User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30

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  1. 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 it was made. If you missed it, get it.
  2. 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 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
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94

Universal acclaim - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. 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.
  2. Sep 7, 2012
    90
    In terms of conceptual realisation, Liquid Swords is a blueprint for the perfect Wu record.
  3. Sep 7, 2012
    80
    17 years on, Liquid Swords represents hard-nosed hip-hop at its peak. [Oct 2012, p.117