On Disc: Wu-Tang Clan

Album: 8 Diagrams

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

8 Diagrams by Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan
8 Diagrams
Motown/Universal

4 stars

It’s been a while since the Clan’s been heard on the airwaves with new material. Fortunately, the gritty Staten Island rap group is back with 8 Diagrams.

Perhaps the most enticing track on 8 Diagrams is “The Heart Gently Weeps,” which, as the title suggests, samples the popular Beatles tune of a similar title. Like the original, it’s nothing short of impressive.

The RZA, Wu-Tang’s powerhouse producer, has vastly improved his craft; the album sounds more robust than previous releases like The W, yet 8 Diagrams still conveys the rough sound Wu-Tang is known for.

“Weak Spot,” however, feels like it was a B-side from Enter the 36 Chambers; a great portion of its instrumentation bears a striking resemblance to earlier hits like “Protect Ya Neck.”

Lyrically speaking, most of the Clan is razor sharp. However, some lesser-known members are not as dominating as Method Man or the GZA are.

Essentially, 8 Diagrams is a breath of fresh air for Wu-Tang’s fans.

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