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|1. Outsider Intro|
|2. This Time (I'm Gonna Try It My Way)|
|3. 3 Freaks - DJ Shadow/Keak Da Sneak/Turf Talk|
|4. Droop-E Drop|
|5. Turf Dancing|
|6. Keep Em Close|
|7. Seein' Thangs|
|8. Broken Levee Blues|
|9. Artifact (Instrumental)|
|10. Backstage Girl|
|11. Triplicate / Something Happened That Day|
|12. The Tiger|
|13. Erase You|
|14. What Have I Done|
|15. You Made It|
|17. Dats My Part|
|18. 3 Freaks (Droop-E remix)|
Japanese only SHM-CD pressing. Universal. 2011.
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I am a huge fan of "Endtroducing" and "Private Press", and echo the disappointment of others who waited 4 years to receive this album that is pretty much nothing like his other 2. That being said, expectations should never get in the way of reviewing music on its own terms, and that's what I'm attempting to do here. There are tracks that rise above the others, such as the aforementioned "This Time", which seems like his only attempt at resembling his earlier work, and it does so admirably. Of the hyphy tracks, "3 Freaks" is entertaining with its manic energy but wears a bit thin before it ends, "Seein' Thangs" is a Katrina inspired track filled with dread and a nice guest turn by David Banner, and "Enuff" has a catchy bounce to it. "Backstage Girl" is probably the best hip-hop track on the album, featuring a nice bluesy guitar riff and drum solo. And I think that's the sound of Mario getting a coin at the end of "Dat's My Part". That's about all I can say for the rap tracks.
As for the more rock inspired tracks, "Artifact" sounds like the castoff from another album that it in fact is. The other tracks are okay but nothing particularly memorable. I know I just glossed over a large part of the 2nd half of the album, but really, there's nothing there that really jumps out at you and compels you to listen. In the end, I can respect Shadow trying to branch out, but I think with this album he's proven why most artists find the one kind of music they're good at and stick with it. The result sounds like fairly by the numbers entries for each genre. I'm giving it 3 stars even though it's more like 2 1/2, rounded up because plenty of people have been harsh enough on the guy as is and he did give me 2 albums that I've been able to enjoy over and over again, and the CD sounds very well produced. Hopefully now that he has this album out of his system, he can find his groove again in the not too distant future.
The opening number has the usual Shadow intro cut mystique. The second cut, This Time, is a solid MoTown takeoff. From there the album goes into some well-produced hip hop numbers that could easily fit in with anything in the Top 40 if the guest MCs were a bit better known. These aren't as creative as Mashin' on the Motorway, and the beats lack the timeless, soulful beauty of earlier Shadow cuts, but they are solid and fun nonetheless, and prove that Shadow could be a regular on the radio if he wanted to be.
The middle of the album is where it suffers a bit. That punk-driven Artifact song, what is it really? Broken levee blues has some nice guitar work but something more probably could have been done with it. Backstage Girl is a pretty good bit of hip-hop storytelling but it probably shouldn't be 7 minutes long. What Have I Done has a beautiful, haunting arrangement but the arty spoken-word vocals are kitschy.
The latter stages of the album go into some poprock and a smoother hip-hop number that's straight outta Quannum (Enuff). The Chris James tracks are like UNKLE meets Coldplay. (From this reviewer's perspective, that's a good thing, although not everyone might think so.) The instrumental number and Cage tribute Triplicate and The Tiger are really the only songs on this disc that sound like they're by the same artist who made Endtroducing. This is a foray into much more established genres and styles of songwriting, and demonstrates more that DJ Shadow can do any and all of them well, rather than that he is forging new territory.
DJ Shadow's previous records, Endtroducing and the Private Press, were both very cohesive as albums despite their range, and were very delicately and intricately put together and mesmerizingly arranged. This one seems just sort of thrown together, a "look what I can do" compilation. But hey, it's still DJ Shadow. Look what he can do.
I sure did. I am not a "I like your old stuff better than your new stuff" zealot, but I have my limits. This is just terrible, piss-weak crunk trash. I really dont have anything else to say about this other than thank god that I can still turn to Diplo and RJD2 to help me forget i heard this.
Please DJ Shadow - come back to us and ditch this daarrrty soouuth crap!
So to say I was anticipating this CD would be an understatement. After all, who wouldn't want to hear a premier producer like Shadow apply his studio wizardry to some new styles? He has a knack for taking different genres and redefining them - I couldn't wait to hear Shadow's take on punk or mainstream hip-hop.
What I didn't expect was an aimless, underwhelming album. "The Outsider" is diverse, yes, and when done right, a diverse record can be great. So what if one cut is folk and the next cut is hip-hop? Good music is good music. There is something to be said for cohesion, however, and (judging from his posts) Shadow seems to think that we'll just pick and choose the cuts we want for our Ipod playlists and junk the rest of the album. I don't know about you, but I still dig a good full-length record, and the best records don't have filler just for filler's sake. To me, this is just an excuse for lazy sequencing and weak production.
And make no mistake, many of these cuts are weak. "Backstage Girl" is a half-baked idea that goes nowhere, and "Turf Dancing" sounds like a manufacturer's demo for a sequencing program. "The Tiger" recalls UNKLE the way Sum 41 recalls The Descendents (that is, a rehashing that pales in comparison).
There are a handful of tracks that hit the mark. "Artifact" is proof that Shadow should produce a Bad Brains reunion, as he nails the perfect combination of grit and enthusiasm that punk requires (though the programmed drums are occasionally to rigid, which can be distracting). "3 Freaks," though essentially a one-trick-pony track (very unlike Shadow), nevertheless has a catchy hook and well-programmed beats. The MCing is a whole other story, however. Turf Talk and Keak da Sneak sound like they would get laughed off the stage at an open-mic night; lord only knows what they're doing on this record. On the other hand, Lateef and Q-Tip show what Shadow can do with some good MCs, making "Enuff" one of the best party tracks to come out in a long time.
But really, "The Outsider" comes down to 2 or 3 good tracks, a small handful of a-little-less-than-decent tracks, and a large handful of forgetable, ordinary tracks. And one thing Shadow has never been is "ordinary."
To me, the strangest thing about this album's release is Shadow's apparent contempt for his fans. Dude, I understand that you want a larger audience and all, but you're talking about your fans as if we're all losers just because we dug a record you made some years back. Now I can't speak for all Shadow fans, but I never wanted another Endtroducing... I love it when artists evolve in an exciting new direction. Like I said, good music is good music. But "The Outsider" is a lazy step backward. This is surprising and depressing coming from an artist whose work usually rewards repeat listens with hidden depths. It might sound alright at a frat party in-between cuts from Nelly and Paris Hilton, but it would pale in comparison on a mixtape next to TV on the Radio.
Hopefully, on his next record, Shadow will be able to tackle the broad, diverse sensibilities of "The Outsider" with some stronger material.
Being eclectic in my taste, I appreciate both hyphy music, and classic DJ Shadow.
That being said, Entroducing was DJ Shadow's best album, and this is his worst. One of the most important things when releasing a musical project is cohesiveness. In other words, each song should flow together to form a unified whole. The Outsider, while it has some decent songs, sounds all over the place. In a perfect world (no pun intended), I think that Shadow would make albums of breakbeats and atmospheric soundscapes for his fans of that, and produce beats for hyphy rappers on the side, or as another project. While he has talent in both styles, they do not mix together well on one album.
His non-rap songs were mostly decent but unphenomenal and below the work he's done before. They didn't have the same gritty analog feel that his previous efforts did. Triplicate is an example of that. Nice to relax to, but won't change your outlook on life.
Most his rap songs good / decent, although I don't think his expedition into crunk was necessary, and track #6 with Nump was wack as hell. It sounded like two people who wanted to collaborate with each other based on name recognition, but with no chemistry in the studio.
Now if you want the old Shadow back, you have to become that yourself. Get a turntable and start digging! You can't force an artist to make music he doesn't want to make! I would love to see the old DJ Shadow back, but he's made it clear that it's not going to happen! Where's the next generation of instrumental hip hop beat diggers?
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