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  • Audio CD (October 4, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella
  • ASIN: B0050CK5N0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,930 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Back To Front (Circular Logic)
2. Border Crossing
3. Stay The Course
4. I've Been Trying Travelogue
5. Sad And Lonely
6. Warning Call
7. Tedium
8. Enemy Lines
9. Going Nowhere
10. Redeemed
11. Run For Your Life
12. Give Me Back The Nights
13. I Gotta Rokk
14. Scale It Back
15. Circular Logic (Front To Back)
16. (Not So) Sad And Lonely [Bonus Track]

Editorial Reviews

2011 release, the fourth proper album from the producer, DJ and turntablist. The Less You Know The Better is his first studio effort since 2006's The Outsider. The album features guest appearances from Talib Kweli, De La Soul's Posdnuos, Little Dragon's Yukimi Nagano, Afrikan Boy and Tom Vek.

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I've been listening to it for several days and it has so much flavor.
ETAV8R
I've been listening to it for weeks now, and I can wholeheartedly tell you that this album is definitely worth your time if you're a fan of DJ Shadow.
Terran Casey
It's too bad "I'm Excited" couldn't make the final cut due to copywrite issues...that song bangs.
Bradd M. Quinn

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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Elan Bodwick on November 6, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Such a shame that shadow continues to stray from what he truly masters- which whether he likes it or not is his mastery of the downtempo vibe. Whenever he strays from this template often the result is like bad unkle outakes- inept uptempo throwaway rock and electronic songs that sound like the rest of the industry. Every slower paced song on here is great- like ive been trying- scale back- sad and lonely and a few other instrumental numbers- etc! Then the bad metal riffs kick in with the frantic drum and bass or whatever new name they call the same beats these days featuring some trendy singer that unkle has driven into the ground! Shadow is still haunted by the quality of endtroducing- ironically he has shown he can match or even improve upon that masterpiece! Im all for change and experimenting but when the change is bad ill take the safe quality route every time. We get it shadow- you like all kinds of music- but the truth is you do one thing very well- perhaps better than anyone- i would hope he would come to terms with what he excels at!

In the end with track skipping we have a very good half album- the other half he should have sent to Unkle who suffer from the same dilemna- denying their strengths! Most artists mellow out with bad results as they get older- in shadows case this fate would be a good thing
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Erik Russell Olson on December 9, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Endtroducing is both the best and the worst thing you can think about when you listen to The Less You Know, The Better. (I thought for a bit about how long I could write a review of this album without mentioning that album, and then I realized I might as well get it out of the way as quickly as possible.) DJ Shadow's main idea in making TLYKTB is that we tend to color everything we see with expectations and prejudices we may not even be aware of, or maybe we are aware of them, but don't really care. There is no such thing as being objective and clear-headed. Instead, we either embrace or shun the new according to a narrow and intellectually lazy set of presuppositions: "Shadow is supposed to be Trip-Hop," or "This album has no beats," or whatever. Well, it turns out that all of that is just a lot of noise.

I bought this album on the day of its release and have been listening to it steadily ever since. Not every hour of every day, but a lot. And I have to say it is a pretty strong offering from an artist who refuses to be painted into a corner, labeled, or otherwise marginalized by small minds. Otherwise, I would not keep coming back to TLYKTB the way I always do with DJ Shadow's albums.

Admittedly, I have avoided Outsider because it appeared to latch on to the more aggressive and alienating elements of Hip-Hop. Maybe I will give it a try one day. But my core belief (presupposition, you could call it) is that DJ Shadow has always been about experimentation and atmosphere created out of samples. Not necessarily fast or slow, or 1970's or 1980's, or of any particular genre.
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ on October 6, 2011
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If you were disappointed, or completely stunned, by DJ Shadow's last issue, 2006's Outsider, you're not alone. There are two camps: those wanting another experimental, Steve Reich imbued Endtroducing, or those wanting Shadow to blow you away with something different--extraordinary surprise. Outsider fit half two of the bill: an album that seemed like less of an album and more of a compilation of experiments: hip hop, soul, grinding rock, about twenty great everythings but the kitchen sink and common thread. I am still digging for new sounds and scratching my head at once.

With Shadow, you are either one of those people you bought Entroducing in '96, and there it sits with dusted case copies of Nevermind and Ten or you are in deep. Real deep! Shadow owns at last count 60,000 LPs, and spends years digging through and layering those to give us what may be the most textured, full-sounded music currently out there. So far on The Less You Know, I've found a loop from Miles Davis Live-Evil, and the thought that Shadow and I share at least one semi-cult classic album gives me the rush all-a-goose-pimply.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 4, 2011
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Update 10-10-11

Seems the corrupt MP3 files have been corrected. All is well.

Great album! Sound-wise, I feel this one sits somewhere just between Private Press and Pre-Emptive Strike.
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