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The Wraith: Shangri - La
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2003
After buying and thoroughly enjoying 'Mostasteless' and 'Freek Show' by Twiztid, I thought I would have a listen to some of the stuff by labelmates Insane Clown Posse. This album does not dissapoint. After listening to ICP's previous efforts, you can really hear the difference in the production of each record. Every previous Joker's card had almost an identical layout, but this is a lot more epic in scale. There is a lot of genuine hate towards this band, and I can see why in some respects, but calling them untalented is a major mistake. From the intro right through to the epic closer, The Wraith will leave you breathless. Here is a band that have stood the test of time, continually producing diverse and sometimes challenging music for their fanbase, affectionately named 'Juggalo's'. Upon listening to this I bought the previous 5 Joker's cards, and if you like this, I urge you to get them, only then will the full story become clear.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 2 November 2002
First a Little History Lesson...
The Insane Clown Posse have always tried to reinvent themselves for each Album they put out, When in 1999 The Amazing Jeckel Brothers came out, (Although a good album) it seemed although this album was a Jokers Card... ICP had lost there carnival feel, The thing that made them so popular in the first place.
In 2000 ICP release Bizzar/Bizaar to Seperate Albums, Non Jokers Card Related... The albums flopped... but in more than one way. Panned by critics (as usual) The album not only failed to go gold, but got the reputation as the worst album ICP had ever produced... By there own fans.
Forgotten Freshness 3 soon followed in 2001 with 2 new tracks from ICP... This did nothing to help hype the 6ths coming as this album to is considered crap.
It seemed all hope was lost for ICP and the long awaited album, The Wraith: Shangri La...
But ICP went into hiding, and remerged 6-7 months later witha brand new look, and everyone was hyped in the 6th Jokers Card... and thats only the beginning.
The Album itself is amazing, So many styles are stuck together, mixed and matched, it's like everything ICP has tried comes up in this album. The carnival feel is back in full affect, the rapping is tight, with Shaggy sounded more alive than usual, and J flowing like never before.
After hearing Homiez and Crossing Thy Bridge before the Wraiths release, i feared another Bizaar/Bizzar type mainstream attempt album. But believe me, this truly is for Juggalos and genuine ICP fans alike. I doubt many Mainstream Rap/Rock/Metal listners would get the whole idea of this album. It's all there, the funny love songs (Coton Candy and Popsicles), The Murdering (The Staleness), the Horrorcore Story Telling (Hells Forecast) just everything is in place.
Production Wise this album does not disapoint, Good use of Guitars (Most times) and lots of scratching which works very well. I think Mike P. Done his job well and can't say i terribly miss Mike E. Clark after hearing this album.
The Album will not disapoint, ofcourse there will be some people who will hate it, but thats always expected, Stand Out tracks include, The Wraith, The Staleness, Murer Rap and it Rains Diamonds.
And i'm sure there will be alot of different opinions on Track 17, otherwise known as The Unveiling, but in MY opinion... it's a fitting end to a great saga
- Sneddon aka. Broken Bonez
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 8 December 2002
This album is fresh. It combines all the best bits of all previous works by the Insane Clown Posse. It is not produced by Mike E. Clark, as on all the other albums, but by Mike P. It really does show, this album, from the begining of the end, is a wicked piece of work combining rap with heavy choruses and everything in between. If you like the Great Milenko then you will love this record. The stand out track is 'Juggalo Homies' with Twiztid. May the Dark Carnival be with each and everyone who reads this. (ps other British Juggalos can contact me on mattghart@aol.com)
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ok so here we have the final jokers card...of sorts as is was twinned with the slightly later released hells pit.
this is the ying to the pits yang and the final twist in the dark carnival where the boys round everything up and tie up all the loose ends.
so is it any good?
well without mike e clarke on board they do loose a little of the fluidity and variety that make their earlier work so ecclectic and so varied so with that in mind this album sounds a little stripped down in comparison.
but thats not to say that the boys havent rested on their laurels...they have tried to push the scope of their sound further if anything and have left with a slightly more electronic feel to alot of the work and they songs are a little more hit and miss in comparison to the earlier work.
but this album is definately a grower, after my first listen i was all set to torch the thing and curse their name until they died and just wosrhip at the house of twiztid. but as with all their work there is always a few immediate stand out tracks that made me go back to listen to the album and its here that the rest of the songs slowly start to creep into your mind!
this is a very good album...not their best by a long way but still a very good album that improves with every listen!!!!
plus all the usual suspects show up to give the boys a hand in the form of twiztid and esham and ABK and blaze!!! so in short the family are down with it as is pretty much every other juggalo ive spoken to!!!!
but if you are new to the carnival i would suggest starting with milenko or riddlebox as they are the aces amongst the jokers cards!!!
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on 12 April 2003
This is one of the best albums that I have heard in a long time. The introduction (Walk Into The Light), is dark but extremely catchy, and the whole album follows suit. Top songs, that really make the album a must buy are; "Juggalos Hommies", this song is really original and by far the best song on the album another high point of the album is "Cotton Candy & Popsicles", this song really does make you think, not just one of the ICP usual kinda song.
This album also comes with a DVD which one you get depends on the sticker on the front of the case, get the silver stickered one as it includes about 30 minutes of footage from an Insabe Clown Posse concert from when this album was release. BUY WRAITH: SHANGRI LA it is the best album around at the minute!
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on 29 December 2011
Already a great album. So does 5.1 add anything to it? Yes and no.
Most people will certainly notice elements of songs that they never noticed before. I feel like the 5.1 mixing is done well, and you really feel like you're surrounded by the music. This in itself can also be quite exhausting though. Don't expect to listen to the 5.1 album for extended periods of time if that's what you did with the stereo album.
Essentially it is a "novelty" item, an added bonus that you might listen to once a year.
That might not sound positive, but it is a good buy really, if you like Insane Clown Posse or The Wraith: Shangri-La that is.
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on 20 August 2015
This album is outstanding and is one of icp's best and you get a dvd of them in concert which is cool.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 July 2003
I bought this because it had a cool cover and it was on import. I had no idea what genre the music was. I'm not a fan of rap as such but after listening to this fantastic album i'm a bit more open minded towards rap.
The first track 'Welcome to the light' is my favourite, the powerful wave of sound that hits you on the chorus is great! Like with Eminem's songs the lyrics have the power to make you think about life.
Also 'It rains diamonds' and 'juggalo homies' are really cool tracks.
Definately a CD for those who aren't partial to rap music, or those who like turning their volume levels RIGHT UP!!
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on 16 January 2015
Just slight damage to the case. Other than that, it's all good :)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 31 May 2003
This is the first ICP album i've heard and it's pure genius! It's really funny, fantastic!!! I heard it and i was like BLAAAM!!!
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