The Wraith: Shangri - La
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DVD Audio, DTS Surround Sound, Enhanced, 22 Sep 2003
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Thanks in large part to their outlandish make-up, Detroit's Insane Clown Posse are generally regarded as a joke band. It's a reputation they're sure to explode with the brilliantly conceived and superbly produced The Wraith: Shangri-La. Their sixth (and possibly final) album, it's intended as a summary and clarification of all they've done before. A concept album of sorts, it admits that, for all their profanity and celebration of bloody murder, the Posse are in fact followers of God ("We're not sorry if we tricked you", they sneer during the closing "The Unveiling"). But that's not to say The Wraith ever descends to smug, Stryper-like platitudes. Far from it--the Posse have their own singular way of entering heaven.
With a crazy ring-master introducing the tracks, the Posse extol the virtues of weed, cheap wine, casual violence and premature death in some of the funniest raps ever, the notion presumably being that eternal grace comes to those who stay true to themselves. This is comedy horror at its finest, backed by a thrilling collage of warped funk, twisted orchestrations and occasional bursts of crushing metal. One disappointment"Bitch Slappaz", perhaps the most hilariously beastly of their raps, appears in the CD booklet but not on the CD itself. It's a minor niggle--The Wraith is an instant classic. --Dominic Wills
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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
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!!!
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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