DJ Shadow - Endtroducing...
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Based on 8 reviews
1996 Ratings: #1 / 63
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1996 Ratings: #3
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Using hip-hop, not only its rhythms but its cut-and-paste techniques, as a foundation, Shadow created a deep, endlessly intriguing world on Endtroducing, one where there are no musical genres, only shifting sonic textures and styles.

It stands as an unparalleled achievement, the likes of which we may never see again.
Building the album from samples of lost funk classics and bad horror soundtracks, Shadow crossed the real with the ethereal, laying heavy, sure-handed beats under drifting, staticky textures, friendly ghost voices, and chords whose sustain evokes the vast hereafter.
Not only a hugely innovative album, but also one that reaches heights of musical perfection that few others can approach, this fully deserves 5 stars.
Slant Magazine
DJ Shadow is indeed an accomplished changeling, shifting from jazz aficionado to film composer to magnum turntablist in a matter of moments.

Entroducing practically folds you into its symphonic fantasia, the coming-of-age story of a 24-year-old bunk-bed dreamer.

DJ Shadow calls it hip-hop. We'll settle for groovy.
Narduwar and MC ride on the cover.

When I popped this on for the first time, I had no idea what to expect. From the near cult perfection status this record has created, it seemed like this record was larger then life itself.  So, what's all the hullabaloo about DJ Shadow, I thought? Is this as timeless as I was expecting?

What I got was not what I was expecting, but yes. Yes yes yes.

Essentially, this is a group of tightly knotted and high quality beats made by a extremely creative and passionate ... read more
Listened to this for the first time due to a suggestion. This just feels like an album everyone should hear at least once.

The magic of the album starts with every single sound being a sample, but the real enjoyment I have gotten has come from the easy listening nature of this album. I have had it on repeat for the last 4 hours and it has just hugged my ears and serenaded my ear drums nonstop.

The sound is fantastic. It is dreamy, and soft. It has amazing texture and sound play. Don’t ... read more
Hip hop music had a rich history long before DJ Shadow introduced (pun intended) himself to the scene with his debut album. From the early golden age to NWA's hardcore hip hop sound to the inception of the East Coast/West Coast wars, hip hop was fleshing itself out and evolving into the genre that we know today, full of subgenres and new innovators. Prior to Endtroducing... hip hop was, understandably, guided by the rap schemes, political messages, and infectious and bopping flows that big time ... read more
before this record, there was very little like this out there. based off of samples and how they can be mixed together, Endtroducing is a revolutionary album musically. but in my opinion, it doesnt have enough risks taken. some 5 minute songs repeat the same beat thirty times without changing much, and that just bores me. many tracks could have been cut right in half and kept the flow of the record perfectly. Shadow made some very fresh and innovative rhythms, like on Mutual Slump, but ... read more
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Track List

  1. Best Foot Forward 
  2. Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt 
  3. The Number Song 
  4. Changeling 
  5. What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 4) 
  6. Untitled 
  7. Stem/Long Stem 
  8. Mutual Slump 
  9. Organ Donor 
  10. Why Hip-Hop Sucks In '96 
  11. Midnight In A Perfect World 
  12. Napalm Brain/Scatter Brain 
  13. What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 1 - Blue Sky Revisit)
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Added on: May 5, 2012