Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. The overall effect is less grand than that of Endtroducing six years ago, popper and rocker and r&ber. But an overall effect there is, grounded in Shadow's trademark-tremendous bass 'n' drum.
  2. Few approach this style of record making with as much playfulness and gravity.
  3. The depth of his production sense and the breadth of his stylistic palette prove just as astonishing the second time out.
  4. The Private Press is a more diverse collection of styles and sounds, and still surpasses anything else out there.
  5. 90
    With The Private Press DJ Shadow ups even his own considerable ante. [May 2002, p.96]
  6. The Private Press does not break ground like Endtroducing... did, but it showcases a wiser, more versatile Shadow, and in many ways it is a better record than its predecessor.
  7. In essence, it's a younger, fitter and infinitely hipper version of what Moby is doing.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. May 7, 2011
    10
    Don't hesitate to buy this amazing DJ Shadow album. It may never be as great as "Endtroducing", but it still blew me away. His talent toDon't hesitate to buy this amazing DJ Shadow album. It may never be as great as "Endtroducing", but it still blew me away. His talent to sample music from other artists and make them his own is amazing. He flawlessly creates beautiful songs that flow together wonderfully in this album. The songs that I would recommend are "Fixed Income", "Giving Up The Ghost", "Six Days", "Mogrel...Meets His Maker", Right Thing/GDMFSOB", and "You Can't Go Home Again". Get up from your computer, run down to the the nearest music store, and buy this album! Full Review »
  2. ericm
    Aug 28, 2005
    10
    just get it.
  3. VinnyA
    Aug 18, 2005
    10
    Davis makes pretty much everything on the radio sound idiotic. It's nice to here a real artist evolving and growing instead of pumping Davis makes pretty much everything on the radio sound idiotic. It's nice to here a real artist evolving and growing instead of pumping out the same old thing. The rest of the music industry would do well to embrace musicians whos music can be called art, istead of going for the quick buck song of the week that no will remember or care about three years from now. Shadow stands head and shoulders above the largly unlistenable tripe that MTV proports as Hip-Hop. Music like this develops loyal fallowings that last years beyond the top forty. You won't be dissapointed. Full Review »