Customer Review

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No more 'Outsider' than purely conventional., 16 July 2008
This review is from: The Outsider (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. Far from representing the outsider-esque inspirational genius kind we know he truly can be, this DJ Shadow album merely demonstrates how even his par efforts are of an equivalent standard to those of the conventional and unimaginative hip hop crowd.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

2.4 out of 5 stars (40 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (7)
4 star:
 (3)
3 star:
 (5)
2 star:
 (7)
1 star:
 (18)
 
 
 
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: Berkshire

Top Reviewer Ranking: 717,741