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ALBUM REVIEW: Wu-Tang Clan’s The Saga Continues

★★★

The Saga Continues is the latest album from the legendary group of MCs and DJs and it probably will not disappoint Wu-tang fans. At times, it does echo their legendary debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), as it shows the masterful lyrical dexterity (‘Lesson Learn’d’) and urban mysticism (‘Fast and Furious’) that made the Wu-Tang Clan what they’re today.

Though by saying that, this album has very little in common with todays hip-hop scene. Tracks such as ‘G’d up’ (which features their long-term collaborator Method Man as well as R-Mean and Mzee Jones) and the cringe-worthy ‘My Only One’ both sound like something out of 2007. The problem is not just the actual production choices but more significantly the rapping. Listening to each individual rapped verse isn’t a comfortable experience as the verses do not flow into one another. Rather, they are clumpy and sometimes even powerless – a possible reflection of the group’s poor chemistry nowadays. It’s a real shame because early tracks in the album do show promise.

VERDICT: The Saga Continues sounds like the past. At times this is a blessing but mostly the past seems to be a heavy curse.

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