8 Diagrams

Wu-Tang Clan
Photo: Alexx Henry

Six years after their last album, much has changed for the Clan. Sure, ODB died, but that ain’t the half of it. Producer RZA — geeked off his recent soundtrack work (Ghost Dog, Kill Bill) — is mucking about with live instruments and limp beats. The result is a drab dilution of the Wu’s signature sample-heavy, raucous sound on 8 Diagrams. Meanwhile, Raekwon, Meth & Co. have lost their lyrical ferocity. Judging by this disappointing return, Wu-Tang may not be forever after all.

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