Review Summary: C'mon it's DJ Shadow2 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.