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Wu-Tang rolls out Diagrams

<p>Six years after their last collective album, a myriad of in-house fighting, and the death of their most visible member, Wu-Tang’s latest CD is more of a gauge to see if hip hop’s greatest group can cohesively get along on wax once again.</p>







Wu-Tang Clan

Album: 8 Diagrams

Label: Universal

Release Date: Dec.11

*** (out of five)





Six years after their last collective album, a myriad of in-house fighting, and the death of their most visible member, Wu-Tang’s latest CD is more of a gauge to see if hip hop’s greatest group can cohesively get along on wax once again. For the most part, the results are mixed. When the Clan’s premier rappers (Raekwon, Ghostface, and Method Man) take the mic, memories of their debut album are instantly rehashed, but a grip of songs in the second act are deflated with guest crooners and muddled choruses. RZA’s legendary risk-taking production pays off for the many songs, and much like the ode to ODB Life Changes, his now subdued beats suggest to their raucous faithful that as time progresses, so should their musical tastes.


 
 
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