I think it took about 6 seconds for this to leak. Its not available until december 11, but it appeared on the net last week, and being the
scurvy pirate connoisseur that I am - I naturally downloaded it promptly. I've had it on rotation in the Ipod beatbox that i carry around on my shoulder like an awesome cunt all the time, and have formed enough of an opinion to write a review.
and here it is:
Its pretty good.
end of review.
There are some tracks with that almost capture that classic Wu sound, and those tracks win. Tracks like "Take it back" - which reminds me slightly of 'daytona 500' for some reason, and "Weak Spot" are what make this album good. The track with the beatles sample, but not actually a beatles sample, is up there as one of the better ones on the album. So if you liked that, you'll like the rest of the album. Unfortunately there are a couple that are.... well, a bit odd. After listening to this, i've come to the conclusion that the Rza should probably not be left alone in the studio too long, cause then you end up with tracks like "sunlight". I'm sure there are dudes who walk around with chess boards who have mathematical theories about the human genome and the koran who will listen to this and go "wow, this dude is a genius". Most everyone else will wonder if Rza meant to say it all out loud. The opening track, "campfire" would be real dope if it didn't keep stopping to congratulate itself so often. Apart from those little points, its pretty strong throughout. There's a dope ODB tribute at the end, and strong appearances from everyone you would expect. Anything with Rae, Meth and Ghost on it in there current form is going to be good really. It never quite reaches the levels set by their earlier releases, if you want stuff of that calibre - you might want to look into Cilvaringz recent album. But this is still a strong offering and worth a listen.
I give it 8/10