AOTY 2021

Our Pathetic Age

DJ Shadow - Our Pathetic Age
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2019 Ratings: #681 / 770
User Score
Based on 148 ratings
2019 Ratings: #892
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A.V. Club

Challenging, dark, and ambitious, this may be the most baldly confrontational and alienating work the artist has ever produced.


Perhaps not one for the casual fan, but there’s plenty to unpack for the long-time admirer. 

Rolling Stone

Featuring Nas, Pharoahe Monch and members of the Wu-Tang Clan, the most recent dispatch from Josh Davis looks backward while moving his sound forward.

Slant Magazine

Shadow ... manages to get some strong work out of both himself and his guests, and he deserves credit for not trying to merely recreate the same trick over and over.

Loud and Quiet

Not a flawless expedition, but a diverting one.

Typing this on my phone cause I love mocking this dumb album's existence.

When it comes to reviews, I generally keep things as serious/mature as I can and not act too childish, but when you get such an atrocious release week with albums like this, and much much worse, I think it's fair for me to say:

This week was pee pee poo poo.

Consider this as my YUNO Review session. Was not interested in making full reviewz.

This album:
You've seen the "ok boomer" jokes, you saw the ... read more
ok boomer
Hey look! The cover has someone holding an iPhone, and the album is called "Our Pathetic Age". DJ Shadow is so woke rn omg!

As of writing this, I haven't listened to "Endtroducing..." yet. But I don't think that highly-praised record would be this... dull. The first half of this record, while it contains a few fun highlights, mostly resorts to disappointingly cheap production and meh sampling. The second half fairs much better, with the production mostly being a step-up and ... read more
Ah crap, looks like DJ Shadow’s a boomer. Looks like Cosmogramma’s my favourite album now
So...Run the Jewels have been the best part about two different records this year, so if RTJ4 could just fucking drop already that’d be great.

This double record is a slog. The first half of pretty much just beats and samples is boring as shit. Nothing really stands out. Once the features come in, it stays pretty stagnant, save for RTJ and the track before that, JoJo’s World ft. Stro. Taxin’ is decent but it doesn’t need to be on here twice. I don’t think a double ... read more
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Track List

  1. Nature Always Wins
  2. Slingblade
  3. Intersectionality
  4. Beauty, Power, Motion, Life, Work, Chaos, Law
  5. Juggernaut
  6. Firestorm
  7. Weightless
  8. Rosie
  9. If I Died Today
  10. My Lonely Room
  11. We Are Always Alone
  12. Drone Warfare (feat. Nas & Pharoahe Monch)
  13. Rain on Snow (feat. Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah & Raekwon)
  14. Rocket Fuel (feat. De La Soul)
  15. C.O.N.F.O.R.M. (feat. The Gift of Gab, Lateef the Truth Speaker & Infamous Taz)
  16. Small Colleges (Stay with Me) [feat. Wiki & Paul Banks]
  17. JoJo's Word (feat. Stro)
  18. Kings & Queens (feat. Run the Jewels)
  19. Taxin' (feat. Dave East)
  20. Dark Side of the Heart (feat. Fantastic Negrito & Jumbo Is Dr.Ama)
  21. I Am Not a Robot
  22. Urgent, Important, Please Read (feat. Rockwell Knuckles, Tef Poe & Daemon)
  23. Our Pathetic Age (feat. Sam T. Herring)
  24. Been Use Ta (feat. Pusha T)
  25. Taxin' (feat. Dave East) [Long Version]
  26. Two Notes (feat. Barny Fletcher)

Year End Lists

#14/Good Morning America
#80/Les Inrocks
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Added on: September 20, 2019