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Since We Last Spoke
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Featuring: Vinyl versions of ''Dead Ringer'' LP, ''The Horror EP'' (first time on vinyl!) ''Since We Last Spoke'' LP, and the exclusive ''Tin Foil Hat'' EP. (7 unreleased RJD2 songs spanning the eras of the first 3 RJD2 releases!) Hand silk screen RJD2 poster, signed and numbered by the dude himself. A beautiful box set , uniquely constructed to hold both ''The Third Hand'' LP, and the forthcoming 5th RJD2 album! Dowload card giving you access to mp3's of all material within, plus exclusive content! Limited to 500 copies.
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In terms of being an RJD2 album, 'Since We Last Spoke' is mediocre at best. The tracks work in the usual "in-out-in-out-out-IN-with-a-finale"-pattern which RJ has made so familiar to us. The problem is that the "in's" are flat. Where are the horns? Where are the scratches? Where are the hard drums? The guitar takes some tracks, like the title track, up to a nice vibe but even they seem to fall short. Still, you can figure out that RJ was reaching for new ground, and sometimes you can appreciate his experimentalism. The bottom line is that the replay value of this album is very low. It's just one of those albums that fade into the background - you don't even notice when you've listened it through. Elevator music.
To put a long story short, a prime example would be DJ Muggs' recent solo excursion, which left Cypress Hill fans crying for injustice but attracted a whole new audience for Muggs. This album has very little to offer for RJD2/Def Jux fans but I'm sure its mellow atmosphere will find its audience.
'Since We Last Spoke'
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Indications of where RJD2 goes on Since We Last Spoke can be heard on his previous releases; it's not really as big a change as some would have you believe. He maintains a steady evolution from one release to the next, so you have to expect some growth and change in his sound with each new album. This isn't purely a hip-hop record, so purists will probably be disappointed. By expecting the same thing out of an artist or genre from year to year, purists are sometimes not inclined to appreciate change when it occurs. I.e., if you're looking for a record to spit rhymes over, this isn't it. This is listening music, and goes in the same individualistic and personal directions that any introspective artist does at times.
The album isn't very long, but it is long enough. A lot of good records would be great if a track or two had been cut, but this record is short enough to prevent you from thinking about that. You do, however, get the feeling that another track or two might have been a bit much.
Some tracks really seem a lot denser and more skillfully arranged than on previous albums. It's a little progressive, and not quite as accessible as earlier work, but not too much so. Still, I think this is what accounts for some of the negative reaction it has received...Since We Last Spoke does require attention and repeated listens in order to fully appreciate it, and while I don't think it is great I do think it is very good, thus four stars.
But perhaps the biggest problem I have with this album is that it doesn't even show any of RJD2's technical skills. The first few songs sound like bad garage band songs (yes, garage band -- all of his turntable skills are drowned on these tracks by horrible guitar riffs), and from there he delves into some bad psuedo-techno beats culminating in one song which sounds like a rip off of Rick Springfield's "Jesse's girl" . . . only crappier, if that's possible. And why did he put the intro on track ten; it throws off any rythmn he was trying to salvage.
This album is so bad, I'm sorry to say, that I had to go back and re-evauluate "Deadringer" and "The Horror" to make sure they were good, that I wasn't just in "a mood" when I heard them (a thousand times.) Well, they hold up, which makes "Since we last spoke" that much more disappointing.
I honestly think Since We Last Spoke is even better than Deadringer for what it is. There is no filler here, only a generous helping of what loyal listeners and the uninitiated will love. Some people compare RJD2 to DJ Shadow, and with good reason since both artists are able to compose such soulful and diverse music through hip-hop, but the same comparison always puts RJ as the student and Shadow as the teacher. I've got news though; RJ is on his own learning curve and his evolution is going to be just as exciting to follow. Get this album, you will not be disappointed.
Most recent customer reviews
When I first read the title of RJ's latest album I was reminded of the Avalanches debut "Since I Left You". I had no idea that the music itself would be so similar. Read morePublished on June 16 2004 by Cancer
Though vastly different from his previous album "dead ringer", rjd2 pulls it off again this time incorporating many different styles. Read morePublished on June 15 2004 by M. C. Peixoto
That's right -- musical masterpiece. RJD2 comes with a album that transcends funk.
This album uses synths, organs, electric guitars, trumpets, the piano, etc. Read more
This CD hasn't left my CD player since I bought it a week or so ago. It is so, so good. (what else can I say?) The variety and mixture of styles (i.e. Read morePublished on June 8 2004
I mostly had to write a review not only to say i think the album is dope, but to agree with progress to the fullest. Read morePublished on June 7 2004
dead ringer was great, but this one is even better. the whole style is upgraded with new sounds, new approach, he even sings solo & with his better half (wife, i mean). Read morePublished on June 4 2004
This album is really different from DeadRinger but we still recognize RJD2's style. It is a mix between rock, electro hip hop. Read morePublished on May 27 2004 by NJA
great follow up album, however a very different style then his 1st album. if you buy this album expecting to hear the same style as dead ringer then you will be unlucky. Read morePublished on May 26 2004 by S. Khalsa
Dead ringer is one of the best DJ albums ever produced. Everything RJ did with blueprint was amazing. I'm just not feeling this album. Read morePublished on May 26 2004 by M. Myers