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Third Hand

Rjd2 Audio CD
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1. Intro
2. You Never Had It So Good
3. Have Mercy
4. Reality
5. Work It Out
6. Laws Of The Gods
7. Get It
8. Someday
9. The Bad Penny
10. Beyond The Beyond
11. Sweet Piece
12. Rules For Normal Living
13. Paper Bubbles
14. Just When
15. The Evening Gospel

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For 'The Third Hand', RJD2 seemingly abandons all the notions and titles that have been placed upon him. Underground hip-hop super-producer to many, virtuoso samplebased instrumental wizard to some, RJD2 embodies all of these things on "The Third Hand" but goes further. Recorded, performed, arranged, and produced entirely by himself in his basementstudio, RJD2 commands his trusty MPC 2000XL sampler/sequencer alongside a pantheon of analog synths, electric pianos and guitars, not to mention his own voice. Most notably, live instruments come in to play. The result is a cohesive pop album in the most classic sense , a sound more akin to Phoenix than, say, Prefuse 73. In essence, this is RJD2's entrance into the pantheon of enigmatic songwriter/producers (see Jon Brion, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder) capable of creating a record of rich songwriting, complex arrangements, and clever production.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WHAT HAPPENED?!?!?!?! Oct. 6 2010
Format:Audio CD
Okay, i am a huge fan of Deadringer, I've been listening to it for years and i finally decided i would buy the next Rj album. After inserting the cd and getting through the intro, i was greeted by Rj singing like some wierd brit-pop band, resembling Blur's "parklife" and poorly reproducing Beck's "odelay". This indeed is a far departure from the absolutely amazing instrumentals of deadringer (especially the import versions with the 2 extra songs).
It turns out the whole cd is like this. Rj singing like some brit-pop mofo to a bunch of ridiculously sub-par instrumentals.
if you want to listen to this kind of music go buy a "sloan" cd and you'll be better off.
WASTE OF MONEY!
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Amazon.com: 3.2 out of 5 stars  28 reviews
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars uhhhhhhh..... March 8 2007
By ssf - Published on Amazon.com
I COULDN'T WAIT for this album to come out. I mean, I stake my musical reputation on "Deadringer" and "Since We Last Spoke." Customers saw me giggling like a little girl as I dashed out of the music store to my car, frantically tearing at the shrinkwrap on the album (which was surprisingly easy to get off, I might add). I slid the disc in and took off on some errands.

However, instead of ripping through traffic headbanging to jams like "Exotic Talk," I ended up ripping through traffic angrily bashing my radio with my fist, wondering why my disc changer decided to play one of my girlfriend's whiny-voice pop CDs instead of my beloved RJ.

Then it hit me. I recalled the transition: the sweet, sweet Deadringer to the kickass SWLS. But wait - I had forgotten the oft-skipped tracks on the latter, with the mediocre lyrics and toned-down instrumentals. I had also pushed out of my mind RJ's departure from Def Jux, suggesting a more mainstream, poppy musical path.

What was once progressive hip-hop's best has turned into poor man's Beck. It would be as if Buckethead suddenly fancied himself a lyricist, took off his mask, and started crooning on stage. Don't get me wrong, the music is OK, and flows pretty well, and I know some will argue that it demonstrates progression and maturity of an artist, but I was hoping to ride the dream for at least one more album. I DIDN'T SIGN UP FOR SOMETHING LIKE THIS!
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not at all what I expected March 25 2007
By Brandon McComber - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Well, I feel bad about recommending this one to the kid at Best Buy who asked about it when I checked out.

Sitting at home, reading the ads on a Sunday afternoon, and saw a little blurb about this disc. Available now! Once I got over the "hey, rjd2 is getting some recognition from the big retailers!" thought, I realized I had to buy it immediately, and going strictly on what I knew and loved from his past work, didn't even bother to read any reviews or visit good old amazon.

If only I'd known what awaited.

Now, I'll start by saying that it isn't absolutely terrible. There are those moments on this disk that are decent, and point towards something good. The problem I have is this; it doesn't sound at all like anything I was hoping to hear. I'm basically running to my car, excited to blast down the road thumping and nodding my head through traffic on a surprisingly nice March day, and instead I've got some strange vocals, nothing hitting the foot-tapping region of my brain... I'm stumped.

I skip the track. Same thing. Skip again--and the same again. Take out the disk. Matches the case. Check the case; you can see where this was going.

Shaking my head in disbelief, I put Atmosphere back in and continue on my way, dissapointed with my purchase and one of my favorite artists.

Long story short, I should have learned from Shadow latest release; check the reviews, hear it once, and don't always assume that just because you love the artist that they won't let you down with the... direction, shall we say, they choose to take their music in. I can't recommend this disc to fans of the man's beats, and now I'm probably not going to make as much of a point to see his show when he comes to town this May since he's probably going to be supporting this disc and playing the songs off of it. A shame.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really impressed Sept. 5 2007
By P. Ethier - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I didnt read one single review or hear anybody comment on this album before buying it. I simply saw the amazing video for Work it Out and went straight to the record store. What can I say? This album gets better and better after every listen. Simply put, its a remarkable achievement. I discovered RJD2 on dead ringer which I thought was a good album. I checked for Since We Last Spoke but wasnt feeling it at all. Tried many times but it fell flat for me. Its really nice to see an artist come back and put such a brilliant piece of work together. Im not quite sure why so many are having a hard time with this album. Its a pretty easy listen and I would think most people could find something in this. I guess the anticipation for something different must be preventing people for taking this for what it is, independantly of who it is by.

I was wondering who was singing on this... Had no idea that was RJD2. Knowing this doesnt make the music better but it does make the album such a better artistic accomplishment.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not at all what I expected March 18 2007
By Brandon McComber - Published on Amazon.com
Well, I feel bad about recommending this one to the kid at Best Buy who asked about it when I checked out.

Sitting at home, reading the ads on a Sunday afternoon, and saw a little blurb about this disc. Available now! Once I got over the "hey, rjd2 is getting some recognition from the big retailers!" thought, I realized I had to buy it immediately, and going strictly on what I knew and loved from his past work, didn't even bother to read any reviews or visit good old amazon.

Oh, if only I'd known what awaited.

Now, I'll start by saying that it isn't absolutely terrible. There are those moments on this disk that are decent, and point towards something good. The problem I have is this; it doesn't sound at all like anything I was hoping to hear. Like another reviewer I'm running to my car, excited to blast down the road thumping and nodding my head through traffic on a surprisingly nice March day, and instead I've got some strange vocals, nothing hitting the foot-tapping region of my brain... I'm stumped.

I skip the track. Same thing. Skip again... and the same again. Take out the disk. Matches the case. Check the case; you can see where this was going.

Shake head in disbelief, put Atmosphere back in and continue on my way, dissapointed with my purchase and one of my favorite artists.

Long story short, I should have learned from Shadow; check the reviews, hear it once, and don't always assume that just because you love the artist that they won't let you down with the... direction, shall we say, they choose to take their music in. I can't recommend this disc to fans of the man's beats, and now I'm probably not going to make as much of a point to see his show when he comes to town this may since he's probably going to be supporting this disc and playing the songs off of it. A shame.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some gems emerge after a few listens March 31 2007
By Not My Real Name - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Like many others, I was a bit shocked and slightly disappointed by what I found on this disc. However, I can't say it's terribly surprising that Rjd2 would do something like this.

After spending some time with it, a handful of tracks really began to stand out - fully half of which are instrumentals. The vocal tracks among them are "Have Mercy", "Reality", and "Work It Out". After listening to this rotation, I'm left with the impression that this really isn't such a departure from the Rjd2 I'd come to know and enjoy.

While the lyrics on this album don't generally strike me as particularly inspired (okay, in some cases even rather vapid and banal) , some of the vocals do have a pleasantly infectious quality. Still, I can't help but think that it would have been a nice touch to include a second disc with instrumental versions and a couple remixes (I'm thinking of Rob Dougan's Furious Angles, here). And now that he's shown he CAN do a one-man pop-style album, I hope Rjd2 will realize that he SHOULD be complementing his real talents by collaborating with similarly adept vocalists and lyricists.
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