8 Diagrams - Wu-Tang Clan
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  • Summary: The first album after the death of Ol' Dirty Bastard.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. The album belongs to the hip-hop hippie. And an album it definitely is.
  2. Ghostface Killah is as wickedly esoteric as ever, Method Man sounds reinvigorated and snapped out of his recent slump, and Raekwon, who's been on record decrying 8 Diagrams, is ice-pick sharp.
  3. 80
    Sprawling and dense as it may be, but amid its deranged lyricism and brutal soundscapes, 8 Diagrams vindicates The RZA's devotion to the collective ethic. [Feb 2008, p.100]
  4. 8 Diagrams is better than most would have expected: a terrific mix of classic Clan grime and enough new tricks to justify Inspectah Deck's claim that "Wu-Tang keep it fresh like Tupperware."
  5. The much-publicized rift of RZA and his seven other swordsmen glares on 8 Diagrams, production far more experimental and melodic than any prehiatus work. RZA of Renaissance proffers an unequaled vision, and the inability to convince his soldiers to follow suit keeps the disc from being the complete innovation Wu's abbot intended.
  6. You're left with an album that's as chaotic and uneven as the circumstances surrounding its release, It's alternately great, unsatisfying and marked by the sense that not everyone in the Wu Tang Clan is pulling in the same direction.
  7. The album's dominant sound is dreary even by Wu standards: grey, bass-heavy beats for the eight living members' equally drab rhymes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. HelltJ.
    Dec 11, 2007
    It will grow as time passes.
  2. MitchN
    Dec 13, 2007
    Let's see - legendary group goes public with internal dissension as what is unfortunately sure to be their last work is released - Beatles of Hip Hop, anyone? Its brilliance and diversity is something to savor. Worth the nearly a year of anticipation! Expand
  3. HexS
    Jan 9, 2008
    Best hop-hop album I've heard this decade. Witty Wu-Tang is unpredictable!
  4. RayK.
    Dec 11, 2007
    this is a dope album!, one of the best hands...don't get me wrong, its not perfect, and its not even their best, but aside from a few flaws this will satisfy any true hip-hop junkie. Wu-Tang Clan = Hip Hop. Expand
  5. markL
    Feb 5, 2008
    Real WU lyrics and feeling, though the beats they rap on are not up to par with their lyrical talents.... how can hip hop die if wu tang is forever?
  6. ToddS
    Dec 16, 2007
    RZA has done it again. If you're a true fan of the WU, tune out the haters and cop this album. It will restore your faith the Clan.
  7. EricL
    Aug 3, 2009
    This album is absolutely awful.

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