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Editors’ Notes

As a group the Wu-Tang Clan might be finished, but as a musical philosophy, the brand is alive and well. For proof you need to look no further than Chamber Music, a 2009 cooperation overseen by Wu-Tang architect RZA. Engineered by a team of understudies (Andrew Kelley, Noah Rubin, Fizzy Womack, Bob Perry), these are the kind of beats that Wu-Tang diehards crave. In the mold of classic RZA productions, “Kill Too Hard,” “Sound the Horns,” and “Ill Figures” are nocturnal and edgy, like blaxploitation albums broken into shards and recast in shadow. While not all members of Wu-Tang participate, the crew’s most street-oriented rappers are on hand. Their numbers are strengthened by an additional cast of elder New York City rappers, who appear as war veterans, reminding the listener of a time when hip-hop upheld a different set of values. While not as listenable as the group tracks, RZA’s between-song interludes nonetheless represent Wu-Tang’s subterranean, almost avant-garde state of mind. Chamber Music proves that even if Wu-Tang ceases to exist the group’s ideas shine eternal.

Customer Reviews

Classic wu

This is a great comeback album from wu tang. It has elements of 36 chambers while still contains lot of innovative and fresh ideas. There only 9 track n album rest are interludes. But each and every track on the album is great and maybe in 20 years would be looked as an classic. There is no GZA , Mastakilla or Method Man on any of the tracks instead it has features from other pioneers of hip hop such as kool g rap , AZ , Cormega, Havoc , sean price, masta ace and more. Overall the album is thier best since wu tang forever.

Great album

I like this album better than 8 diagrams. Where is Method Man, Gza & Masta Killa. I would have liked more verses from Rza too, istead of the little interludes. This just shows Wu Tang is still capable of putting out good music after how many years of being out. Cant say that about too many rappers or rap groups these days.

Another solid release.

First, it must be noted that this is not a Wu-Tang Clan album. It's a Wu Tang album. The difference? This album isn't in the official canon of core Wu-Tang Clan releases (of which there are five up to now). This is not a followup to 8 Diagrams and shouldn't be treated as such. Now. The music here is simply fantastic. That alone is worth the buy. There really is no recent album out there apart from maybe The Roots' stuff that sounds this good. The Revelations play the backing music wherever it's playable in band form. This makes the album sound like a live record more than any previous Wu-related record has been able to. The Clan members that participate all deliver solid performances, and nobody sounds like they're dragging their feet here. The other "Killa Beez" that appear also deliver stellar performances. There are only two drawbacks and they are: 1) Too many interludes from RZA and note enough in-song appearnaces. As the self-proclaimed Abbot, he is not doing enough lyrically here, I feel, and he could have dropped a couple of solid verses to remind people of his skills. He addresses his "hanging back" in one of the skits but I don't agree. 2) This album is too short. At just over 35 minutes, this is the shortest Wu album I believe I have ever seen. If you prefer quality over quantity, get this record. It's worth the ten bucks and then some. One star deducted for length and lack of RZA lyrical participation. The rest is golden.

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