Private Press Import
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|8. Mongrel Meets His Maker|
|9. Right Thing/GDMFSOB (Clean Instrumental Version)|
|11. Mashin' On The Motorway|
|12. Blood On The Motorway|
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Countless copycats have landed on the bandwagon since Josh Davis's debut, Endtroducing..., wreaked havoc in the dance and hip-hop world. But Davis, a.k.a. DJ Shadow, kept on top of his game with various collaborations--Blackalicious, U.N.K.L.E., Cut Chemist--and superlative 12-inches like "High Noon" and "Pre-Emptive Strike."
Now, a full six years later, he's back with a follow-up that is every bit as impressive as his debut, albeit in a different way. Once again, the producer has pushed his sampler to the limits, but this time he's brought with it a deeper, hungrier, more bad-ass spirit that's rarely found in modern dance music. There's a fabulous '80s vibe throughout (principally on tracks like "Monosylabik" and "You Can't Go Home Again"), along with the expected forays into b-boy culture (check the growling, massive "Treach Battle Break" and the funky-ass "Mashin' on the Motorway"). While it's identifiably Shadow, it ain't Endtroducing...Part 2. It is, however, a worthy and imaginative follow-up, with humor, wisdom, and musical understanding aplenty. --Paul Sullivan
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The first song on the album, "Fixed Income," is classic DJ Shadow. He takes the march of a drum beat and marries it to some mysterious acoustic guitar samples (including something that may have come from a Spaghetti Western) and an ominous bass. Throw in a voice here and there and you've got the direct descendant of Endtroducing's "Midnight in a Perfect World." Wicked and addictive.
Skipping ahead, "Giving Up the Ghost" is a tough name for a song to live up to, but Shadow delivers in spades. Disenchantment, disillusion, doubt, regret -- all conveyed by one sample in a loop that makes up the first sixty seconds. I find that this song gets stuck in my head when I get in that kind of a mood. Extremely evocative and more than a little sad.
This is followed by the shimmering torpor of "Six Days," and the fast-paced but downright creepy "Mongrel...Meets His Maker." A single meandering guitar ties the song together, augmented by a flute, a piano, and a ringing telephone(!) Along the same lines, "Blood on the Motorway" brings to mind the morbid transcendentalism of "What Does Your Soul Look Like, part 2," but with some decidedly 80s-ish samples used to achieve the effect. That three-second silence speaks volumes, like the transition from life to death or ignorance to knowledge. Hypnotizing and profound without being maudlin or heavy-handed.Read more ›
On "Private Press" Shadow leaves that specific retro-feel of "Endtroducing" behind him, and goes for a modern sound. It results into more variety to tracks, and even addition of a vocal part in a couple of them. He strays further away from hip-hop and funky rhythms of his debut, successfully adding a touch of rock, and electronica beats. DJ Shadow tries to create an aural adventure, a sonic movie of sorts, and I'd say the results are fairly good. Spoken samples add to the "adventure feel".
But on the down side of this variety, this record doesn't sound as consistent as the debut, because not all the ideas really work. To me, personally, the addition of a singer is a very questionable novelty (it's what killed the creativity in Chemical Brothers). While Shadow manages to pull it with taste, the tracks "Walkie Talkie" and "Six Days" are not equal to the rest of the album. And somehow they spoil the flow of the musical adventure. Other than this relatively small gripe, the album is very good. It's great to see Shadow is still as creative and perfectionistic musician, as he proved he was in 1996. I'm looking forward to hearing more from him in future.
THE PRIVATE PRESS would be %100 groove-friendly if it weren't for one little complaint: I feel he overuses sampled speech. I suppose this practice lends the proceedings more personality, but with repeated listens, I get tired of hearing the same vocal interjections. The music would flow more smoothly without %80 of it (and it's the FLOW I'm usually after when it comes to this kind of music).
I also didn't appreciate hearing the sample of the "El Condor Pasa" intro from one of the biggest albums of all time, BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER by Simon and Garfunkel on "You Can't Go Home Again." However, I'm more used to it now and it is an intriguing mix none the less.
I know, these are pretty picky complaints. By far, this music is totally tripped out and extremely groove-worthy. Kudos to the Shadow.
Most recent customer reviews
dj shadow never seems to amaze me. he is just so talented, the master of drum beats and intense builds. one of my fav artists, without a doubt.Published on June 1 2006 by Chez M
I'm not a huge fan of this style of music, but I love this disc. So many different styles are explored by DJ Shadow on this disc and it all works very well to keep me entertained. Read morePublished on May 25 2004 by John Candy
This album for me contains within it the paradoxs of catharsis, of expressing emotion and the recoils of beauty and horror that contain this eternal space. Read morePublished on April 19 2004 by Jeremy Gallagher
A few years ago I heard DJ Shadow for the first time. This album was and still is so amazing to me. There are some really great songs on here that I never get sick of. Read morePublished on March 13 2004
No, I know who this guy is...thanks to some downloads.
DJ Shadow is a very together young sir who knows what he wants to do...and then he does it. Read more
So Private Press falls a little short, but come on now, did it ever really have a chance of equalling Entroducing? Nope. If he did produce an Entroducing... Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2004 by ringringheyheyhey
DJ Shadow's follow-up to the very successful and groundbreaking "Endtroducing..." is a true example of how a DJ can actually make music without all of the cacophonous scratching... Read morePublished on Dec 9 2003 by D. Lee
This album is UNREAL! It is SOOOOOOO good! However, it's not for everyone. It's less accessible then Endtroducing; however, I've always thought that Shadow's debut was his worst... Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2003