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RELEASE
November 21, 2000
LABEL
Columbia
GENRES
Rap, East Coast Rap, Hardcore Rap

Album Review

After a host of disappointing solo albums and quickly diminishing celebrity (most of the latter devoted to the continuing extra-legal saga of Ol' Dirty Bastard), Wu-Tang Clan returned, very quietly, with 2000's The W. The lack of hype was fitting, for this is a very spartan work, especially compared to its predecessor, the sprawling and overblown Wu-Tang Forever. While the trademark sound is still much in force, group mastermind RZA jettisoned the elaborate beat symphonies and carefully placed strings of Forever in favor of tight productions with little more than scarred soul samples and tight, tough beats. The back-to-basics approach works well, not only because it rightly puts the focus back on the best cadre of rappers in the world of hip-hop, but also because RZA's immense trackmaster talents can't help but shine through anyway. Paranoid kung fu samples and bizarre found sounds drive the fantastic streets-is-watching nightmare "Careful (Click, Click)." Unfortunately, though, The W isn't quite the masterpiece it sounds like after the first few tracks. It falls prey to the same inconsistency as Forever, resulting in half-formed tracks like "Conditioner," with Snoop Dogg barely saving Ol' Dirty Bastard's lone appearance on the LP, a phoned-in vocal (in terms of sound and quality). When they're hitting on all cylinders though, Wu-Tang Clan are nearly invincible; "Let My Niggas Live," a feature with Nas, isn't just claustrophobic and dense but positively strangling, and singles material like "Protect Ya Neck (The Jump Off)" and "Do You Really (Thang, Thang)" are punishing tracks. Paring down Wu-Tang Forever -- nearly a two-hour set -- to the 60-minute work found here was a good start, but the Wu could probably create another masterpiece worthy of their debut if they spent even more time in the editing room.
John Bush, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Intro (Shaolin Finger Jab)/Chamber Musichttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-w/id457508066?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Careful (Click, Click)http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-w/id457508066?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Hollow Boneshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/hollow-bones/id204653557?i=204655460&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Redbullhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/redbull/id204653557?i=204655560&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. One Blood Under Whttp://itunes.apple.com/album/one-blood-under-w/id204653557?i=204655754&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Conditionerhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/conditioner/id204653557?i=204656143&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Protect Ya Neck (The Jump Off)http://itunes.apple.com/album/protect-ya-neck-the-jump-off/id204653557?i=204656552&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Let My Niggas Livehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/let-my-niggas-live/id204653557?i=204656647&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. I Can't Go to Sleephttp://itunes.apple.com/album/i-cant-go-to-sleep/id204653557?i=204657092&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Do You Really (Thang, Thang)http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-w/id457508066?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. The Monumenthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-monument/id204653557?i=204657661&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Gravel Pithttp://itunes.apple.com/album/gravel-pit/id204653557?i=204657862&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Jah Worldhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/jah-world/id204653557?i=204658136&uo=5&at=11l9vR
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