A lot of people base their reviews on how an album compares to one of its precessors. No matter how much effort he might put into the album, another Tical will never happen. Instead, we need to recognize that although 36 chambers, Tical, Liquid Swords, etc. were some of the best albums of all time... the fact is that artists evolve, as well as their sound. So try to not to compare it to music from over 10 years ago... instead compare it to music now, and the state of hip hop at the moment.
When looked at from that perspective, this is an excellent album. For the most part, I dont think it sounds anything like Tical, though I will admit that it has a gritty style that is slightly reminicent. Rest assured, it is much better than Tical 0.
Most of the tracks are real tight, with excellent production from a variety of people. I especially like the intro, Is It Me, Problem, Fall Out, Dirty Mef, 4:20, The Glide, Say, Konichiwa B****s, Everything, and Presidential MC. To be honest, the other tracks are good too. Cop this album cause it's dope, and it's just another example of how Wu-Tang is having a reawakening. With Masta Killa, Ghostface, Inspectah Deck, and Method Man dropping hot albums so far this year, and the highly-anticipated Raekwon album coming real soon, it's a good year for hip hop.... if you know where to look.