I do now know how exactly to express how much I love this album; the only thing I wish I could do to improve it would be to make it even longer. Listening to Wu-Tang Clan is simultaneously inspiring and depressing. Depressing because the quality of hip hop from other performers who AREN'T the Wu-Tang Clan is so terrible -- just compare the 12-year old "36 Chambers" album to 50cent's latest, ridiculous effort, and see how the Wu demolish any new hip hop today -- and also depressing because it isn't all that likely that there will be more Wu-Tang albums, especially since they no longer have the incomprable Ol' Dirty Bastard (R.I.P.). Inspiring, because Wu-Tang Clan is quite simply the greatest hip hop collective of all time (at least in my opinion. Also inspiring, because fifty years from now Wu-Tang Clan will be recognized as true artists and talents, where as most rappers of their own and the next generation will be rightly looked upon as a trend or a joke.
I love all the tracks, but my favorites are:
Track 1: C.R.E.A.M. = I particularly like how the song starts -- quietly, with O.D.B. warming up, and then BOOM, that classic beat. Utterly awesome.
Track 2: Method Man (skunk mix) = I would prefer the original that appeared in the 36 Chambers album, but this remix is still good, and showcases Method Man's lyrical ability
Track 3: Protect Ya Neck (bloody version) = this is a really good posse song, in the "Scenario" (T.C.Q.) vein
Track 4: Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuhting ta F' Wit: Another awesome posse song, that features a lot of Wu members on the mic
Track 6: Shame on a Nigga: Just listen to O.D.B.'s verses and if you're like me, you'll be like DAAAAYUMMMM....
Track 7: Mystery of Chessboxin': this is my favorite Wu track of all time. Especially Masta Killah's part at the end. His verse is just sick
Track 10: Triumph: Again. O.D.B. "Wu Tang is here FOREVER! Mothaf***as..." This song is my second favorite, especially since it showcases the entire collaborative in one song.
Track 11: Gravel Pit: O.D.B. is just sampled here (he couldn't rhyme on the actual track) but this song is still awesome. Great hook, too.
Buy this album. Buy this album. Buy this album. I said it three times because I really want you to. You won't regret it.