The Less You Know the Better - VERVE
FILTER Grade: 87%
By Scott Thill on October 14, 2011
DJ Shadow’s defiant 2006 joint The Outsider boasted stunning production but underwhelming thematics. Not so here, which transcends sonic genres with a mature exploration of a global village too distracted to notice it’s shorting itself. From psychedelic instrumentals “Enemy Lines” and the two-parter “Sad and Lonely” and “(Not So) Sad and Lonely” to head-knocking tag-teams like “I’m Excited” (with Afrikan Boy) and “Stay the Course” (with Talib Kweli and De La Soul’s immortal Posdnuos), Shadow’s musical embrace is warm and wide. Return it.