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I'm fighting Shadow's' corner
on 4 November 2006
To claim this album is 'dissapointing', as a few reviewers have, is to form a review based on your feelings towards Shadow's previous work. Your review of The Outsider, then, becomes act of comparison rather than an objective commentary. If you approach this album with an open mind then it's impossible to call it anything less than good.
As the name 'The Outsider' should indicate Shadow won't be confined to one genre by anyone. If he had been afraid then 'Endtroducing...' would never have been made. I'm not saying The Outsider is as groundbreaking as 'Endtroducing...' was, but I am saying that to be a pioneer is to change, constantly, and sometimes it won't work out as you planned, but that is the price you pay. He didn't ask for praise in the first place and he doesn't want it now.
I always think of the opening words on 'Building steam...' from Endtroducing:
"I'd like to just continue to be able to express myself as best as I can with this instrument, and I feel like I have a lot of work to do. Still, I'm a student - of the drums, and i'm also a teacher of the drums too"