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Since We Last Spoke

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Rjd2 ~ Since We Last Spoke

1. Since We Last Spoke
2. Exotic Talk
3. Since '76
4. Ring Finger
5. Making Days Longer
6. Someone's Second Kiss
7. To All Of You
8. Iced Lightning
9. Clean Living
10. Intro
11. Through The Walls
12. One Day

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 18, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Definitive Jux
  • ASIN: B0001N6MMQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,071 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By P. Yudson on May 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
RJD2 makes his triumphant return to your waiting headphones with his sophomore disc, and breaks his own mold. The first thing you may notice on this album is the lack of guest MC's; RJ lets his productions shine in far more diverse ways without being limited to baselines and snares. The second thing you may notice is the variety of genres he bends throughout this 12 track adventure. In addition to the usual soul and blues influence that crosses over RJ's luscious intrumental landscapes, he moves into more rock and new age environments. However, don't let that fool you. Each song evolves slowly, so that as soon as you think you understand the style he's trying for he's turned the track into something different.
I honestly think Since We Last Spoke is even better than Deadringer for what it is. There is no filler here, only a generous helping of what loyal listeners and the uninitiated will love. Some people compare RJD2 to DJ Shadow, and with good reason since both artists are able to compose such soulful and diverse music through hip-hop, but the same comparison always puts RJ as the student and Shadow as the teacher. I've got news though; RJ is on his own learning curve and his evolution is going to be just as exciting to follow. Get this album, you will not be disappointed.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. McQueen on June 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
That's right -- musical masterpiece. RJD2 comes with a album that transcends funk.
This album uses synths, organs, electric guitars, trumpets, the piano, etc. With soft elegant vocals (both male and female) throughout the album.

I bought the album already thinking that I might not like it due to others' escription of it, but I was wrong. It is a compelling smooth groove based album.
It is not a beats album made to be MC'ed over.
This is not an album that you blast out of your car. It is a album that you listen to.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Twain on January 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Deadringer was an incredible album - a flurry of catchy hip-hop beats, electronic pulses and even some decent guest artists. Most of Rjd2's fans doubted his ability to come up with anything better - or at least more creative.

And then he came out with Since We Last Spoke. If Deadringer was a fresh, blue flame from a lit match, Since We Last Spoke is nothing short of a bonfire - a ferocious, in-your-face mass of energy that encompasses almost every electronic style in one unique style of its own. This isn't an album of beats that you can rap to, but rather one of songs that you can listen to.

When you first listen to Since We Last Spoke, you may feel like you're being thrown off a cliff - the sound screams out of speakers like a tiger shooting out of its gnawed cage. Take the title track, for example: it opens the album with sharp electronic blasts, and procedes with an array of ferocious electronic sounds that introduce the theme, which will keep you bobbing your head up and down for hours.

Songs like "Through the Walls" prove that Rjd2 can even do rock; Furthermore, he can do it a thousand times better than the generic snot-rockers in MTV's heavy rotation.

The album does have its low points ("Iced Lightning" and "Clean Living", in my opinion), but they don't come without the creativity that Rjd2 shows on the rest of the album. In other words, even his worst material is far more original that the majority of music on today's market. Besides, he makes up for the low points with "One Day" - a psychadelic hip-hop/electronic/rock finale that takes the Deadringer style and adds an endless amount of flavor, closing out the album with an exclamation point, as well as perhaps providing insight into the next Rjd2 (or Soul Position) album.

Like it or hate it, any listener will have to admit that the new Rjd2 album is unlike anything else mainstream; If Since We Last Spoke isn't taking music in the right direction, nothing is.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Manny Hernandez HALL OF FAME on October 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
What happens when you mix a bit of Gorillaz-type rock, with some Groove Armada/Basement Jaxx beats, throw in a tad of DJ Shadow spirits and spice things up with Neptures-level production? Sounds like a pastiche? Well, with a sound that mixes all the feels just described, applied to some carefully chosen samples, RJD2 has come up with the most fascinating eclectic album in a long time!

This has been my first exposure to his music (and certainly not the last one, after what I've heard). From the riffs in the opening title track, you realize you are not in front of a regular production. "Exotic Talk" starts out like a song by Gorillaz and takes on a life of its own with some grandieuse guitar and keys work. "1976" is one of the funkiest tracks on the album, with some contagious percussion and horns that will get you grooving. "Ringer Finger" toys with samples from a bossanova piece, distorting it to the point of making it tough to recognize. "Making Days Longer" is arguably the weakest piece in the album, but even so, it does not leave you unsatisfied.

When you feel the album can't get any better, the best is yet to come. "Someone's Second Kiss" (very reminiscent of DJ Shadow), "To All of You" (a fairly straight up R&B-based track), "Clean Living" (a very Groove Armada-like track), "Iced Lighting" and "Through the Walls" (the two most memorable moments in the album) are each incredible works. "One Day" takes it all back home with a sound that reminds of the Midas touch of the Neptunes (but without them present to work their magic).

In sum, with this third release, RJD2 has established himself as an act to keep our eyes on. Labeled by some as instrumental hip-hop (a term that sounds too limiting to me, to describe such a wide effort), this is, by far, one of the best albums released in 2004.
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