Some of the reviews on here pretty much echo what I thought when I first heard this record. It is a timeless album, it is a classic (despite it being sample based music) and whatever you listen to, it demands to be in your collection. There is a fine mix of funk (James Brown), chillout (prog rock samples!) and the best track of the lot, "The Number Song", featuring an utterly superb sample of "Orion" from Metallica's "Master Of Puppets" album. Thankfully, DJ Shadow retains his humility and refuses to spout pretentious "big-ups" to people he doesn't really like, and use stupid colloquial terms like "bangin' tune". That is the sort of guff that puts a lot of people off taking this music seriously. Seriously, even if you don't usually listen to this sort of music, do a System Of A Down and "Steal This Album", because it is a refreshing reminder that original and challenging (without being self-indulgent) musicians do exist.
I always find it strange when people talk about their favourite track on this album. The whole "experience" is what makes this album so good. There is not one stand out track: the whole thing plays like one continuous stand out track! The onslaught of almost maddening beats give way to sudden passages of tranquility that use each other to great effect through the contrast they produce. Playing like a modern day classical piece this is diverse and dark. Also like the best music it rewards repeated (even continuous) listening!
pure hip-hop. "Endtroducing..." is simply one of the most exhilariting albums ever created. you are forced to step back and listen to what DJ Shadow has accomplished. using only turntables for nearly the entire album, it is absolutely incredible the complexity and the depth of each tune. this is simply one of the finest albums of the 20th century, and will be regarded as the defining example of instrumental hip-hop. it is a benchmark upon which albums of such ilk shall be matched upon, but it's hard to conceive of anything ever challenging the throne of this royal record. it just has to be owned and treasured. you will without question find yourself listening to it again and again. each track is something different, and of a standard that most DJ's can only ever dream of reaching. but the strength of "Endtroducing..." is it's collective sound; the album as a whole. to demonstrate such blinding skill on one track is something, but to establish an everest-high standard, then proceed to match it from tracks 1-17 (on the uk realease) is something other-worldly. Faithless said, "God is a DJ". they're right. His name is DJ Shadow.
What more can I say about this epoch making album that hasn't been said already?Entroducing,for me is perhaps the greatest beat constructed audio journey ever committed to vinyl and cd.Dj Shadow has beautifully composed a mesmerising album of pure uncut bliss that awakens and reinvigorates the soul.Lush strings and spine tingling spaced out samples and sounds are fused like a match made in heaven with Shadow's penchant for sampling the deepest of drum patterns and heaviest of drum soaked breaks.Unlike many of his other contempories,Dj Shadow is more than simply a Dj,he's a musical genius and beat innovator and treats the sampler like a real instrument and has made sampling an art form.One could say that Dj Shadow is the Beethoven of sampling,ie,always challenging the boundaries of musical creativity and taking his form of music beyond the next level.I urge all discerning lovers of music to introduce themselves to Entroducing,your life will be enriched for it.
From the moment 'Best Foot Forward' introduces Shadow (aka San Fransisco born Josh Davis) as "just your favourite DJ saviour", you know it's going to be a rollercoaster ride. From the chilled out bliss of 'What Does Your Soul Look Like?' to the frantic beats of 'Stem', this is the sound of modern music being re-invented. It's not just his exquisite choice of samples, it's the revlutionary way he uses them to create completely new pieces of music. The standout track for me (and many others) has always been 'Midnight In A Perfect World', with its delicious female vocal draped over that fantastic hook which makes you weak at the knees every time you hear it. All that and a pounding beat added to the fray make it an absolutely killer tune. But having said that all the tracks on this album have a remarkably polished quality about them, even the slightly rawer 'Napalm Death', and Shadow has somehow managed to capture a spectrum of different moods and make them work on one album. There is no easy way to sum up this album, all I can do is plead that if you don't have it, you must buy it. It is the defining album of its kind for the nineties, and I believe it will in later years come to be regarded as one of the classics of all time.
occasionally, very occasionally someone makes a record that stops being simply pop music and redefines musical culture as we know it. Some even transcend music and just shift culture. Elvis did it, Hendrix did it, (in England) Sgt Pepper did it, The Stooges, Velvet Underground and Nico, Ellas Songbooks,Mingus Ah-um, The pistols, Bob Marley, Blue Lines, Nevermind, OK Computer maybe. (I could make a case for Saturday Night by Whigfield but if I did you wouldn't take me seriously) Endtroducing is a record that people will play in 30, 50 100 years time and it will still be ahead of its time, a bit like Mozarts 43, or Satie's Gymnopedies, The Rite of Spring, Charles Ives The Unanswered Question, Elgars Cello concerto, Good vibrations, Kind of Blue. Avant Garde usually signifies unlistenable, not Shadow. His avant garde is a culmination of his obvious mad love affair with the sound of sounds. If you like to hear stuff coming out of your speakers too then you should own it, embrace it and love it.