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  • Summary: The second solo album for the Wu-Tang Clan member is consider by some one of the best hip hop albums released. It is remastered with a second disc of instrumentals of GZA's 1995 album and a chess set.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
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  1. Sep 7, 2012
    100
    It's a historical artifact on an otherwise up-to-date album, one which is more important now that hip-hop needs a refresher on the essence of skills and the value of balancing the materialistic with the intellectual.
  2. Sep 7, 2012
    100
    One of the many great things about Liquid Swords is that while it's an unimpeachable work of lyrical mastery, of fierce intellect and sound morals, it's in no way a record for prudes.
  3. Sep 28, 2012
    95
    GZA for his part conveys overarching ideas of war with self, the world at large, and pushing oneself artistically to the limit as a coping mechanism--expressing a coherent worldview through top flight craftsmanship.
  4. Sep 7, 2012
    90
    In terms of conceptual realisation, Liquid Swords is a blueprint for the perfect Wu record.
  5. Sep 7, 2012
    80
    Overall, though, Liquid Swords is possibly the most unsettling album in the Wu canon (even ahead of Ol' Dirty Bastard), and it ranks with Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) and Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx as one of the group's undisputed classics.
  6. Sep 7, 2012
    80
    17 years on, Liquid Swords represents hard-nosed hip-hop at its peak. [Oct 2012, p.117
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  1. Aug 2, 2013
    10
    Not only is Liquid Swords the best solo Wu album thus far, it is also quite possibly the best hip hop album in the last two decades. With anNot only is Liquid Swords the best solo Wu album thus far, it is also quite possibly the best hip hop album in the last two decades. With an unparalleled balance of lyricism and production, The Gza remains as one of the best storytellers since Slick Rick. It reignites what 36 Chambers did back in 93 and reminds us that hip hop isn't a genre, it's a lifestyle. For The Gza, a lifestyle full of chess boxing in the rough, dark boroughs of NYC. If you're a fan of Hip Hop, this album should be at the front of your record crate. 'Unbalanced like elephants and ants on see saws.' Expand
  2. Nov 27, 2014
    10
    The best Wu album. One of the best Hip Hop albums. One of the many great testaments to RZAs production as the Shaolin theme reigns supremeThe best Wu album. One of the best Hip Hop albums. One of the many great testaments to RZAs production as the Shaolin theme reigns supreme with perfectly blended old school kung fu style film samples....and thats just the sonics. Then GZA provides every reason for his given alias, Genius, as he combines gritty mafioso raps with universal principles. Front to Back Classic, Expand
  3. Sep 19, 2012
    10
    One of the best solo hip hop albums of all time. Accompanied with untouchable production, this album makes as much sense now as it did when itOne of the best solo hip hop albums of all time. Accompanied with untouchable production, this album makes as much sense now as it did when it was made. If you missed it, get it. Expand