This is a good album. A timeless and classy feel while still showcasing Ghostface’s signature style. This has the feel of an old album while maintaining roots in the modern age of Hip Hop. This is a god addition to this years Wu-Tang Clan releases.
The production is good and is refreshing to the ear as it sounds like real instruments. It can’t be proved if it is or not, but it’s good to hear something that doesn’t sound totally manufactured, but has had thought go into it. It doesn’t exactly flow but that is part of its charm when the content is considered. It is a bit jagged in places but is a very enjoyable listening experience.
The lyricism is definitely there and really helps with the story telling of this album. Ghostface weaves tapestries in the songs, helped by his features, that paint vivid pictures of whats happened to him and other content. It is very powerful, while not being the elite of the elite, and should be commended in its efforts.
The features are good and can take a moment to celebrate how Ghostface can work well with select emcees or with new artists as well as the other. The features can add a new perspective or change the pace on the tracks which helps to add more to the song than if Ghostface was on it alone. It expands the meaning of the song and it can help connect more with the listener.
A surprise part of this album is that the second half of the project is the instrumentals from the first half. This gives you a closer glimpse into the world of song creating as you have the piece of the puzzle the artist started with and the end product that they turned it into. It is quite remarkable how they can see a song from just the backing.
Overall, this is a good album to listen intently to or enjoy in the background, but if you want music to get you pumped up, this may not be the best album for you. This is a journey, not an energy pill.