our score: 3.5 out of 5.0
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Quannum (Solesides), DJ Shadow, Josh Davis.
One man, many
faces, many innovations. Like the man, Davis's music is based
largely on samples from several influences, including hip-hop,
electronica, rock, r&b, soul, and alternative. It's as though
he views music like technology, he may not come up with tool,
but he finds new ways to use what has already been developed;
the art of sample based music.
With his third
full release as DJ Shadow, The Private Press, Davis asserts
himself as an artist ever pushing the envelope in his genre, and
in musical creativity as whole. In "Giving Up The Ghost"
Shadow relies on his characteristic organ. But this time around
he layers it well beneath a driving snare and bass drum, which
is further masked by a feather-light picked guitar. The combination
results in an exhaustive contrast between light and dark, good
and evil. "Six Days" continues with the darker side,
exploring the grim look of war.
half of Private Press introduces the listener to a more
energetic and playful DJ Shadow, with the break heavy "Right
Thing/GDMFSOB" and the high strung "Mashin' On The Motorway."
Press does not contain any single standout cut. Each individual
listener, however, will associate themselves with certain elements
of the album, depending on their musical background. With Private
Press, Davis continues his quest to inspire listeners and
liked Private Press...
Letter From Home
2. Fixed Income
3. Un Autre Introduction
4. Walkie Talkie
5. Giving Up The Ghost
6. Six Days
8. ...Meets His Maker
9. Right Thing/GDMFSOB
11. Mashin On The Motorway
12. Blood On The Motorway
13. You Can't Go Home Again
14. Letter From Home