As far as underrated albums go, this one is somewhere near the top of the list. U probably notice everyone comparing this to his other work in some sense, but that's not how a review is written. Sure it's not Tical but this album is worth a lot more than what most people are giving it.
This is a very packed album, with very few RZA productions (just three). It's True Master who takes the reigns for most of the production here, and I personally, am not complaining. The opening track is the RZA produced Perfect World. Great opener. Relatively reminiscent to a Tical beat, easing you into the change in beats. The next few tracks, although not featuring RZA's production skills are still ridden wit heavy baselines. One of my favourite tracks is Torture with production credits by True Master, Meth does this like a real rap track should be: very basic, not complicated chorus, where he just repeats torture over and over, and unleashed some really laid back verses.
Retro Godfather has RZA violins and horns that remind me of Criminology, but Meth does what he can to make it sound different, and puts words in the chorus, instead of instrumental. Nice track still. Spazzola is the crew cut here, produced by the Rebel INS himself. Step By Step produced by Erick Sermon is THAT TRACK. Great beat, and Meth does what he does on his own here. Tough drums and a sampled chorus. Deck returns on the production with Elements ft. Star & Police. Deck is an ill lyricist, but he's no weaker on the production boards, and you can't be mad at that. The 6 minute Judgement Day ends the album with a bang. Meth just has a stream-of-consciousness type moment here and just rips it.
Overall this album is a step away from Tical, it achieves a much less gritty sound, but adapts more to '98 hip-hop. The baselines still leave your ears ringin, and Meth's rhymes and lyrics are as street as ever. But at 27 tracks it is well packed and does take a while to listen to. Not a Wu-classic, but for anyone into the Wu's sound it's most definitely worth a purchase.