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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. The Outsider screams to be downloaded in sections by fans of specific genres.
  2. 80
    As brave as it is diverse. [Oct 2006, p.104]
  3. Aside from track sequencing issues... and dodgy indie geezers, 'The Outsider' is a great album and well worth the wait.
  4. 60
    Slinging new styles and innovating them are separate matters. [Oct 2006, p.100]
  5. While the hyphy tracks might scare some people off, they are the record's undoubted highlights.
  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. jONb
    Sep 29, 2006
    10
    This album is amazing! and easily stands beside anything that DJ Shadow has ever done... Unfortunately close-minded fans of only certain This album is amazing! and easily stands beside anything that DJ Shadow has ever done... Unfortunately close-minded fans of only certain genres of music will probably not be able to follow the master through the full extent of his journeys. They'll wind up hating on this album, but truly only revealing their own ignorance... Too bad, DJ Shadow has left you in his dust! In short... a truly killer and visionary work... Don't miss it cause of all the haters! Expand
  2. clump
    Sep 30, 2006
    9
    A lot of people is sad and even aggresive - because this album differs from their expectations and rigid perception of music or what... I A lot of people is sad and even aggresive - because this album differs from their expectations and rigid perception of music or what... I feel sorry for all of those bitching about The Outsider, because it's a really good album. The problem seems to be only in their minds, not in the music. This is very colorful record, entertaining and diverse, fully reflecting Shadow's broad approach to the music. We all know he likes funk, strange hiphop, triphop, that he has been influenced by working with UNKLE and so on... All of this and a lot more is reflected here and for me - this is true DJ Shadow. All those moaners should take a shower, wake up, have a spliff and enjoy this for what it is - piece of really great music, just not respecting the barriers between the genres. Expand
  3. Scott
    Sep 21, 2006
    8
    While not Davis' best work, there is something here for everyone. And if you enjoy genre hopping like I do, you might enjoy the whole While not Davis' best work, there is something here for everyone. And if you enjoy genre hopping like I do, you might enjoy the whole thing. Solid production throughout. Expand
  4. KidA
    Nov 23, 2006
    3
    definitely not worth the wait he better come out with something much better next time
  5. TylerT
    Sep 19, 2006
    2
    I live for shadow, and this hurts my ears. Trash!
  6. NIklasT
    Sep 26, 2006
    1
    i loved endtroducing, the product placement mix tapes, the private press, in tune and on time.. endtroducing is one of my favourite albums i loved endtroducing, the product placement mix tapes, the private press, in tune and on time.. endtroducing is one of my favourite albums all time..and i really listen to a damn lot of music and artists. this album is such a disappointment...if the beats on the rap tracks were at least any good.. Expand
  7. JoshJ
    Sep 14, 2006
    0
    I don't get any of the hyphy stuff on this record, I hope Josh doesn't make another record. Stick to spinning records at clubs, Josh.

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