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Spanning 15 years, the recording career of RJD2 (aka RJ Krohn) is starting to exhibit the type of resilience generally reserved for golfers and bebop musicians. The relevance of this should not go unnoticed; it is increasingly rare for artists in the sphere of hip-hop and electronic music to maintain a presence this far into a career. This feat becomes even more impressive considering it was ... Read more in Amazon's RJD2 Store

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  • Audio CD (21 April 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Def Jux
  • ASIN: B00008NFO4
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,349 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Horror
2. Ghostwriter Remix
3. Final Frontier Remix
4. Bus Stop Bitties
5. Good Times Roll Pt. 1
6. Sell The World
7. June Remix
8. Counselling (Instrumental)
9. Final Frontier (Instrumental)
10. F.H.H. (Instrumental)
Disc: 2
1. Exclusive live footage
2. The Horror (Animated)
3. The making of The Horror music video

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Product Description

Definitive Jux proudly presents The Horror a DOUBLE CD PACK. The follow up multi-media companion to Rjd2’s smash 2002 release Deadringer album

DISC 1: A full length masterpiece of b-sides, out-takes, remixes & exclusives included the BRAND NEW UNRELEASED track "Sell the World". The title track is "The Horror", features a new "Ghostwriter remix", and the "Final Frontier Remix", which co-stars Def-Jukie thrillers Aesop Rock, Vast Aire (Can OX), MURS and Blueprint.

DISC 2: Jam packed enhanced disc 2 that presents RJ in 3-D, featuring exclusive live DJ sets at the Beta Lounge in SF (from the upcoming DVD) and at The Bowery Ballroom, plus bonus footage of RJ working the wheels for co-stars El-P, Aesop Rock and MURS; a sneak peak behind the scenes of the making of the Rjd2 thriller music video for "The Horror"; plus the Norman Bates (aka RJD2) photo album and a whole lot more.

The Horror is the second album from the highly original RJD2. In contrast to much of the testosterone-loaded Definitive Jux camp, RJD2 has always seemed a man apart with his intricate, almost delicate sound collages. When his Dead Ringer appeared in 2002, many championed RJ as a rival to DJ Shadow as hip-hop's premier instrumentalist, and his ability to manipulate moods through music suggests that RJ is more than another introverted beat-maker stuck inside a bedroom. The Horror expands on RJ's previous work with revisits to some Dead Ringer favourites such as the funkalicious "Let the Good Times Roll" and dramatic, campy title track. He retunes his own material to impressive effect on the remix for "Ghostwriter", but entirely new songs such as the soulful, melancholy "Sell the World" are most interesting as RJ nimbly stitches together threads and loops of found sound into sublime new compositions. The bonus disc in this set includes live concert footage as well as the animated video for "The Horror". --Oliver Wang

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Elspeth Mouflih on 23 April 2003
Format: Audio CD
first things first if you are thinkin of buyin the horror but do not yet own deadringer, go back and buy deadringer first and if you really like that then think of buyin the horror. anything by rjd2 is always welcome as he is one of the most skilled yet under-rated producers (along with maybe 9th wonder)in underground hiphop at the moment, the horror is a worthwhile buy for any rjd2 fan but i have to wrn you now none of the remixes are better that the deadringer originals
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A on 13 Dec. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Don't buy this album if you already own deadringer. I bought this album for the 3 remixes and good times roll part 1. Was I dissapointed? Yes. Why? Because the remixes aren't very good and neither is good times roll part 1. I was hoping for the same standard as the legendary deadringer but the horror didn't deliver. The title track "the horror" is also on deadringer so you aren't missing out. Unless you are a dedicated rj fan and haven't got deadringer....don't buy this.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Mar. 2005
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album (I say album, it is more of an extended single/EP) about a year and a half ago, off the back of the amazing Deadringer. Although it is essentially a remix CD with a couple of new tracks, it is still worth picking up if you're an RJD2 fan. The stand-out track for me has to be the remix of "Final Frontier", which in my opinion is better than the original and it has more of a party buzz to it.
I also enjoyed listening to the remix of "Ghostwriter", although the original is an absolute classic, the remix on this album is very chilled out and still just as enjoyable. As for the new tracks, they are all pretty good, but it's easy to see why they did not make it on to the final cut of "Deadringer".
The second disc is probably what lets the album down, by having a second disc you're certainly getting your moneys worth, but the footage on the disc is quite frankly, a little bit dull. The live footage is pretty patchy and really doesn't reflect the energy of seeing RJD2 live. As for the making of the "Horror" video, nothing much happens and it's annoying not being able to see the end result!
Disc 1................ 4 stars
Disc 2................ 2 1/2 stars
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
RjD2 likes the "death" theme 21 July 2003
By "balloonholocaustt" - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is not a bad EP by any means, but I consider it just another bite to tide you over until the next full-length RJD2 project. If I'm not mistaken, (please correct me if I am), the next big one we're waiting for is the Soul Position LP that teams him up with Blueprint (we got to hear a taste of this duo on the Dead Ringer album, and then the Soul Position EP that came out here recently). Like many reviewers are saying, RjD2 has got appeal in a DJ Shadow kind of way. Don't get too stuck on that comparison, though---he's his own guy---he's making his own sounds. As he keeps developing, this is going to become more and more apparent.
The Horror is good, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend buying it first. There's a lot of good tracks on Dead Ringer that you'll be missing out on, and the remixes that are on The Horror will be more welcome and better understood after you've played out the originals (and you will play it out---doesn't necessarily mean you'll get tired of it, though). Dead Ringer really is a must-have album; this is a supplement. Don't get me wrong---it's good. This artist has a lot of hype surrounding him right now, and deservedly so, but this EP is presumably here to push a potential single and also to give his popularity an additional push.
I think one of the other customer reviews reflects somthing about RjD2's fan base: he appeals to people beyond the hip-hop realm. The reviewer comments that he bought The Horror thinking it had less rap on it than the other one. It's a moot point, but considering that Dead Ringer has more tracks, The Horror actually has a larger percentage of rhymes in it. Lest we forget, RjD2 is a hip-hop artist. If you are coming to Rjd2 from somewhere outside the genre, don't start in criticizing certain aspects that are intrinsic to hip-hop music. Please try and take this opportunity to learn appreciation of an art you may not have previously understood. Artists like Rj who have this kind of crossover potential will hopefully lead folks into hip hop who weren't there before, bringing greater diversity into the culture.
I think this EP is more for the already converted than it is for everybody. But that's not to say that you won't like it anyways. Good beats, good atmosphere, a solid EP with a second disc of extras included (which makes for a good selling point in and of itself).
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Excellent, but no Shadow 7 May 2003
By Craig J. Stern - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I opted to order this cd instead of "Dead Ringer" in part because of the price tag and in part because of the smaller number of tracks with rap in them. I don't regret the decision: this is an excellent cd. It strikes me as a sort of best of / remix version of Dead Ringer, since many of the tracks are either instrumental versions or remixes from the original cd. I don't know how well it holds up against "Dead Ringer" on its own, but I found it extremely enjoyable and excellently produced. The songs are remarkably catchy and in some cases quite beautiful. "Sell the World," for exmaple, is flat-out gorgeous. There are two tracks on this cd with vocal accompaniment. The vocals leave RJD2 very little room to play around, and consequently these are comparatively rather boring from an instrumental point of view. The cd would have been better if left as pure instrumentals, but I guess we can't always have what we want, now can we?
There have been a lot of comparisons between RJD2 and DJ Shadow. I'm not sure why, honestly--RJD2 has a bit of growing up to do before he can hold his own against Shadow. Comparatively, RJD2's compositions are simplistic and repetitive. Shadow weaves his songs like tapestries, sliding in themes and building upon old ones effortlessly. RJD2 lacks that sense of play: he simply has a theme that repeats for eight bars, a variation that goes on for 8 bars, the original, the variation, a bridge... you get the idea.
On the other hand, however, RJD2's songs are much more bouncy and danceable than Shadow's and are great compositions in their own right. It's hard to tell in many spots that RJD2 is using samples at all--the production values on this cd are stellar. Overwhelmingly, RJD2's style is more polished, simple, and mainstream than Shadow's. For 11 bucks, you'd have to be either pretty poor or in pretty poor taste not to pick up this cd. There can only be one Shadow--and RJD2 is damn good in his own right.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
End all, Be all... 18 Aug. 2004
By Mason Williams - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I'm dropping this review out of pure frustration. Nobody has really nailed the "really-real" about this record, so here we go, short n' sweet.

This "e.p." is about 45 minutes long. Full album length. It comes with a bonus CD that plays on your computer (it's not a DVD). The bonus CD is pretty swell and easy to navigate. The live footage of RJ is sublime. If you are familiar with DEADRINGER you may get a little upset because the "remixes" are very subtle remixes, meaning you'll have to really listen to hear any differences. If you're not familiar with DEADRINGER and you're between picking up DR or THE HORROR, I say get this! There's less filler, and more importantly, fewer MC's. RJD2's music really gets bogged down when he ads rhymes to the beats.

The packaging is pretty spooky, movies like WRONG TURN & TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE come to mind, grainy crime scene footage that doesn't match the music at all (but that's what's so f'n cool about it).

If you need a little sum'n sum'n to compare it to, think DJ SHADOW after a year on Prozac.

Another DEF JUX classic.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not a Full length Album...but accomplished nonetheless 3 Nov. 2003
By fetish_2000 - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Following the success of his phenomenally well crafted debut album "Deadringer", was never going to be easy, especially as he found himself with comparisons to "DJ Shadow". And so he's completely sidestepped the monumental task, by producing something that is more of a `remix' Ep with several new tracks and b-sides (with a second disk full of multimedia content). And it's here that by `Revisiting' his debut album and `reworking' the tracks that appeared on that album, Rjd2 maintains his deserved "DJ Shadow" comparisons and implements vividly sharp, musically focused, sonically multi-faceted tracks that push forward with their ingenuity & eclecticism....Track 5 ("Good Times Roll...Part 1") is easily as accomplished & outstanding as anything "Dj Shadow" has produced, and rocks with joyous dirty samples littered throughout. And it's again with such exceptional work as this, that the running order (just 10 tracks) simply isn't enough, and you find yourself occasionally watching the tracks whiz by, but then.....that's purely because of the incredible production ability displayed here.
An Excellent blend of Trip-Hop and Hip-Hop! 6 Aug. 2007
By Funky Monk - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Don't let the term "Remix" fool you, this E.P. is as good as it gets. The remix of "Ghostwriter" is ten times better than the original, the same with the "Final Frontier" and "June" remixes. Along with those tracks comes one of Rjd2's staples "The Horror" which always delivers and not to mention instrumentals of "Final Frontier" and "F.H.H." All in all this is the best Rjd2 album out there and a great starting point for new listeners. If you prefer a more Hip-Hop oriented album buy "Deadringer" which contains the orginal versions of a lot of the tracks on "The Horror".
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