Our Pathetic Age

DJ Shadow - Our Pathetic Age
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2019 Ratings: #545 / 634
User Score
Based on 124 ratings
2019 Ratings: #1216
November 15, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
A.V. Club

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

70
Clash

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

70
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.

70
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.

60
Loud and Quiet

Not a flawless expedition, but a diverting one.

Inglume
40
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
Plats
58
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
Jebus
NR
ok boomer
TommyCook
50
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
KengojiUltamYT
25
Our Pathetic Age more like I Pathetic Album. Shadows actively avoided the point of his project again. The first 11 tracks are some of the worst music he has released in his entire. The painfully lazy minimalism makes the first half a complete pain to listen to. The second half is better, but only in the fact that it's listenable. Rocket Fuel, Kings & Queens, and the title track are pretty good. I can't say much about this. The more Shadow tries to experiment, it clearly shows that he is not ... 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)
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Added on: September 20, 2019