Wu-Tang Clan – A Better Tomorrow

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!

a better tomorrow

19 thoughts on “Wu-Tang Clan – A Better Tomorrow

  1. mikeladano says:

    I’m gonna have to Google something because I wanna fact check you! Hang on.

    “A full 7 years since their last record (8 Diagrams)” — wanted to check this because let’s not forget that one album they made where they only made ONE COPY of it:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Once_Upon_a_Time_in_Shaolin

    But you’re right, that came in 2015. WHen I saw this title pop up in my inbox I secretly hoped it to be a review of the album of which there is only one copy 🙂

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      1. mikeladano says:

        88 years before its released! Unimaginable! To me, I think about an album that they presumably worked hard on and care about just as much as their other albums… but nobody gets to hear it. As an artist, I wonder how that feels? I’m sure as an artist, that RZA is fearless anyway.

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        1. keepsmealive says:

          Yeah, it’s pretty dumb, really. Like, thanks for making sure I’ll never get to hear it.

          On the other hand, they’ll all be dead by then too. My hope is that it’s a whole disc of them farting, and laughing hysterically after each one.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      You might know a couple of their tracks, to hear them. But it depends on if you;re into rap at all. If not, then these guys won’t do anything for you. But if you like intelligent, well-crafted tunes with great beats and a whole gang of rappers, each with their own style and voice, then the Wu is for You!

      If you’re interested in checking them out, I’d recommend getting the Hits set. I see it at HMV all the time for $5. Or go back to their first, the 36 Chambers (also usually $5). That’s a classic.

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  2. J. says:

    I haven’t bought this one yet, but I gave it a fair few listens on the ol Spotify when it came out and I enjoyed it. Not decided whether to nab it on vinyl or go for CD, though … anyway, good catch!

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Given your collection, I’d say snag the LP. You’d probably play it more. 🙂

      But yeah, it’s really quite good, and I have the sneaky suspicion that with repeat visits it’s only gonna get stronger.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Funny, I jammed Only Built… a while back and it didn’t quite click with me. I’ll have to play it again. Now, Genius/GZA’s Liquid Swords is an Absolute Must Have! Holy hell that was great. Get the edition that has the 2CD if you can.

      If you like Wu-Tang at all, you’ll dig this disc.

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      1. stephen1001 says:

        And eventually I’ll get around to Liquid swords, you’ll be pleased to hear it’s on the list.
        Admittedly, Only Built seems at bit front-loaded, but so far I’m pleased with what I’ve heard

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