The Third Hand

User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 22
  2. Negative: 7 out of 22

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  1. DanielD
    Mar 5, 2007
    6
    Being a fan of his previous two records, this album is a bit of a dissapointment. yea ok he pushes the boundries of hip hop and blah blah blah... but taking the songs for what they are, there really isn't much to be excited about.
  2. PrestonT
    Mar 8, 2007
    3
    This album is mediocre at best. On one hand, it's nice to hear him do something different from his previous records, but on the other hand it has to flow well. This style does not work for RJ, and that is very evident on this record. I listened to it several times thinking it would grow on me, but I have not yet had any desire for repeated listening.
  3. MycroftW
    Mar 13, 2007
    5
    It's not as bad as DJ Shadow's last one, but as we were expecting the level of Ghostwriter or Saliva this is quite a dissapointment
  4. YJ
    Mar 25, 2007
    4
    And yet another Brilliant underground Hip-hop star producer who decides that he has enough talent to become a pop songster, turning his back to his previous work: Results: Uninspired songwriting, bad singing, and terribly boring pop songs. It is amazing how sych a brilliant producer can be so deaf to his own shortcomings. Luckily, other brilliant artists like Amon Tobin and Aphex Twin And yet another Brilliant underground Hip-hop star producer who decides that he has enough talent to become a pop songster, turning his back to his previous work: Results: Uninspired songwriting, bad singing, and terribly boring pop songs. It is amazing how sych a brilliant producer can be so deaf to his own shortcomings. Luckily, other brilliant artists like Amon Tobin and Aphex Twin haven't decided to go pop and still stick to what they do best.. let's keep our fingers crossed. Expand
  5. JonL
    Mar 4, 2007
    9
    Very enjoyable. Definitely takes a diversion from his typic hip-hop/electronic routes, and it pays off nicely.
  6. JohnD
    Mar 8, 2007
    1
    First reaction: "Okay, this is different." Second reaction: "I should just give it a chance and judge it on its own merits." Third reaction: "This album sucks."
  7. Aaron
    Mar 9, 2007
    3
    RJD2 is great, but this album is a dreadful re-hash of Beatles-like B-Sides. He should stick to producing and let others do the singing (and playing)
  8. EricC
    Apr 9, 2007
    3
    pretty bad.
  9. IMe
    Mar 13, 2007
    8
    Don't read the reviews, listen to it. No one seems to quite understand it.
  10. datsun1978
    Mar 19, 2007
    7
    This album is dull at times, but overall its listenable... at least half the ablum is pretty fantastic actually, just these filler songs that seem out of place. honesly though, given the choice between rj singing and anyone else rapping, i'll take the singing 90% or rap is kak
  11. JasonE.
    Mar 7, 2007
    7
    Makes you wonder just who's doing this; with all the twists and churns of his plightier, more revably fonted past works, it just allows the new long-player to capitalize itself among the rest of us. It's soup. It's salad. But I don't like salad.
  12. GradyL
    Apr 23, 2007
    9
    Finally someone with enough balls to come out of the closet and finally produce a new sound. The beats are still RJD2's unequaled sounds but he does add pop to it. Yea he's new to this so the songwriting is lacking a lot. But if you like listening to each album for what it is, this is an album worth checking out. If you're looking for someone who sounds exactly the same Finally someone with enough balls to come out of the closet and finally produce a new sound. The beats are still RJD2's unequaled sounds but he does add pop to it. Yea he's new to this so the songwriting is lacking a lot. But if you like listening to each album for what it is, this is an album worth checking out. If you're looking for someone who sounds exactly the same each time go listen to something else. Expand
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 28
  2. Negative: 4 out of 28
  1. 90
    The one-man result: breezy soul tracks with pop structures, chill vocals and a grab bag of flourishes recalling everything from McCartney to Prince.
  2. Two skills he has mastered in the past, mood and texture, make this record especially good.
  3. Some sleepy stuff hurts his cause, but his best songs... combine vivid, polished tracks with solid tunes that pack a sneaky emotional weight.