Let me just say that my indtroduction to DJ Shadow has been really strange in comparison that of others. The first CD I got of his was The Private Press. While I loved it, it made Endtroducing, which I bought months later, sound dated. While it has since grown on me, for a while, I thought The Private Press was better.
This CD is by far the least inspiring of the stuff I've heard of Shadow's. The music is too sparse of many of the songs, I find. In Flux is just drums for the first 3 minutes, and while I've always found Shadow's percussion to be very robust and refreshing, I don't think it's enough to make a whole song.
The "What Does Your Soul Look Like" series was nice, the first one (in order, not how it's numbered on the box) being the best to me. But I was less than impressed that Shadow decided to put part 4 and part 1 on, both of which I'd heard on Endtroducing, and with only minimal changes to keep my interest.
But "High Noon" is a great track, reminiscent of Spaghetti Westerns (explaining the title), and the remix to Organ Donor is also good, and it's fresh enough that it doesn't remind me too much of the original.
Overall, this piece is the least of Shadow's work, in my opinion. Of course, much of it was earlier stuff, and he may not have found his niche until after it's completion. I'm still a big Shadow fan, and I will still buy his next album. Just hope I don't have to wait another 2 years for it.