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The Less You Know the Better

DJ Shadow - The Less You Know the Better
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2011 Ratings: #784 / 920
User Score
Based on 22 ratings
October 4, 2011 / Release Date
LP / Format
Roc-A-Fella / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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Drowned in Sound

This is more like a mixtape carefully assembled by somebody desperate to demonstrate the diversity of their musical tastes.


The Less You Know, the Better 
is equal parts frustrating and admirable; as the title suggests, don't bother.


Anyone who picks up The Less You Know has a right to be disappointed, especially considering the name of the artist on the spine.

Consequence of Sound

For an artist who lets as much time pass between albums as DJ Shadow does, his ideas shouldn’t feel as undercooked as they do here.


Whether The Less You Know was intended to reestablish Shadow as a musician, as a producer, or even as someone with decent taste, he misfires on all counts.

Before I review Our Pathetic Age, I need to talk about his album which is Pathetic Age but released in 2011 and is also 10 times better. The Less You Know the Better is like most DJ Shadow albums, it's structured like a mixtape, no real direction, and has a "DEEP" concept. This album is not like most of Shadow's projects, it's oddly well thought out and fully realized. Shadow isn't playing boomer politics on this one. He keeps it down to earth. Musically this album is everywhere. From ... read more
Yeah this was just so painful. Not just cause of the low quality, more so because of the disappointment. Endtroducing is one of my favorite albums of all time and it really does hurt to see an artist with so much talent not unitlize it to it's potential. This album is just a collection of tracks with very little relation to each other or anything interesting going on. Shadow explores many genres but it is not really a good thing. Rather than melding genres and experimenting he just allocates ... read more
This is how the albums of musicians, who can not face the "new times" and create a mix of kitsch and old music
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Track List

  1. Back To Front (Circular Logic) 
  2. Border Crossing 
  3. Stay The Course 
  4. I've Been Trying 
  5. Sad And Lonely 
  6. Warning Call 
  7. Tedium 
  8. Enemy Lines 
  9. Going Nowhere 
  10. Redeemed 
  11. Run For Your Life 
  12. Give Me Back The Nights 
  13. I Gotta Rokk 
  14. Scale It Back 
  15. Circular Logic (Front To Back) 
  16. (Not So) Sad And Lonely
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Added on: September 22, 2011