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The W [Explicit]

The W [Explicit]

21 Nov 2000
4.3 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews

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Format: Audio CD
It seems that whatever the quality of the solo albums and the many Wu-affiliated albums, when the Wu have a family get together at their hive, they seem to produce only the sweetest honey. Their debut, the hugely influential ‘Enter The Wu Tang’ is widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest hip hop albums ever, and its follow-up ‘Forever’, while perhaps a little long, was another classic hip hop LP. Unlike, the previous Wu Tang LPs though, ‘The W’, was released in the wake of some pretty shoddy solo albums from some of the Wu’s key players (Method Man, Gza and Raekwon). This time though the Wu have brought along a few friends (a first for a Wu group effort). Redman, Busta Rhymes, Junior Reid, Snoop Dogg, Isaac Hayes and Nas all lend their support.
After a (now typically) kitsch kung-fu movie sample is dealt with, Method Man yells, “We’re Back!” at the start of ‘Chamber Music’. It’s a strangely cathartic moment, when the horror of his ‘Tical 2000’ album is washed away in an instant; and when Method Man (possibly the laziest member of the Wu around the release of ‘The W’) means business, you know the rest can’t be far behind. And indeed, they aren’t.
Perhaps due to the critical mauling most of their second solo albums took, or just because the pressure of rapping solo on every track is off, each MC is back to their best. It is Ghostface Killah, however, who most often stands out above his peers. On ‘Protect Ya Neck’, he spits, “taught y’all ni**ers how to rap / reimburse me.” Elsewhere, a pre-incarceration ODB is rambling more untidily than ever on, ‘Conditioner’. But for the most part this is a group effort.
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Quick review. This for me is possibly the weakest Wu-Tang release; the fact it was critically more successful than Wu-Tang Forever beggars belief. To be fair, two thirds of the album are actually pretty good. Tracks one to eight are a four star affair (i.e. I like the tracks) with Chamber Music and Protect Your Neck (The Jump Off) garnering five stars from me on Media Player. Unfortunately the last third of the album from I can't go to sleep to the closer Jah World are incredibly mediocre. What was a four to a four and half star album suddenly deteriorates into a filler-ridden three star and a half album.

The production is raw, which is fine, but there is a heavy emphasis on the Kun Fu/Samurai mythology with what I think are too many skits and film samples. They serve to give the album a patchy feel, even by Hip Hop standards where non musical tracks are rife. Fortunately the follow-up Iron Flag was a huge step in the right direction for the Wu; polished production, almost no filler, no distracting skits and samples, and a consistent album feel. The W is for me an okay album at best, therefore a three star to a three star and a half affair. This is not a great Hip Hop album by most standards, but may still be worth acquiring to get a fuller picture of the Wu-Tang discography.
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By A Customer on 10 Feb. 2005
Format: Audio CD
This album has you in two minds. The first time I listened to it I thought it was o.k but nothing special. But after a few listens, it just gets to you. Its hard to explain but you will like it more on the 2nd or 3rd listen. Some of the beats are crazy and untouchable. R.I.P ODB.
WELL WORTH BUYING
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By A Customer on 13 Mar. 2002
Format: Audio CD
I'm seeing alot of people bad mouthing this album. They are wrong. Here's why this album deserves a whole five star rating.
Track 1. After a lovely back to basics intro with kung fu flick samples and all, " Chamber Music" starts playing. I loved the beat and the Tune made it easy for Raekwon to flow a beatiful first verse. But of course even with a catchy chorus from Method Man, the Gza steals the show.
Track 2. "Careful" takes me back to their very first song, bring da ruckus. It has a hard core, skeletal Rza beat and all the rappers, even Cappadonna, spit good verses and catchy chorus skits on this track.
Track 3. This track takes quite a long time to get used to. And what takes even longer to get used to is Ghost face spilling his heart out onto the mike. But don't worry, he does this alot on the W. The beat is slightly weak on this track but it's saved by Ghost's great lyrical flow.
Track 4. Red Man kicks us straight off with an explosive verse. One of the best beats on the album and Method Man clearly outshining all emcees in sight, this track is a classic Wu Banga!
Track 5. If you like Jr. Reid and Masta Killa, you'll love this track. They work nicely together. Masta Killa spits two steady deep throat verses inbetween an almost regie chorus. Good beat. Good tune, great track.
Track 6. I don't like Ol Dirty's style in this song. He sounds as if he's singing a hyme in church...Liven up Ol Dirty! But of course after a relativley weak track the Gza jumps in and saves it.
Track 7. You're probably all familiar with this one so I won't go into too much detail. Ghost face and Gza rule the track but with good verses from all 9 emcees.
Track 8. Nas does surprisingly well on this song.
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