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.