You have the feeling that DJ Shadow will always be judged based on his first album Endtroducing. Although it was a masterpiece and a very relevant when released I personally found after a great start it got lost within itself and faded away too much the end. His follow up, The Private Press, seemed to an opposite, whereas it was structured and rarely rambled, but lost the excitement of Endtroducing because of that.
Well, The Less you know the better essentially takes the best of Entroducing and combines it with the best of The Private Press. There's hardly a weak moment on this album and, despite the fact you have to let it grow on you, it rewards you so well for your perseverance. From the opening track announcing that DJ Shadow is back to the rock of Border Crossing, which is tailor made for any action movie, you move onto the beauty of Sad and Lonely which somewhat stands out as a Great Gig in the Sky moment in the album. Half way through it feels like the album takes a rest with a few instrumental tracks and then kicks back into life with the great Redeemed and I Gotta Rock.
Overall this album will rate up there with his first 2 (notice I haven't mentioned The Outsider...too right as well). It really is a move on from his last album and yet a return to the DJ Shadow of former years.