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This set compiles much of DJ Shadow's pre-major label material in one convenient package in an attempt to foil bootleggers and bring new fans up-to-date in the curriculum. The results are naturally varied, but all point to a marvellous evolution of talent. The collection is kept together primarily by its propensity for jazzy beats and psychedelic loops. Shadow (né Josh Davis) moves through everything from old school funk ("In/Flux") to grungy 1960s-style guitar rave-ups ("High Noon"). The centrepiece of the set, however, is a four-part composition called "What Does Your Soul Look Like", which is likely to be the first ever entirely sample-driven rock opera. It's a brilliant piece of work, laced with intriguing sounds, sound bites, and a detectable set of motion. It is also quite possibly better than anything on the critically -acclaimed Entroducing. --Aidin Vaziri
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Preemptive Strike is mostly slow and plodding, but each beat dropped lands right in the center of my head. It builds and builds, creating mischief from disparate sources of sound, weaving together a web that seems to form a story that you could almost make out if some of the pieces weren't missing. Some of the most affecting spoken samples are from "Johnny Got His Gun", as I later found out. Go see that movie if you like this record. If you enjoy "Diamond Sea" by Sonic Youth, "1983..." by Jimi Hendrix or "Revolution #9" by the Beatles, give this record a couple of spins through a pair of huge headphones.
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.
Preemptive Strike is a mindblowing album that will win you over immediately. This is easily in my top 5 CD's of all time. I encourage you strongly to buy it; you will not be disappointed.
Most recent customer reviews
I feel a sense of completion now that I own DJ Shadow's "Preemptive Strike!" This is supposed to be a collection of his earlier works--1993, I think and if you ask me... Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2004 by D. Lee
When I first got this CD, I wasn't expecting much, maybe a few good tracks. The whole CD is fantastic.
The third track is the best, IMO. Read more
Shadow reminds me of a cross between John Lethem and Clive Barker in his darkly illutrated audio presentation. Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2001 by Bret
This disc is a collection of singles from Shadow preceding Entroducing, as I'm sure many have already mentioned. The work here is nowhere near as good as that on Entroducing. Read morePublished on July 5 2001 by Guy
After listening to a few songs on Napster, I decided to pick this album up...and it was well worth it! It's almost like experiencing a dream-like state listening to this. Read morePublished on June 25 2001 by Jamie
What at amazing sound of drums and beats... a musical piece of art.
This album will grab you, the drums are very relaxing and soothing. Read more
Ever since hearing In/Flux on the radio years ago, I've been trying to get hold of a copy. And here it is, alongside some more works of Shadow's creative genius. Read morePublished on March 20 2001