Tuesday, December 09, 2008

756. Method Man - Tical (1994)

Track Listing

1. Tical
2. Biscuits
3. Bring the Pain
4. All I Need - Method Man, Diggs, Robert
5. What the Blood Clot
6. Meth Vs. Chef
7. Sub Crazy
8. Release Yo' Delf
9. P.L.O. Style
10. I Get My Thang in Action
11. Mr. Sandman
12. Stimulation
13. Method Man
14. Bring the Pain
15. Release Yo' Delf


One thing that immediately comes to mind when listening to Method Man's Tical is how close it sounds to the Wu-Tang Clan's album we've had here a short while ago. This is obviously deliberate, the album is peppered with references to the Clan, some of the samples are the same etc.

This is appropriate for the first solo album to come out of that group and the production is again very similar, lo-fi,gritty and very good. That said, it seems like an extension of the previous Wu-Tang album more than a proper solo effort, all the good qualities of that album are here, but it doesn't really improve on it.

So in the end this is a mixed bag, while good in itself it is derivative, too similar to its direct ancestor just a year before and maybe slightly more chilled out, with moments that seem straight out of Portishead, but that just is not enough to put in the "great" category.

Track Highlights

1. Release Yo' Delf
2. Bring The Pain
3. All I Need
4. Tical

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

t was a commercial success reaching #4 on the Billboard 200 and earning a platinum certification from RIAA on July 13, 1995. This success was driven by its two singles, "Bring The Pain" and also "Release Yo Delf", which boasts an interpolation of "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor. The album is also critically hailed by many hip hop fans as a classic album. This may be attributed to the gritty production which was handled almost exclusively by RZA. Its success is matched by its influence as a major piece in the East Coast hip hop renaissance. It was included in Q Magazine's 50 Heaviest Albums of All Time.

Release Yo' Delf, sorry for the advert and the fact that the song is censored:

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