Endtroducing...

DJ Shadow - Endtroducing...
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
1996 Ratings: #1 / 64
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1996 Ratings: #3
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

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.

100
PopMatters
It stands as an unparalleled achievement, the likes of which we may never see again.
100
Pitchfork
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.
100
Sputnikmusic
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.
100
Slant Magazine
DJ Shadow is indeed an accomplished changeling, shifting from jazz aficionado to film composer to magnum turntablist in a matter of moments.
90
Spin

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

80
NME
DJ Shadow calls it hip-hop. We'll settle for groovy.
Liljc
NR
Narduwar and MC ride on the cover.
PipePanic
96
EDIT: 🚨 FUCK YOU 🚨

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
BradTasteMusic
95
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
MasterCrackfox
97
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
cakenator
80
I really enjoyed most of these tracks. Only real bummer was napalm brain, was way too prolonged. The samples are good and they are brought together in a great way. This is better than since I left you.

favorite track: building steam with a grain of salt
least favorite track: napalm brain/scatter brain
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Added on: May 5, 2012