Monday, July 18, 2011
Album Review: Wu-Tang Clan - Legendary Weapons
Its been a while since I had been excited about a release form the Wu Tang colective, but with the release of Legendary Weapons I was moderately excitedthat something good was to come from it. The recent solo albums by the members have always kept the Wu-Tang brand strong and I feel like this album is merely a reminder that theres still something left in this group thats worth listening to.
With more and more new school rappers entering the game, I feel like this album is a great job in utilising the old school sound they helped create so well. At the same time this is like a reminder to the up and comers that these guys are still one of the best still, no matter how old they are now. The album starts with some signature sampled samurai dialogue, then we get an almost party like hip hop track featuring Raekwon and RZA, a pretty solid track really getting you into the mood to listen.
This album is really short for a rap album, hell even short for an album in general at less than 40 minutes,but to me when you've accomplished as much as these dudes you don't need some long ass album to show wassup. To anyone who doesn'ty see them noting the rise of other rappers should look no further than the track Legendary Weapons which contains the lyrics "rocked that black and yellow before Wiz Khalifa" this track is one of the best on the album the strong tone in the vocals and the track is signature RZA sounding.
While I think some of the songs on this are quite good the album is always going to struggle when in the shadow of 36 Chambers, this album is a really solid album that definitely proves that their signature sound is still really great. The Rhymes at times seem so effortless, the album seems a little too effortless like these guys didn't really have to try. Again this is a solid album with it being short had its pros and cons, we want to hear more, but at the same time this is like a short reminder of their greatness.
Overall this is an above average rap album, the Wu have proved they're still worth listening to as a group and while we all know individually in the form of numerous solo albums that these guys still have it, to see them back together and releasing some strong songs is a cause to be pleased about for future releases.
Overall Rating: 7.5/10