1994 was tremendous, as I've said time and time again. I'm here to set the record straight with Method Man's debut album, Tical. One year after coming off of the successful and classic debut Wu-Tang album, Meth was the first to step up to the plate and release the first Wu solo album, to much hype. A lot has been said about this album, that it was weak, average, disappointing, what have you. But the bottom line(which will be addressed in The Last Word) is that this album represents Meth in his prime, representing in a way that he SHOULD'VE represented on his second album. Here's the COMPLETE review, well I'll do my best:
Album Highlights: Tical, Biscuits, Bring The Pain, All I Need, What The Blood Clot, Meth vs.Chef(listen as Meth and Rae do battle, just for fun), Release Yo Delf, I Get My Thang In Action, Stimulation, and Mr.Sandman(RZA and Inspektah Deck KILL this track) and Method Man(Remix).
Production: Thumbs in the middle, leaning SLIGHTLY towards up. RZA's production gems are Bring The Pain, Meth vs. Chef, What The Blood Clot.
Lyrics and Subject Matter: Thumbs up, but slightly.
Originality: Thumbs in the middle.
The Last Word: Here's the deal. Is the album a CLASSIC? Sadly no, but the songs described in the album highlights section are classics. This album is NOT up there with the likes of Raekwon and GZA's first albums. It's a decent first album from Meth, and it's strong enough for a four star rating. Overall, I recommend this for the fans of the early Wu-Tang, when they were clearly in their primes. However, even with the platinum and award winning success of this album, with a little more planning and effort, this album could've been much better.