Music Review | posted 13.09.2011
Wu-Tang Clan
Legendary Weapons
E1 Music, 2011
Text Tony Kunstmann , Translation Julia Frohn
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Legendary Weapons is yet another attempt of the legendary Clan to bring back the feeling of the good old times, and to re-wrap Wu-Tang-typical elements into a more contemporary sound. This time, it seems to work much more authentically than in recent projects like Wu-Massacre and Chamber Music, in which they also tried to fulfill this promise but could not quite live up to it. Since the new record is not presented as the 6th studio-album, but rather as a compilation, various guests take their turn and the Clan-members hardly ever perform together. GZA and Masta Killa are even not to be heard, at all. Yet again, it’s producer-icon RZA who’s in charge of it all, even though the responsibility was shared equally with The Revelations from Brooklyn, to which Lil’ Fame of M.O.P. belongs. The results of this cooperation – as expected – are soul-samples with dusty drums and well-chosen Kung-Fu-quotes. All this is accompanied by the harsh street-lyrics of Sean Price, Roc Marciano, AZ, Termanology, M.O.P. and Action Bronson, as well as Killa Sin, Trife Diesel and Bronze Nazareth from the closer surrounding of the Clan. It’s exactly this mixture combined with the successful †žback-in-the-days†œ-leitmotif, which makes Legendary Weapons become an authentic sampler, proving that the sound straight from the slums of Shaolin has not vanished from the history books, yet, and won’t be doing so any time soon, either. Of course, it doesn’t sound as it did in ‘93, and it’s not even meant to do, but the classical Wu-Tang-flair has been reestablished in a believable manner, and it can only be hoped for it to be continued on the Wu-Tang-Clan-album announced for 2012.

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