No one who owns this album would dare to give it less than 5 stars. It's a modern classic and about that there is no doubt. Put it next to Dr Dre's "The Chronic" or NWA's "Straight outta Compton" and it's ruder, darker, more twisted and just as well produced and performed, if not better. Now you've got an idea of the stature of this album.
Looking at the sleeve and trying to decide which tracks merit some mention I realise they all do. Each in their own way are solid slices of hellish, hip-hop mayhem. Whether slowish and melancholic like '1-800 Suicide' or 'Diary of a Madman' or raging like 'Bang Your Head' they all deliver. The beats are just so wildly done, filled with the angry energy of the album they simply hit like a rock of crystal would.
Some of the skits are brilliantly done, far more theatrical and message bringing than some homies joking stoned while the producer quietly catched them on tape. Like the intro to "Defective trip (trippin')", which really displays the dark underbelly of urban America in all its horror.
It's simply a monumental album - as social commentary, as the definer of the sub-genre 'horror-rap' (try some Dr Octagon for more), as a piece of musical theatre given the excellent skits and hellish personas taken on by the Wu tang associates and so much more.
There isn't really much else to say about it other than it should always be played very loudly.