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  • Summary: Wu-Tang's Method Man, Ghostface Killah, and Raekwon join up again with an album produced by RZA and Mathematics.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Method Man's acid sarcasm grounds Ghostface Killah's tightly wound exclamations, which in turn nicely balance Raekwon's flinty realism, and the trio's rhymes are well served throughout by big, soulful beats.
  2. Though the tight, cohesive, filler-free 12-track project sometimes feels more like a super-sized EP than a proper album, it’s worth remembering that Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) changed hip-hop with just 13 tracks.
  3. 80
    Whereas past Wu albums have been scorned for their filler, Meth, Ghost and Rae leave plenty on the chopping block this time around, only allowing the best of the best to make the cut on Wu-Massacre.
  4. The result is an album that feels more like a compilation than a true collaboration.
  5. [The album was] rush-released by Def Jam on a low budget. It's a fact that's somewhat hard to hide behind the set's lean production and uneven narrative. But there's cohesion among most of the 13 tracks.
  6. Twenty-five minutes of these three on autopilot still hits more often than not, ultimately making this disc a mixtape-y More Fish-style companion to Cuban Linx II-- hardly necessary, but not inconsequential.
  7. 60
    There are flashes of grouchy greatness from all three--but only flashes. [Jul 2010, p.115]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Musikian
    Mar 31, 2010
    10
    Wu-Massacre is the return of Meth, Ghostface, and Raekwon's lyricism domination to the top of the charts. Incredible album.
  2. Jan 25, 2011
    8
    Ghost, Rae and Meth return with a convincing album that will appeal to die-hard fans but may not stimulate them like previous records. TheGhost, Rae and Meth return with a convincing album that will appeal to die-hard fans but may not stimulate them like previous records. The wordplay never drops below substantial though the style can be criticised as bland and lacking inspiration. This is in no way an insult to the hip-hop producers or MCs who write well but the album feels like it should have been released 8 years ago and has arrived too late for validation. This album was conceptualised as a response to ill-feeling about Rza's musical direction and therefore it lacks any. 'Its that Wu **** is one of the standout tracks that feels like it can hold its own weight in today's hip-hop market. 8/10 83/100 Expand
  3. kpat
    Apr 1, 2010
    4
    Wu tang had always aspired to break new lyrical boundaries coupled with grimy beats, producing generally what no other hip hop group could. Wu tang had always aspired to break new lyrical boundaries coupled with grimy beats, producing generally what no other hip hop group could. This latest "throw back" misses all those aspirations. The opening track "Criminology 2.5" has a very old wu tang appeal, with a reminiscent undertone. It then loses it's consistency when they throw tracks like "smooth sailing" or "miranda" at you. "Meth vs. Chef 2" also provides an old school wu tang feel, but the track's sheer repetitiveness will make you cringe by the end of it. In essence this wu tang was a complete miss in it's attempt to be a memoir to the grimy wu tang style we're all used to. For new listeners, if you don't believe me. Go and check out "36 chambers", "wu tang forever" or even "the W". Expand
  4. UptonK.
    Apr 12, 2010
    2
    This is old news. Tired. The beats are boring, the rapping is rapidfire and lame at the same time. There is no natural energy to be found. This is old news. Tired. The beats are boring, the rapping is rapidfire and lame at the same time. There is no natural energy to be found. Terribly contrived and just in it for the bucks. Expand