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Outsider

DJ ShadowAudio CD
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 19, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • ASIN: B000HCO8IG
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,619 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The underground legend returns! Shadow's unparalleled musical contributions have and continue to play a crucial role in the development and mastering of genre blending music. His list of collaborations include works with Dr. Octagon, U.N.K.L.E., Thom Yorke, Cut Chemist and many more... ''The Outsider'' is a record that will confound those who believed they had Shadow pigeonholed. Working with several different vocalists, in styles spanning everything from hyphy, the Bay Area's newest hip hop hybrid, to folk; from aggressive hardcore rock to left-field alternative dance music, the album is an almost schizophrenic collection from an artist to whom loving music and making music are just two sides of the same coin. Long-term fans need have nothing to fear - his power to conjure and affect an emotion by collaging samples, voices and fragments of long-forgotten recorded dialogue remains undimmed.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "The Outsider" produced mixed results... September 19, 2006
By Ding
Format:Audio CD
DJ Shadow's newest release "The Outsider" proves itself to be the very definition of a mixed bag. In all honesty, I can't think of another release by a single artist that is as all over the map genre-wise as this CD is. Of course, comments by Shadow himself in advance of this release hinted at this being the case, but man if it doesn't make it a jarring listen. His other two proper albums felt like unified works meant to be listened to all at once, but this one feels like a poorly constructed mix CD. The first 3 tracks alone bear this out. The intro sets an ominous tone that gives way to almost sunny sounding by comparison soul of "This Time", which then transitions to the manic hip-hop of "3 Freaks". At that point most listeners will find themselves scratching their heads. I can respect an artist trying to expand his creative palette to include music he himself enjoys, but some cohesion would've surely improved the experience. I agree with the other reviewers saying rock fans will probably hate the rap and vice versa, so people considering buying the album should try before they buy.

I am a huge fan of "Endtroducing" and "Private Press", and echo the disappointment of others who waited 4 years to receive this album that is pretty much nothing like his other 2. That being said, expectations should never get in the way of reviewing music on its own terms, and that's what I'm attempting to do here. There are tracks that rise above the others, such as the aforementioned "This Time", which seems like his only attempt at resembling his earlier work, and it does so admirably.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why hip hop sucks in 2006 October 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Am I confused here? Did I just give DJ Shadow 1 star?

I sure did. I am not a "I like your old stuff better than your new stuff" zealot, but I have my limits. This is just terrible, piss-weak crunk trash. I really dont have anything else to say about this other than thank god that I can still turn to Diplo and RJD2 to help me forget i heard this.

Please DJ Shadow - come back to us and ditch this daarrrty soouuth crap!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars scatterbrain September 29, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Let's get one thing out of the way. This isn't an album. It's a collection of songs, much more in the tradition of, say, Quannum's "Spectrum," and more eclectic even than the first UNKLE album Shadow did. Where it fails is that it doesn't work as an album, and--unlike Shadow's previous two records--there are really a couple throwaway cuts here. Where it does work is that most of the material on it is just flat-out good. So I advise those who are slamming it and those who are about to do so to take another listen. There is some excellent material here.

The opening number has the usual Shadow intro cut mystique. The second cut, This Time, is a solid MoTown takeoff. From there the album goes into some well-produced hip hop numbers that could easily fit in with anything in the Top 40 if the guest MCs were a bit better known. These aren't as creative as Mashin' on the Motorway, and the beats lack the timeless, soulful beauty of earlier Shadow cuts, but they are solid and fun nonetheless, and prove that Shadow could be a regular on the radio if he wanted to be.

The middle of the album is where it suffers a bit. That punk-driven Artifact song, what is it really? Broken levee blues has some nice guitar work but something more probably could have been done with it. Backstage Girl is a pretty good bit of hip-hop storytelling but it probably shouldn't be 7 minutes long. What Have I Done has a beautiful, haunting arrangement but the arty spoken-word vocals are kitschy.

The latter stages of the album go into some poprock and a smoother hip-hop number that's straight outta Quannum (Enuff). The Chris James tracks are like UNKLE meets Coldplay. (From this reviewer's perspective, that's a good thing, although not everyone might think so.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not good September 23, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I was really disappointed in this album, but I can't say it was totally unexpected. Outsider is completely different than other Shadow album and he should at least be credited with doing something different than he's done before, but the album just has too many problems with it to be considered good. Maybe my standards are higher than other's, but here's some reasons why Outsider is crap..

Hyphy and crunk, for the most part, sucks. This may seem like an opinion, but it's a fact: this stuff is simple, contrived party music. It's intentionally shallow. It's whole purpose is to be the party song of the month or whatever and then to be forgotten. So, half the album is automatically garbage..

Lame rapping. Again, my standards may be higher than others, but I've heard so many amazing emcees that crap like this makes me wonder how these guys manage to make a living.. And I have as many fond memories of Q-tip as the next, but I would hope this crap is not his second coming..

Lack of cohesion. The intro sets the stage for some darkness and six straight party songs follow. Then some blues guitar and some fast drums. Then later there's some dude who sounds like the Coldplay guy.. Basically, Outsider sounds like two or three different eps crammed together.

So, any Shadow fan who doesn't know by now:

Do not automatically buy this album because of who made it. Give it a listen first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding album
First off I want to say both endroducing... and Private press are masterpieces. I really thought outsider was an amazing album and all this talk about commercialism is nonsense. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jesse Capps
5.0 out of 5 stars "she approached me with a smirk"
as usual, shadow is money yet eludes many listeners. this is a real style of fusion that shows mastery and eclecticism.
Published 23 months ago by A. Brick
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible!
I was extremely skeptical when I first read that DJ Shadow and E-40 were making a track together. This album is just bad, but luckily for DJ Shadow he gets a pass this time because... Read more
Published on May 17, 2012 by dubz_reasons
5.0 out of 5 stars Matter of taste, but really! Outsider is great!
Shadow's popular reviewed cd's are good. But 'Outsider' is in my opinion his best. Best beats, more variety, really good flow and songs. Give it a try. Five stars in my view. Read more
Published on February 2, 2012 by Adi Tonn
3.0 out of 5 stars DJ Shadow - The Outsider
DJ Shadow goes hyphy! _The Outsider_ represents a departure in sound for him, even if the the spoken word intro promises something ominous and "This Time" is a piece of sunny... Read more
Published on April 7, 2011 by scoundrel
1.0 out of 5 stars If you have an open mind, this still marked the end of DJ Shadow as we...
It was a terrible musical mistake to attempt to create a commercial-sounding album for the first 8 songs, and try to recover the underground support with the last few tracks. Read more
Published on May 15, 2010 by Justin H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Is it really DJ Shadow?
Well, after amazing "Endtroducing" and "The Private Press" I was expecting something more. DJ Shadow abandoned his uniqe style of his first records while making this album. Read more
Published on December 17, 2009 by Tomasz Kolodziejczak
1.0 out of 5 stars this album is a steaming pile
I loved "Endtroducing" and "Private Press" so buying this one seemed like a no-brainer. Learn from my mistake, avoid this one at all costs! Read more
Published on November 19, 2009 by B. Foxworth
3.0 out of 5 stars good
What is my beloved DJ Shadow DOING here? This does not mean stop doing it: It means, shead some light on this album. Read more
Published on August 7, 2009 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
2.0 out of 5 stars Defying what he does best
2 1/2

This album caused a collective "What the ??" upon release, but in retrospect seemed an obvious step from an already semi-turgid PP. Read more
Published on January 29, 2009 by IRate
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Leaked yet?
i got the promo copy, and if you are expecting endtroducing type stuff, you will not like it. if you like bay area hyphy club music, you will enjoy this. and yes its been leaked for awhile now.
Sep 4, 2006 by arlo_banks |  See all 5 posts
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