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Our Pathetic Age

DJ Shadow

Our Pathetic Age

Sixth studio album from the hip hop producer, featuring guest appearances from De La Soul, Run the Jewels, Ghostface Killah, Nas, and Raekwon

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  1. 10.0 |   The Irish Times

    Epic album with exceptional collaborations
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  2. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    It’s a triumphant blast of hip-hop revivalism to quell the stressed-out vibes of the first LP
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  3. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    He masterfully delivers a snapshot of a disjointed, vibrant and inherently flawed system as seen through one of electronic music's longstanding visionaries
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  4. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Rap is often fuelled by anger and other strong feelings
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  5. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    This double-album odyssey contains two distinct halves, each of which function spectacularly well on its own, but when combined lead to a surprisingly listenable journey and not an overlong slog
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  6. 7.0 |   Clash

    Perhaps not one for the casual fan, but there’s plenty to unpack for the long-time admirer
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  7. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Featuring Nas, Pharoahe Monch and members of the Wu-Tang Clan, the most recent dispatch from Josh Davis looks backward while moving his sound forward
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  8. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Shadow still manages to get some strong work out of both himself and his guests, and he deserves credit for not trying to merely recreate the same trick over and over
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  9. 6.1 |   Pitchfork

    The Bay Area turntablist and producer delivers a mammoth double album — half instrumentals, half rap collaborations — aimed at the decade’s widespread feeling of creeping dread
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  10. 6.0 |   The FT

    A 90-minute whopper of 1990s rappers taking on today’s tech-dominated world
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  11. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    There’s plenty of great stuff here, but, as is the way these days, it’s worth taking the time to make your own playlist of the good bits
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  12. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Not a flawless expedition, but a diverting one
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  13. 6.0 |   Q

    He remains a maestro at the mixing desk. Print edition only

  14. 5.0 |   The Music

    It's a double album of mind-numbing instrumental beats on one side and completely average, though star-studded, guest feature rap on the other
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  15. 4.5 |   Paste Magazine

    A bloated, unfocused tangle of tech-paranoia
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