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  • Summary: The seventh full-length studio release from electronic producer DJ Shadow is mostly instrumental and features no guests.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Nov 16, 2023
    Not so serious, just damn fun. Davis is taking big swings, purposely stomping through giant puddles like a kid again, eager to see how stain patterns form. So even when he misses, he still hits.
  2. Oct 26, 2023
    Action Adventure is a tidal wave of dense textures that wash over the listener for a full-sensory rollercoaster ride through the restless creativity of DJ Shadow.
  3. Uncut
    Oct 26, 2023
    The album flags a bit in the middle but maintains enough propulsion to easily glide past those saggy moments. [Dec 2023, p.34]
  4. Mojo
    Oct 26, 2023
    Even when further adrift from the lost funk sampledelia that made his name, Shadow's production brilliance shines through. [Dec 2023, p.90]
  5. Nov 15, 2023
    He channels snippets into new compositions played over an 808 with some rudimentary vintage synths, evoking memories of his teenage past sitting alongside a radio with fingers tentatively poised on play and record.
  6. Oct 26, 2023
    Action Adventure doesn't sound like DJ Shadow's other records, but it's exactly the type of album he would make -- a risky, expectation-bucking set that only fully makes sense to the artist himself.
  7. Nov 8, 2023
    For a record titled Action Adventure, it’s surprisingly short on excitement.

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