DJ Shadow’s Our Pathetic Age is urgent, pleasurably menacing, and smart. The atmosphere is generally dystopian, with moments of light accentuating the shadows, and glimpses of beauty peaking through the intensity of Shadow’s subject matter. Raekwon, Dave East, Pusha T, and Pharoahe Monch provide intelligent flows with unsettling lyrics as Shadow sets the vibe through moody synths and seamless sampling. If it sounds like a downer, worry not. Our Pathetic Age is perfectly suited for, well...our tumultuous age, in all its simultaneous fear and hope.