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  • Audio CD (18 Sep 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B000HKDB7M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,120 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Outsider Intro - DJ Shadow
2. This Time (I'm Gonna Try It My Way) - DJ Shadow
3. 3 Freaks - DJ Shadow, Mistah F.A.B., Turf Talk, Keak Da Sneak
4. Droop-E Drop - DJ Shadow
5. Turf Dancing - DJ Shadow, The Federation, The Animaniaks
6. Keep Em Close - DJ Shadow, Nump
7. Seein' Thangs - DJ Shadow, David Banner
8. Broken Levee Blues - DJ Shadow
9. Artifact - DJ Shadow
10. Skullfuckery - DJ Shadow, The Heliocentrics
11. Backstage Girl - DJ Shadow, Phonte Coleman
12. Triplicate/ Something Happened That Day - DJ Shadow
13. The Tiger - DJ Shadow, Sergio Pizzorno, Christopher Karloff
14. Erase You - DJ Shadow, Chris James
15. What Have I Done - DJ Shadow, Christina Carter
16. You Made It - DJ Shadow, Chris James
17. Enuff - DJ Shadow, Q-Tip, Lateef The Truth Speaker
18. Dats My Part - DJ Shadow, E-40

Product Description

DJ SHADOW The Outsider (2006 UK 18-track CD album - In the 4 years since Private Press DJ Shadow [aka Josh Davis] has discarded the cinematic instrumental hip-hop soundscapes for which he is renowned and has done a musical U-turn back to his love of early party rap touching on areas and genres that he previously didnt dare go near and that suits him just fine; including the single Enuff plus guest appearances from David Banner Heliocentrics Kasabian Chris James Q-Tip Lateef The Truth Speaker and more)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James Loach on 29 Sep 2006
Format: Audio CD
If you've read anything from the Shadow camp about this album you may already have reservations about the new direction taken for this release. Unfortunately I can't say anything to reassure you, and as a massive DJ Shadow fan I really wish I could! "The Outsider" is Josh Davies' third major studio album. The previous two releases "The Private Press" and 1996's classic "Endtroducing..." plus the rarer early release "Pre-Emptive Strike" set a high standard. Add to that side projects such as the legendary mixtapes "Brainfreeze" and "Product Placement" with Cut Chemist, "Psyence Fiction" as a member of James Lavelle's UNKLE, and Solesides and Quannum Projects and fans have understandably high expectations of any new material.

"The Outsider" is a far more diverse collection of styles than the previous albums and includes many contributions from rappers and vocalists as well as live instrumentation, all of which differs greatly from the sample based instrumental work that Shadow is known for. The trouble is that I've heard most of these styles done better elsewhere and this incoherent collection makes Shadow seem like an impressionist mimicking his influences rather than taking inspiration to create anything new or exciting from them. Now don't get me wrong, change is a good thing and I don't think an artist should try to relive past glories for the rest of their career, but I would have expected better than this from someone with DJ Shadows back catalogue. Not that "The Outsider" is a bad album, it's just a bit of a strange one.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Rose G. Butler on 16 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
I've been a DJ Shadow fan since his very first Mo' Wax releases way back in the early 90's. Unlike other reviewers I like west coast hip hop and the sort of sample based crate digging constructions for which Shadow became famous, yet I still can't comprehend the totality of this album. What this record appears to represent is DJ Shadow struggle to both evolve a new and innovative sound while avoid lapsing back into familiar methods of his former glories and, unfortunately, not succeeding in either task.
While much of the production on this album might well be amazing (something you'd expect from any Shadow release), good production alone doesn't make a record worth listening too unless the songs themselves can somehow offer something more rewarding. Apart from maybe track 2 which shows hints of Shadows knowledge, versatility, and constructive expertise, any other noteworthy elements are swamped by the barrage of obtuse and mediocre vocals served up by the likes of David Banner. I can only assume that many of the positive reviews of this album came from people caught up in the hype of mediocre west coast rap 'music' (I use that term loosely) seemingly spewed out en masse nowadays, and not the sort of Shadow fans that expect more musical diversity than what is found here. While many of the previous reviews claim that this album is innovative and progressive I completely disagree. Shadows previous album 'The Private Press' reflected both a real progression and a sophisticated experimentation that did much to abate the appetite of fans expecting the impossible - i.e. another 'Endtroducing'. In contrast 'The Outsider', turns it's back on these developments while achieving nothing but giving a snapshot of a predictably cliched contemporary west coast hip hop culture.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AD on 27 Nov 2008
Format: Audio CD
If you want to buy a DJ Shadow album, please steer clear of this one. Buy Endtroducing or The Private Press instead. I can listen to those other two albums again and again, but I struggled to listen to this one all the way through. I don't know what happened but DJ Shadow clearly lost the plot somewhere between albums number two and three.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Harrison on 1 Oct 2008
Format: Audio CD
I bought "The Outsider" on the strength of DJ Shadow's previous work, which is not the way to do it. DJ Shadow seems to pride himself by trying his hands at all genres and at the same time creating his own unique genre. This means you can't judge one album based on how you felt about the other ones; you have to judge DJ Shadow's work on its musicality, not its style.
To be honest I slid the album into my player and was disappointed hugely by the first few songs. I left it at that for a while, and presumed that would be the end of it; however I thought I owed it to 'Shadow to give him another go, and the next track I tried was "Broken Levee Blues". A beautiful blues with amazing guitar work that Jimmy Page himself could have been proud of. It surged immediately to one of my favourite ever songs. It forced me to take a closer look at the album, and I found myself loving it.
Some songs are always going to miss the mark with some individuals because of the massively wide scope of genres 'Shadow draws from. The album has to be taken as a whole, listened to, and listened to again; and I promise, you will find its beauty and it's intelligence, even in music you usually would never listen to. 'Shadow takes genres you'd never listen to, spins them with his own style, and leaves you loving him for such good music, and hating him because you swore you'd never like hip-hop.
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