• Record Label: Def Jam
  • Release Date: May 18, 2004
Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Q Magazine
    80
    Kanye West's debut aside, it's the essential hip hop album of the year so far. [Jun 2004, p.102]
  2. Spin
    75
    Tical 0... takes that voice and plugs it into more than a dozen tried-and-true rap templates. [Jun 2004, p.104]
  3. While Tical 0: The Prequel is an adequate and at times entertaining record, too much collaboration has overshadowed the rhyming prowess and lyrical wittiness of Method Man.
  4. Blender
    60
    Feels like surprisingly generic party rap. [May 2004, p.126]
  5. Entertainment Weekly
    58
    Meth's rugged rhymes still flow with effortless finesse, but for the first time, he loses his identity. [14 May 2004, p.68]
  6. It's, well, a thoroughly professional record. And therein lies the problem. Method Man, perhaps more than any other Wu-Tang member bar ODB, has personality to burn, and trying to force it into a box fit for any other hit rapper is an impossible task.
  7. Vibe
    50
    [He] sounds stuck in a rut. [June 2004, p.152]
  8. There's a sense of urgency when he is inspired by the production backing him, but when the beats coast along without much flair, Method Man does the same.
  9. Rolling Stone
    40
    The killer swarm of 1994's Tical and Tical 2000's astro-black ambition aren't anywhere to be seen. [27 May 2004, p.80]
  10. Give or take a couple hot tracks, this release is not likely to play a significant role in his legacy.
  11. A weak Meth album produced poorly and without imagination in the main, by an assortment of losers, with each track featuring a guest emcee.
  12. Bogged down by Meth's lackadaisical approach and reliance on guest appearances, Tical 0: The Prequel falls flat on its befuddled front.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 5 out of 20
  1. AlexT.
    Sep 7, 2007
    9
    Good album, not meths best but still tru wu.
  2. Gnat
    Dec 6, 2006
    6
    Just too weak for Meth-Tical. And I hear no Wu-style here. That's no good.
  3. SpikeJams
    Sep 29, 2005
    6
    This album is okay at most. It seems to be put together for the masses, not for the true fans of the Wu. It falls flat when comparing to his This album is okay at most. It seems to be put together for the masses, not for the true fans of the Wu. It falls flat when comparing to his last two albums, and will go by the wayside in the decade that comes. Full Review »