Endtroducing..... Review.....SwagFlicks Best song: ALL OF THEM
Worst song: NONE OF THEM
This is greatest album of all time, bar none.
DJ Shadow is the greatest producer that has ever lived (unless his other, more mediocre albums - from what I've heard - change my mind) and this is his magnum opus. Oddly enough, this was also the first album to be recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the first completely sampled album.
Here we have an opening, Best Foot Forward, where it's essentially the introduction of DJ Shadow doing what he does best. Taking various samples and combining them to create a nice opener. It's full of voice samples and record scratching, creating a nice, fun mood to reel in the listener. Then, Building Steam With a Grain of Salt begins with a nice piano piece. It then gradually builds into a dreamy, yet moody choral "ah". It then starts to glitch up for a bit and then builds into an epic bubbly electric guitar. Then, the palindromic sh*t happens. It glitches up yet again, then goes back into the piano piece. And yet, it seems so flawless- nay, it is flawless.
The next song begins, The Number Song. It's just a fun, hard-hitting song with great drums, record scratching and the numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4 repeated by various people throughout the song. Changeling then begins, which is a nocturnal boom-bapish piece with dreamy samples. Then, the first transmission begins, which is dark, atmospheric, and downright terrifying. It's still great, though.
What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 4) then starts, which has an amazing sample that plays throughout the entire song (can't tell if it's a bass or a guitar), amazing horns, and this deep voice interjecting at some points. The voice should've ruined the song, but the instrumental is just something else. It's just a laid-back song you're meant to relax to. The untitled track is meh compared to the rest of the album, but it's backed by some nice samples.
Then we get into the meat of the album. I've said this before, and I'll say it again until a new song overtakes it: Stem is the greatest song to have ever existed. "This is the greatest song to have ever existed. I'm not kidding when I say EVERYTHING about this song is perfect. The calm, yet empty mood that introduces the song, both barrages of frantic drums, the violins, the voice samples, the ending notes; literally everything about this song works." Long Stem follows right after, with a twinkly, yet ominous organ leading the song into a great work of samples, although it would've been up there with Stem if a. Stem had been worse, or b. Long Stem would've been better than it was.
The second transmission switches moods like genderfluid ('tis a joke), starting off with somewhat of a Loveless feel, as it's dreamy to the point where I want to doze off, but can't because it's so captivating. It then proceeds to switch into the first transmission mood, where it feels... kind of heartbreaking, to be honest.
Mutual Slump and Organ Donor are both great songs; with the former being a wild experience filled with paranoia, the latter being kind of a remix of Long Stem, except more interesting. Then we get into Why Hip Hop Sucks in '96, a fun beat with the phrase "it's the money" uttered, backing up the claim the song title itself was making.
Midnight In A Perfect World is arguably one of the best songs on the record, being a slow, more dreamy version of the first part of the second transmission, yet still managing to have somewhat of an upbeat vibe. Napalm Brain/Scatter Brain is arguably the most serious song on the album (besides Stem, of course), along with being the second best one. The voice samples are just some of the most peaceful sh*t you will ever hear, with a backcountry-esque vibe to it. As the song progresses, the beat gets more frantic and impatient, leading to the implied meaning of what just happened - this song is the feeling when a nuclear bomb goes off. Why do you think it's called what it is?
The final song, What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 1 - Blue Sky Revisit), is a fitting way to end the album. It's a nice, well-made track, with plenty of variety to keep it alive, with some jazz and boom-bap elements thrown in there.
So yeah, this gets a 20/10. Yeah, you tend to get that score if you manage to have the greatest song of all time, along with some other songs to back it up.
This is SwagFlicks, and I got Atrocity Exhibition, Run The Jewels (in general), The Low End Theory, Paul's Boutique, and Lift Yr. Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven to cover next, plus a slew of other albums.
Around 15 or so.
Good track-by-track review :). - visitor
Greatest is a streach - visitor
Not for me, it isn't. - SwagFlicks
Lucretia, as much as I like you, please respect the fact that it's his favorite album of all time. Doesn't exactly mean everybody has that opinion. - visitor