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  • Summary: Following acclaimed, sample-driven efforts 'Endtroducing' and 'The Private Press,' 'The Outsider' detours DJ Shadow into more conventional hip-hop, with rappers such as David Banner and Q-Tip guesting.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. Contrary to the way he's been perceived, Shadow has never been anything other than passionate about hip hop, and "The Outsider" is his love letter to the genre, revelling in all its myriad excesses.
  2. This is a fascinating record that will initially bewilder, but rewards repeated listens.
  3. As ever, The Outsider's production is immaculate. But by frontloading the album with forbidding hip hop, [Shadow] knows he's driving away the floating voter. [Sep 2006, p.106]
  4. While it’s a bit hit and miss, the sheer bullishness of this album is impressive.
  5. 60
    Where Shadow ultimately sutmbles is on the britpop tip. [Oct 2006, p.116]
  6. This album should alienate virtually everyone who's ever been a Shadow fan.
  7. Great ideas abound--it’s just that they stumble on their face.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 34
  2. Negative: 18 out of 34
  1. Aug 8, 2014
    4
    This is DJ Shadow's first bad album. He was going for a San Francisco-based "hyphy" sound with the hip-hop tracks. However, he should have chosen better guest emcees (E-40, Q-Tip, and Lateef the Truth Speaker are good though). I know that Shadow wanted to make this album hip-hop-centric, but I also know he could have made way better beats than these. Even the non-hip-hop tracks are not very good and, in come cases, laughably corny. This album is occasionally enjoyable, but I strongly suggest listening to earlier Shadow material over this! Expand

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