The Outsider (DJ Shadow album)

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The Outsider
Studio album by DJ Shadow
Released September 19, 2006
Genre Various
Length Variable
Label Universal / Island
Producer DJ Shadow
DJ Shadow chronology
Live! In Tune and on Time
(2004)
The Outsider
(2006)
The Less You Know, the Better
(2011)

The Outsider is the third full-length studio album by DJ Shadow, released on September 19, 2006 on Universal / Island. The album departs dramatically from DJ Shadow's signature sound; it covers a large range of styles and genres, including hyphy, indie rock, blues, spoken word, punk rock and pop rap. Upon release, The Outsider received mixed reviews.

History[edit]

DJ Shadow is quoted as saying:

There're songs on this album that I think blow away almost anything else I've ever done. I think song for song it's the best album I've ever made. One thing's for sure – it's going to make it very difficult for people to imitate my sound!

Speaking to The Skinny Magazine, on the eve of The Outsiders release, Davis elaborated further on its direction:[1]

I just sat down to make a record that reflected what I like and the type of music that I care about. Being from and living in the Bay Area, I sort of fell in to listening to Hyphy stuff, and it’s the most potent type of rap that the Bay Area has come up with since the early 90s. So it was really exciting when it came along and rather than do what I would probably have done in the past and go ‘well gee, I’m a guy who mainly works with samples, so I guess this is just gonna pass me by,’ I embraced it.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 62/100 [2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
BBC Collective 3/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly B− [5]
Robert Christgau (dud)[6]
Okayplayer 3/5 stars [7]
Pitchfork Media 5.8/10 [8]
PopMatters 7/10[9]
Stylus Magazine D[10]
musicOMH 4/5 stars [11]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4/5 stars [12]
Uncut 4/5 stars [13]
Q Magazine 3/5 stars [14]
RapReviews 7/10 stars [15]
Prefix Magazine 7/10 stars [16]

Track listings[edit]

UK CD version[edit]

  1. "Outsider Intro"
  2. "This Time (I'm Gonna Try It My Way)"
  3. "3 Freaks" featuring Keak Da Sneak & Turf Talk
  4. "Droop-E Drop"
  5. "Turf Dancing" featuring The Federation & Animaniaks
  6. "Keep Em Close" featuring Nump
  7. "Seein' Thangs" featuring David Banner
  8. "Broken Levee Blues"
  9. "Artifact (Instrumental)"
  10. "Skullfuckery" featuring The Heliocentrics
  11. "Backstage Girl" featuring Phonte Coleman
  12. "Triplicate / Something Happened That Day"
  13. "The Tiger" featuring Sergio Pizzorno & Christopher Karloff
  14. "Erase You" featuring Chris James
  15. "What Have I Done" featuring Christina Carter
  16. "You Made It" featuring Chris James
  17. "Enuff" featuring Q-Tip & Lateef the Truthspeaker
  18. "Dats My Part" featuring E-40

UK Limited Edition CD + DVD version[edit]

  1. "Outsider Intro"
  2. "This Time (I'm Gonna Try It My Way)"
  3. "3 Freaks" featuring Keak Da Sneak & Turf Talk
  4. "Droop-E Drop"
  5. "Turf Dancing" featuring The Federation & Animaniaks
  6. "Keep Em Close" featuring Nump
  7. "Seein' Thangs" featuring David Banner
  8. "Broken Levee Blues"
  9. "Artifact (Instrumental)"
  10. "Backstage Girl" featuring Phonte Coleman
  11. "Triplicate / Something Happened That Day"
  12. "The Tiger" featuring Sergio Pizzorno & Christopher Karloff
  13. "Erase You (Long Version)" featuring Chris James
  14. "What Have I Done" featuring Christina Carter
  15. "Triplicate Part 3"
  16. "You Made It" featuring Chris James
  17. "Enuff" featuring Q-Tip & Lateef The Truth Speaker
  18. "Dats My Part" featuring E-40

DVD - Tour Visuals

  1. "Seein' Thangs"
  2. "The Tiger"
  3. "Erase You"
  4. "Triplicate"
  5. "Behind The Scenes Of The Making Of The Video: "3 Freaks"

U.S. CD version[edit]

  1. "Outsider Intro"
  2. "This Time (I'm Gonna Try It My Way)"
  3. "3 Freaks" featuring Keak Da Sneak & Turf Talk
  4. "Droop-E Drop"
  5. "Turf Dancing" featuring The Federation & Animaniaks
  6. "Keep Em Close" featuring Nump
  7. "Seein' Thangs" featuring David Banner
  8. "Broken Levee Blues"
  9. "Artifact (Instrumental)"
  10. "Backstage Girl" featuring Phonte Coleman
  11. "Triplicate / Something Happened That Day"
  12. "The Tiger" featuring Sergio Pizzorno & Christopher Karloff
  13. "Erase You" featuring Chris James
  14. "What Have I Done" featuring Christina Carter
  15. "You Made It" featuring Chris James
  16. "Enuff" featuring Q-Tip & Lateef The Truth Speaker
  17. "Dats My Part" featuring E-40
  18. "3 Freaks (Droop-E Remix)" featuring Mistah F.A.B., Turf Talk, Keak Da Sneak

The album also included two DRM-protected downloadable bonus tracks if purchased from Best Buy in the U.S.: "Erase You (Long Version)" and "Triplicate Part 3".

Japan CD version[edit]

  1. "Outsider Intro"
  2. "This Time (I'm Gonna Try It My Way)"
  3. "3 Freaks" featuring Keak Da Sneak & Turf Talk
  4. "Droop-E Drop"
  5. "Turf Dancing" featuring The Federation & Animaniaks
  6. "Keep Em Close" featuring Nump
  7. "Seein Thangs" featuring David Banner
  8. "Broken Levee Blues"
  9. "Artifact (Instrumental)"
  10. "Backstage Girl" featuring Phonte Coleman
  11. "Triplicate / Something Happened That Day"
  12. "The Tiger" featuring Sergio Pizzorno & Christopher Karloff
  13. "Erase You" featuring Chris James
  14. "What Have I Done" featuring Christina Carter
  15. "You Made It" featuring Chris James
  16. "Enuff" featuring Q-Tip & Lateef the Truth Speaker
  17. "Dats My Part" featuring E-40
  18. "Purple Grapes" featuring The Team
  19. "3 Freaks - Video" featuring Keak Da Sneak & Turf Talk

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kerr, Dave (13 September 2006). "DJ Shadow: What became of the other man from UNKLE". The Skinny (Scotland). 
  2. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/the-outsider
  3. ^ Bush, John. "DJ Shadow: The Outsider > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
  4. ^ Clarke, Paul (14 September 2006). "DJ Shadow: The Outsider". BBC Collective. 
  5. ^ Kot, Greg (15 September 2006). "The Outsider (2006): DJ Shadow". Entertainment Weekly (Time) (#898). ISSN 1049-0434. 
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert. "DJ Shadow". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Duncan, Miles. "DJ Shadow: The Outsider". Okayplayer. Archived from the original on 17 October 2006. 
  8. ^ Linhardt, Alex (19 September 2006). "DJ Shadow: The Outsider". Pitchfork Media. 
  9. ^ O'Neil, Tim (27 September 2006). "DJ Shadow: The Outsider". PopMatters. 
  10. ^ Macdonald, Cameron (18 September 2006). "DJ Shadow: The Outsider". Stylus Magazine. 
  11. ^ http://www.musicomh.com/albums/dj-shadow_0906.htm
  12. ^ http://www.tinymixtapes.com/music-review/dj-shadow-outsider
  13. ^ Oct 2006, p.104
  14. ^ Sep 2006, p.106
  15. ^ http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2006_10_outsider.html
  16. ^ http://www.prefixmag.com/reviews/dj-shadow/the-outsider/15434/

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