It starts with the classic Shaw Brothers intro, followed by a kung fu movie sample about restoring honour, the anticipation is now high and only climbs higher after looking at the track listing and seeing that the intro is called "Redemption". Could this be the Wu-Tang Clan album which fixes what many felt was wrong with 8 Diagrams? Onto the first track "Kill too Hard" Inspectah Deck, U-God and Masta Ace lay down the foundations for what seems to be a solid offering from the Wu-Tang Clan. But then after only 2 minutes and 50 seconds we are already into a philosophical rant from the RZA, and it only gets worse as there is one of these after EVERY track, that tallies to 9 skits/rants on a 35 minute album with the average song length hovering around 3 minutes. So the actual album is only around 25 minutes long, that is not so bad, but did I mention that despite the giant Wu-Tang logo on the cover this is not actually a Wu-Tang Clan album? There is no Method Man, no GZA, no Masta Killa and RZA only produces one track "NYC Crack".
Having gotten over the initial feeling of being deceived and submitting to the idea that this is more of a "Wu-Tang presents" type album, I am now able to enjoy the music from live soul band The Revelations, and enjoy it I do. From the trumpet and bass line on "Sound the Horns" to the piano on "Evil Deeds", it is all classy stuff and a different sound for an entire Wu-Tang album but yet at the same time it does have that Wu-Tang sound. Only after doing some research did I find out that RZA is only the executive producer.
The albums biggest flaws are its short length and skit overflow. Considering that almost anything these days can play mp3s, you can easily eliminate the skits and just be left with a short but excellent addition to the Wu-Tang dynasty.
- Kill too Hard
- Sound the Horns
- Redemption (skit)
- Kill Too Hard<br/>- Inspectah Deck, U-God and Masta Ace
- The Abbot (skit)
- Harbor Masters<br/>- Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck and AZ
- Sheep State (skit)
- Radiant Jewels<br/>- Raekwon, Cormega and Sean Price
- Supreme Architecture (skit)
- Evil Deeds<br/>- Ghostface Killah, RZA and Havoc
- Wise Men (skit)
- I Wish You Were Here<br/>- Ghostface Killah and Tre Williams
- Fatal Hesitation (skit)
- Ill Figures<br/>- Raekwon, M.O.P. and Kool G Rap
- Free Like ODB (skit)
- Sound The Horns<br/>- Inspectah Deck, U-God and Sadat X
- Enlightened Statues (skit)
- NYC Crack - RZA and Thea Van Seijen
- One Last Question (skit)