DJ Shadow
Endtroducing.....


5.0
classic

Review

by Ryan W. USER (25 Reviews)
October 4th, 2011 | 22 replies | 3,058 views


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: C'mon it's DJ Shadow

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

As you all know, the practical sampling genius named DJ Shadow has released his seemingly mixed fulfilled new installment, "The Less You Know, The Better". By this I mean some of the material came about has been achieved in a great way, then some of it is rather lacking. However Endtroducing is nowhere near coming close to that critique. Endtroducing is one of those albums where it really tells a story, and will keep you hooked for days, months, and even years.

The samples this man can round up is truly incredible. He summons up everything from Jazz, to Rock, To Metal. Within the samples, many of them deliver a brilliant atmosphere, and blusterous dark themes. Most of it is Instrumental, however a lot of vocal samples are here and there lurking.

Endtroducing starts off with "Building Steam With a Grain Of Salt", which is carried away by the monstrous roar of the violent piano, giving away to rich and bright chords heard seconds here and there. "The Number Song" is one of the more upbeat tunes, with the deep pulse of the synth, given away to a man settling away by giving out the number countdown as the time progresses. "Changeling *Transmission I* is a more mellow type of song, rolling on by giving out a strong and rich aquatic-noise sounds. Along with a hop-skippity drum like beat. "What Does Your Soul Look Like Pt I" is a very laidback type of groove. You get the eccentric bassline which is passed along with a somewhat high-pitched distorted-type of guitar or maybe a harp sound. Stem Long Stem is followed by a beautiful a light piano, filled with a wicked drum break every two or three minutes. Mutual Slump is one of the more lighter and more somehow emotional songs that is engulfed by a Bjork sample, that is perfect. A highly cymbal influenced drum beat is matched with it. Organ Donor is probably one of his more popular songs, despite only lasting a minute. Basically it's an atmospheric organ carrying away for most of it. Midnight in a Perfect World is definitely a highlight off of Endtroducing. The bright piano overlapping with the melancholy drum beat make the song have it's feel. Napalm Brain/Scatter Brain is a drum influenced song, with an amazing drum beat, and a huge broken beat carrying on throughout. The bassline is a as well superb. What Does Your Soul Look Like *Revisit moves on to a jazz influenced song, interfering with a brilliant drum fill/beat.

I mean really, Endtroducing is one of those albums that you will want to be listening to for a really long time. This album is literally perfect, not giving any bland, boring, or painful jams. I feel like this is extremely accessible, as it is pretty easy listening for the most part. In my opinion, none of his albums have lived up to what Endtroducing has came about. "The Less You Know, the Better" really doesn't set the mood for the insanity of his first release. And Endtroducing is a very tough album to pair up with.



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jefflebowski
October 4th 2011



6846 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Summary is perfect

KILL
October 4th 2011



67191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

m/

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
October 4th 2011



4231 Comments


I wonder who those two guys are in the cover

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Restrikted
October 4th 2011



1889 Comments


Yeah I've always wondered that too

ThespianLesbian
October 4th 2011



248 Comments


Those guys are hot

Restrikted
October 4th 2011



1889 Comments


      

Manic_
October 4th 2011



447 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

it's Lyrics Born (Latyrx) & Chief Xcel (Blackalicious).

YetAnotherBrick
October 4th 2011



4339 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Incredible album, may be a 5 for me someday

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Restrikted
October 4th 2011



1889 Comments


Someday=now

xfearbefore
October 4th 2011



1201 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Solid review dude. I always try to avoid using "I" or "in my opinion" or other first-person phrases and words when doing a critical review though, they rammed that "rule" down our throats in one of the creative writing classes I took in college and it's actually helped me whenever I write at least. Really good review though and this is indeed a perfect album.

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Restrikted
October 4th 2011



1889 Comments


Thanks man

pizzamachine
October 4th 2011



12568 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

A lot better than your last review! The first paragraph is clunky but whatevs.

Restrikted
October 4th 2011



1889 Comments


Thanks Pizza! Yeah it's a little awkward. All fix it some day haha

americanmusicmachine
October 4th 2011



3953 Comments


DJ COCKS

Scoot
October 5th 2011



17493 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 5th 2011



48579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Maybe some day
How did you 5 this so quick man?

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Scoot
October 5th 2011



17493 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

it's consumed me since first spin

the few albums that are like that in the world are worth an early 5

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 5th 2011



48579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That never happens to me

Scoot
October 5th 2011



17493 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

same thing happened with everything goes numb when i heard it earlier this year

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 5th 2011



48579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That was the only instant 5 I've ever had



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