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Since We Last Spoke
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an interesting album. I didn't realize that the songs are "remixes" of other songs. I wasn't expecting that. I'm not a fan of every song. Read morePublished 19 months ago by shan
Not the best RJ can do... But still feel a couple tracks.Published on July 26, 2014 by rogelio tomas vincent
Who doesn't love RJD2, I need to keep collecting all his albums until my collection is complete. One of my favorite DJ's.Published on January 3, 2014 by Cooper
Great pressing at a great price! The music is superbly interesting, well thought out blend of everything, good sounds, solid listen. Read morePublished on May 19, 2013 by Sepp
The music on the album is great, really amazing stuff.
However when you buy an item thats labeled as brand new you shouldn't have to worry about it coming out sticky... Read more
If you're a fan of any kind of electronic music, this album is for you. RJD2 does it again with another awesome album that is as good when played as background music as it is when... Read morePublished on February 6, 2013 by Paul Juliano
This album is hands down my favorite album of all time. This album is what I aspire to be if that makes any sense. Read morePublished on June 5, 2012 by Chris B
"Since We Last Spoke" is a pleasing blend of electronic music, hip-hop, and throwback sounds. This is by far my favorite "Instrumental" (some tracks have vocals) album and still... Read morePublished on April 9, 2012 by Soisyourface