During our trip to Toronto in June, our hotel was quite close to Yonge and Dundas, so I had occasion to pop into the big HMV at 333 Yonge, just to see what the corporate whores are up to… and wouldn’t you know it? I found some deals!
This one I got for $10.00. I’d been looking for a decent used copy (and had been unsuccessful), but reasoned that even if I did find one, it’d probably be $8.99 or $9.99 anyway, so $10 brand new was alright by me!
It’s also worth noting, here, that even though I own all their studio albums, this is the first review I’ve ever done of their stuff. I was going to do a series of their records, but I am, by no means, an expert on this group. I have their albums, and even a couple of the side projects, and I enjoy playing all of what I have here. But a series would be a disservice, as my opinion will be (relatively) uninformed and from the gut. Hey, just like all of my posts! Nevermind a series, I’ll get to the others when I do. Let’s just give ‘er!
Wu-Tang Clan – A Better Tomorrow
Well now. Wu-Tang in 2014. A full 7 years since their last record (8 Diagrams). They were absolutely not inactive during all of that time, with most of the members involved in all sorts of projects here there and everywhere. But a new Wu-Tang album is a big deal. Does this one live up to the hype?
Yes. Of course it does. This is the legendary Wu-Tang! Nobody does it like these guys. They have a sound, a style, a flow that nobody else can touch or emulate. They’re smooth and rough at the same time, and it may be a long way from the 36 Chambers, in some ways, but this is a very soulful, mature effort.
The RZA is still a beat scientist extraordinaire, the samples are sweet (even Son Of A Preacher Man!), and the raps are really great. It all just fits, like the best of Wu. They mix the hard they’ve perfected with some R&B soul singing. True, I could have done without the sap sections of Miracle, but I know this is all part of the stuff people want to hear. I liked the soul feel of Wu-Tang Reunion better, even though it’s totally cheesy too haha.
The singles were Keep Watch, Ron O’Neal, and Ruckus In B Minor. They’re all cool. Most of these could be singles and, who knows? Maybe they will be! It’s a true pleasure to roll this one top to bottom.
I read some bad reviews of it, and some that liked some of it but not the rest. Me, I liked (most of) it one helluva lot. If you dig Wu-Tang at all, you really can’t go wrong here. Get you some!