8 Diagrams Six years after their last album, much has changed for the Clan. Sure, ODB died, but that ain't the half of it. Producer RZA —… 8 Diagrams Six years after their last album, much has changed for the Clan. Sure, ODB died, but that ain't the half of it. Producer RZA —… 2007-12-11 Wu-Tang Clan Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

8 Diagrams (2007)

Wu-Tang Clan | WU-TANG CLAN The beats on 8 Diagrams aren't exactly RZA sharp
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WU-TANG CLAN The beats on 8 Diagrams aren't exactly RZA sharp
EW's GRADE
C-

Details Release Date: Dec 11, 2007; Lead Performance: Wu-Tang Clan; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Six years after their last album, much has changed for the Clan. Sure, ODB died, but that ain't the half of it. Producer RZA — geeked off his recent soundtrack work (Ghost Dog, Kill Bill) — is mucking about with live instruments and limp beats. The result is a drab dilution of the Wu's signature sample-heavy, raucous sound on 8 Diagrams. Meanwhile, Raekwon, Meth & Co. have lost their lyrical ferocity. Judging by this disappointing return, Wu-Tang may not be forever after all.
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Originally posted Dec 14, 2007 Published in issue #970 Dec 21, 2007 Order article reprints
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