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3.4 out of 5
62 Ratings

62 Ratings

smokenmirrors ,

a severe deviation

this album has severely dissapointed me so far, hopefully it will grow on me. it is a complete deviation from his other efforts. i was expecting more creative, ear ringing instrumentals like the ones heard on "since we last spoke" and "deadringer". i dont think his voice is anything to rave about and the beats are mostly repetitive, where as on his other albums his beats would change repeatedly throughout each song. the only song i am impressed with is "beyond the beyond," the rest of it is pretty lame. i do not feel ripped off at all because i would have spent 50 bucks on deadringer. im just really dissapointed because i thought this album would blow my mind like his others but all its going to do for me is take up space. i never thought i have to listen to an RJ album b4 i bought it. unfortunately now i will have to..

James Hahn II ,

"There is nothing so stable as change." Bob Dylan

I begin this review quoting the man they crucified in the 60's for allegedly “changing his entire style” for obvious reasons. When Dylan went from acoustic to electric critics called it career suicide. Well, hindsight is 20/20 and Dylan is now seen as one of the greatest American musicians of all time. I'll admit, RJd2 is no Dylan on this disk, but he is also most certainly no Shadow. The Third Hand imitates the former (Dylan) in PROGRESSING from where he left off and goes directly against the latter (Shadow) who regressed into a hyphy realm from which he apparently will not return.

Some have claimed this is deviation. Well, as far as I can tell, the man who picked up where Shadow left off is now carrying the torch handed him by the likes of Zero 7, Portishead, & U.N.K.L.E. If you’re instant on placing your favorite musicians in 2002 time capsules, this disc may disappoint. But, if you can appreciate a true musician’s evolution to new levels in their career, The Third Hand will satisfy every time.

-Da Chief

Andy L ,

Pleasing Deviation

Let me start by saying that RJD2 is not "pulling a DJ Shadow." First of all, this is still as technically significant as Deadringer, the drums are evidence of this. Second, RJ has moved from hip-hop to alternative rock, not from hip-hop to "crunk." What was so jarring about Shadow's The Outsider was he had become what all of his fans were trying to ignore in listening to him.
I look at this album as an extension of As We Last Spoke. The eerily satisfying vocals and organs are similar to those we heard on "Making Days Longer" and "Making Days Longer." I think RJ has reached a certain maturity on this album. Since We Last Spoke was a transitional album from the cohesive Deadringer to this.
"Beyond The Beyond" might be the most reminiscent track on this album with the elaborate beat and funky organ, "Someday" sounds like a throwback to Pink Floyd, and "You Never Had It So Good" is just a catchy song. I think this album has something to offer everyone.

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