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It's not genius, but my God it's intelligent,
This review is from: The Outsider (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.