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Artist: Dj Shadow
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Format: CD
Sku: 60186694
UPC: 731454086721
UPC 14: 00731454086721
Release Date: 1/13/1998
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Strike One ~ DJ Shadow
2. In/Flux ~ DJ Shadow
3. Hindsight ~ DJ Shadow
4. Strike Two ~ DJ Shadow
5. What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 2) ~ DJ Shadow
6. What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 3) ~ DJ Shadow
7. What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 4) ~ DJ Shadow
8. What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 1) ~ DJ Shadow
9. Strike Three (And I'm Out) ~ DJ Shadow
10. High Noon ~ DJ Shadow
11. Organ Donor - (Extended Overhaul) ~ DJ Shadow

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote PREEMPTIVE STRIKE is less a second full-length effort from the Bay Area's finest hip-hop-minded deconstructionist DJ Shadow, than a sextet of older odds patched together with a pair of newer ends. All of these songs have previously appeared as import Mo Wax 12"s, but only two ("High Noon" and "Organ Donor [Complete Overhaul]") have come in the wake of Shadow's debut.
Muze PNote It is easy to distinguish the old from the new. Pieces like the four extremely different parts of 1995's hip-hop symphony "What Does Your Soul Look Like?," which takes up about half the album, are spacious; the myriad of samples breathing in between fluid, husky beats and melodies lift the music out of any pre-conceived sampledelic morass. Whereas "High Noon" is tight, edgy and fiery; all psyche guitar groove, tribal drums and preachy voices. So it seems that what Shadow's music may have lost over the years in zen-like meditation it has gained in intensity-per-measure, an important trait for a dance-floor-commanding DJ.

Producer: DJ Shadow

Artist Overview

Active from the early 1990s into the 21st century, DJ Shadow (Californian Josh Davis) has been called the Jimi Hendrix of sampling. His songs shift tempos in a blink, incorporating multiple time signatures, and it's to Shadow's credit that he's as comfortable hinting at Elvin Jones's or Dave Grohl's rhythmic attack as he is at citing old faithfuls like Clyde Stubblefield. Ethereal horns, ambient keyboards, orchestral strings, vocoder vocals, whole film scenes--each is made a part of his sweeping focus, part of a grand postmodern design.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations So...How's Your Girl?
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Muze Music Compilations Furious 7 (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Fast And The Furious-Tokyo Drift

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/22/2001
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1998
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : AA3145408672
Music Label Name Label : Island/Def Jam
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00731454086721

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (1/22/98, p.56)
- 3 Stars (out of 5)
- "...a farrago of odds and ends dating back to 1993, most of them released as limited-run singles....Shadow's music is sonically cross-referenced for maximum cognitive dissonance..."

Entertainment Weekly (1/16/97, p.70)
- "...A collection of early work, it finds Shadow still figuring out the best ways to stitch together hip-hop drums, mellow saxes, blaxploitation licks, unearthy choirs, and movie-dialogue snatches. But when the combination clicks...he comes close enough to predicting his later brilliance." - Rating: B

Option (5-6/98, p.84)
- "...Shadow's penchant for rare groove keeps things moving..."

Rap Pages (4/98, p.119)
- 3 (out of 5)
- "...there's always at least one layer--a progressing keyboard melody, a time-jumping drum sequence, a thick bassline or some other element--that will have you intrigued..."

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