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Tical

Method Man

1994

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Tical
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Tical is the debut studio album by American rapper and Wu-Tang Clan member Method Man. It was released November 15, 1994, by Def Jam Recordings. It was the first Wu-Tang solo album released after the group's debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). Similar to all first generation solo Wu-Tang projects, Tical was mainly produced by group member RZA, who provided a dark, murky and rugged sound. The album features guest appearances from RZA, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, as well as several affiliates, who would later appear on future group projects. On October 5, 2017, Method Man revealed on the Viceland talk show Desus & Mero that the album's title is an acronym for "taking into consideration all lives."Tical was a critical and commercial success, reaching number four on the US Billboard 200, and number one on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums. On January 18, 1995, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and on July 13, 1995, the record was certified platinum for the shipment of one million copies in the United States. The success for the album was driven by two singles: "Bring the Pain" and "I'll Be There for You / You're All I Need to Get By".

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

Day 33 of Album You Must Hear... Today, a lot of the younger generation see Wu-Tang Clan as a brand and mostly recognize the big golden W more than they would the artists or music they created from 1993 on. When I first heard Protect Ya Neck when I was a kid, I was intrigued with the mysterious group of NY MC’s. They were so different from anything else at the time. How many members were there? Are they some kind of Kung-Fu masters? Without the internet, all of us kids would speculate endlessly about the Wu-Tang Clan. Some kids would claim that the clan consisted of thousands of members, some would even try to convince others that they were members of this secret society. With Mortal Kombat, the explicit, bloody martial arts arcade game exploding around the same time as Wu-Tang Clan’s debut, it was perfect timing for the group that took heavy influence from Kung-Fu B movies of the Seventies just as much as they did street life. With the direction of the The Scientist, RZA (Prince Rakeem), Wu-Tang went viral before there was viral. Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) would soon be in every hip-hop head’s collection. In an unorthodox deal at the time, the collective were signed to Loud Records, while individually, the members were allowed to pursue solo deals with other labels. While RZA was the first to follow up 36 Chambers with his project group, Gravediggaz, Method Man was the first to release a solo album, Tical, in 1994. While RZA was the producer and quarterback of the Wu, Method Man was the star of the group in the early years. As the youngest of the clan, he even had a self titled song on 36 Chambers that was a huge single. On Tical, Method Man would keep the momentum going with his slick bars and cooler than cool style. On the opening track, Tical, you’re instantly greeted with the familiar production of RZA, with Kung-Fu movie samples, the sounds of Shaolin swords and eerie underground strings. Bring the Pain is a faster paced bravado song where Method Man flexes for any other rapper that wants the ruckus. All I Need is the first song from any of the Wu-Tang Clan collective to approach the topic of love. It’s sentimental nature paid of ten-fold, especially when Mary J. Blige would feature on the remix with the sweet sample of Marvin Gaye’s You’re All I Need To Get By, and won the duo a Grammy Award. (Heads up, this version isn’t on the original LP). Meth Vs. Chef is a great show-and-tell of two great wordsmiths, Method Man and Raekwon. Release Yo Delf, my favorite song from Tical, is upbeat, has triumphant horns blaring that have me feeling like I’m about to go into battle, and has an interpolation of the 1978 song I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor. Method Man also channels his inner Ol’ Dirty Bastard towards the end of the song. Method Man (Remix) closes out Tical with great fashion, with his ability to harmonize and rap at the same time. In my opinion, there are a couple of filler tracks on Tical that don’t exactly match the quality of others, but it doesn’t keep this from being a definite Must Hear, especially for any Hip-Hop fan of any age. Method Man had a very unique style. In between bars, instead of just taking a breath, he would suck air through his teeth and cheeks in a audible way that was almost like an ad lib. In the music videos, he wears sharp fanged gold fronts, an all white contact in his left eye, wrapped philly blunts tucked into his visor, and his trademark black gloves. As dark as the themes usually were, Method Man was also known to dance a bit while performing. In closing, I recently complimented a young lady on her dope Wu-Tang Clan mask and matching shirt. When I jokingly asked if she could name any of the members, or even a song, she couldn’t. Not even one. So, this one is for all my 80’s and 90’s babies out there! Either way, WU-TANG IS FOREVER! Please share your thoughts, memories and opinions!!

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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

The first Wu-Tang Clan solo album to follow the seismic impact of Enter the Wu-Tang, Method Man's Tical similarly delivers an otherworldly wallop, one that instantly sets the madcap MC apart from his clansmen as the collective's shining star. Not only is Meth madcap, both in terms of mentality and delivery, he's also incredibly witty and wordy. Here he inspires hilarity as well as astonishment, and the way that he fires off his rhymes with such seemingly spontaneous ease compounds this sense of wonder. Just as Meth is quite clearly leagues above practically every other rapper in 1994 sans a small handful, if that, so is his producer, Wu-Tang abbot RZA, who produces the entirety of Tical: from the antiquated flutes and kung fu flick samples that open the album, to the pulse-accelerating beats of "Bring the Pain" and the fist-pumping ones of "All I Need" (the b-boy version rather than the radio-geared one featuring Mary J. Blige), to the rallying, warlike horns of "Release Yo' Delf." Despite a few outside contributions, most notably from Raekwon on the rowdy spar-fest "Meth vs. Chef," Tical is strictly a two-man show, Meth bringing da ruckus and RZA the swarming soundscapes, and that's precisely what further makes this album such a treasure amid the many Wu-Tang gems. Where most of Meth's clansmen delivered guest-laden albums that sounded more like group efforts than solo ones, Tical strictly spotlights the group's two stars and does so with refreshingly straightforward flair. There's none of the epic overreaching that mars so many rap albums of the era; rather, there's just over a dozen tracks here, and they're filled to the brim with rhymes and beats and little else -- no pop-crossover concessions nor any heady experimentation for the sake of experimentation, just good ol'-fashioned hip-hop, albeit with a dark, dark deranged twist.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
5

Phenom of rap, with that signature Dark east coast sound. I might have a complaint or two, but the beats and flow are tops here, and that brings it all the way up baby.

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Sun Jan 08 2023
5

Out of all the first solo outputs of the Wu-Tang Clan members, this is the one that too many critics and listeners have always criminally *underrated* in my humble opinion. And it's happening again, on this app: OK, there are very few 5/5 grades, but if you pay attention to the 4/5 and even 3/5 reviews, the vast majority of those reviewers seem to have really, *really* enjoyed listening to this record (3/5 reviews are usually not that positive overall). Not taking into account the 2/5 and 1/5 marks here, where it's obvious that those other reviewers can't enjoy or even understand good hip hop. Since most of those complainers were quite candid about this lack of understanding on their part, I can still respect their honesty at least. Always better than the few bad faith takes here and there, like that one reviewer trying to explain how late nineties "gangster rap" was better, and then putting east coast Wu-Tang (as a whole unit) and west coast Dré, Snoop Dog or 2Pac under that *same* umbrella genre. As if those two groups of rappers were creating the same sort of music... Buy yourself some ears before giving us your "impressions", please. Anyway, and in spite of my own complaints about some of the reviews and grades, I'm so happy this record found its way to this list. Its overall mood is dark yet lively, RZA goes from one catchy loop to the next, and Method Man's husky voice and lyrical aggressivity do wonders. His voice is a little buried in the mix sometimes, but I actually like that choice, it adds to the hazy ambience of the whole thing. Listen to "Biscuits" or "Bring The Pain" for stellar examples of the sort of moodpiece RZA and Method Man can create here, one that's not so far from what the kind of murky trip-hop that someone like Tricky would play not so long after, right on the other side of the pond. Contrasting with those more atmospheric cuts, you have boom bap bangers such as "Release Yo' Delf"--with its blaring warlike horns and interpolations taken from "I Will Survive"--or "Mr Sandman" and its eerie and haunting opera-like soprano voice lurking in the background like a spooky ghost. Funny how those bangers are actually closer to the end of the album than the more atmospheric cuts. *Tical* kinda starts with low-key stakes, but it then builds up from one track to the next, and I can't praise that sort of tracklisting enough (and this in any genre). It's when everything goes out with a bang at the end that you fully realize the scope of this record. See the other boom bap miracle that "Stimulation" is (that goddamn sample of uneasy strings!) and the unavoidable remix of "Method Man" concluding the proceedings--a callback to *Enter The Wu-Tang* that obviously needed to be included here, in this first solo output from one of the most prominent member of the Staten Island crew. Speaking of the LP's "architecture", I also love the fact that this record is quite short for a hip hop album, and that the individual tracks never overstay their welcome themselves, encouraging repeated listens rather than meandering through too many filler cuts for 60 or 70 minutes (a flaw that even the greatest rap albums out there have often displayed). My overall grade for this thing would be 4.5/5, just to differentiate it from the masterpiece that GZA's *Liquid Swords* is when it comes to legendary Wu Tang solo outputs. Had *Tical* included the insanely good "All I Need' remix featuring Mary J. Blige (only released as a single), maybe it would have been up there with *Liquid Sword*, to be honest. But given the injustice I still sense in this album's reception, whether it was then or now, I'm gonna round up that grade to a perfect 5/5 here. Wu-Tang Forever! Number of albums left to review: 685 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 155 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 72 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more essential to me): 89

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Thu Nov 24 2022
3

A little downbeat, a little understated, and quite a bit gritty and lean. The mid-tempo vibes fade out or just break down in a way that feels both quiet and slightly ominous. The tinny shuffling drum beat links the track and one like the grace notes and chime-y bells that toll across cuts. No huge standouts, just a murky, sometimes menacing mood, like SI on a grey day, one supposes. And of course the Mussorgsky opening is a nifty touch. One feels inspired to log a bit more time in some Chambers with the WTC.

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Fri Dec 23 2022
5

Awesome album from Method Man. The solo projects after Enter the Wu-Tang Clan are definitely worth a listen. Method Man's flow is great and the guest appearances from the other Wu-Tang members really takes it to the top.

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Fri Dec 22 2023
5

This was... a lot of fun. I am a metal head who likes some rap. And this fits that category. It didn't drag with a bunch of wasted time or skits. The flow was great, his voice is clear and sounded awesome. Dude, full marks on this one.

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Mon Dec 25 2023
5

One of the best albums of all time hands down. Method Man was an absolute revelation here and could have been a global megastar if he was willing to play the game a bit more, still this was recognised at the grammys etc (which was very rare at the time). The album itself is so dark with those classic RZA simple hooks feeling like they're coming through a smoky club and MM's vocals feeling like they're thumping into your body out of the smoke. Every song on this is a classic, but it's the album itself which stands out as it brings them all together - you go from lyrical jousting with Meth Vs Chef to the slowly paced "Sub Crazy", then jumpy party tune "Release Yo' Delf", then moody and atmospheric "PLO Style", then "Mr Sandman" where you don't even realise what you are hearing until you're in the middle of the beautifully painted chaotic scene. Finally name one other artist who can put shout outs to all of his incarcerated friends and family in the middle of an album and it not even interrupt the flow but become an essential part. Love this album, in my top 5 of all time.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

The signature Wu Tang sound permeates this album, and Method Man's attitude comes through in every track.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

One of the first groups to switch me on to hip-hop was the Gravediggaz, and this album reminded me a lot of "6 Feet Deep" for obvious reasons. Love the grumbling hypnotic bass lines a load of these tracks have. Fave track - "Stimulation" as it reminds me a lot of Dr Octagon's "Blue Flowers", which was another one of my hip-hop first loves. I'm a sucker for a meandering ethereal melody line lifted from a classical piece, it seems!

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Sat Jun 26 2021
4

It might not be my favorite Wu-Tang solo album (that title belongs to GZA's "Liquid Swords"), but Tical is still an essential entry in the Wu catalog. I reserve the fifth star only because it sounds a bit dated to modern ears, but Meth's talent and skills are completely undeniable and the best songs on the album ("Release Yo' Delf" jumps to mind) are bona fide classics.

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Thu May 27 2021
4

Tres bon rap et tres bon 1er album solo. Son flow est là.4.5

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

My second favourite member of the Wu. On this, his debut album Method man wages lyrical warfare on any man that tries to test. The influence of Jamaican soundsystem clash culture and the Wu's inimitable Shaolin, Kung-Fu style production make this album a vicious assault on the senses. Dark, gritty and aggressive, Tical is a stand out album in mid 90s hip-hop. Best track: Bring the Pain & Release Yo Delf.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

another album i listened to a ton as a kid, but have since written it off as a guilty pleasure. looking forward to this listen. 1/2 way - just as good as i remember it. method has incredible flow compared to most of today's rappers IMO.

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Sat May 22 2021
4

Pretty solid Boom Bap album. I've been meaning to check out the solo material from the Wu-Tang members for awhile

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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

I need to listen to a few more times as it's super layered. The flow is great of course, but there is so much going on in the background that deserves to be heard. There's a tinge of darkness and moodiness to this album that is really intriguing. An excellent addition to the mystique of the Wu Tang Clan

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Fri Jan 12 2024
4

Method Man ain’t nothing to fuck wit

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Sat Jan 13 2024
4

Fav track: Bring The Pain Least fav track: Biscuits

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Wed Apr 28 2021
3

Tical is the debut studio album by American rapper and Wu-Tang Clan member Method Man. This is the first solo album by a Wu-Tang Clan member after their debut album, "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)." Method Man has gone on to say the title of this album is an acronym for "taking into consideration all lives," and I'm very excited to experience that consideration. This album opens with the titular track "Tical," at 3 minutes and 57 seconds. This track has a muddy buildup of audio samples from kung fu movies over a beat until Mr. Man's vocals come in. This song feels very much like a 90s east coast hip hop track, with lyrics about weed and other drugs, per Genius.com: "In 2011 interview with Complex, Meth revealed that this song was performed while he was high on “dust” (a.k.a. angel dust or PCP)". Track 2, "Biscuits," features another consistent hip hop beat with lyrics of meth, guns, and other lyrical assault! Next up is "Bring the Pain," which offers another consistent beat with Method Man rapping about being real: "if you’re really real, then you need to bring the pain because pain is the only real thing in life, its something that you feel." The next track on this album is "All I Need," where Method Man raps about his girlfriend and their dreams of having 1,000 kids together. The Beatles said that love is all we need, and I think Meth agrees. "What the Blood Clot!?!" is track #5 on Tical, and Meth raps about an argument he had with other members of WTC. I like these storytelling lyrics: "Keep your thoughts on your lessons What the Blood Clot!?! To tell the truth you don't amaze me Killa Hill Project, a Star Trek phaser couldn't faze me" A classic "what the FUCK" track. After blood clot comes "Meth Vs. Chef," a rap battle track between Meth and Raekwon the Chef. There are some great disses on this track, and I am all about that. There's a boxing ring and audience applause in this song that really gives it a competitive feel and it's really fun. "Sub Crazy" comes next on this album, it features a really cool, kinda spooky beat. I dig it! "Release Yo' Delf" featuring Blue Raspberry is another dis-like track. Meth goes off about the other industry singers/rappers. Blue Raspberry reminds us that those careers won't be lasting long while a siren wails in the background. The next track, "P.L.O Style" (aka Palestinian Liberation Organizations [unorthodox and ruthless fighting tactics]) features Carlton Fisk. This track was inspired by guerrilla tactics in the middle east used to de-establish Israel in favor of Palestinian justice. "I Get My Thang in Action" is another solid track by Method Man with wonderful word play and clever phrasing: "Shiiit, I told the boy If you can't get yourself a ten The least you can do is fuck five twos And we out, Method" You can't compete with that. Track 11, "Mr. Sandman," features an ensemble posse consisting of Carlton Fisk, Streetlife, Blue Raspberry, Inspectah Deck, and RZA. New York-specific lyrics mixed with Blue Raspberry's high octave singing of "Mr. Saaaandman (bring me a dream)" gives this track a true chaotic, fun energy. Track 12, "Stimulation" is the final track exclusive to this album (as the final track is a remix from an earlier Wu-Tang album) and features Blue Raspberry singing, welcoming the listener to Method Man's stimulation of our senses. Another solid hip hop track to nod one's head to. The closing track, "Method Man (remix)" is a "fat dub stack" song (a bag of weed that weighs a little heavier than usual. Showing how this song being a remix is giving you a little more than usual.) This track asks "Have you had your meth today?" and now I can say I have! I'm not too well-versed with 90s hip hop, but this album is consistently good, with no "filler" songs or boring, celebrity-filled garbage. A solid album with some amazing word play. Favorite track: Meth Vs. Chef Honorable mention: All I Need

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

I keep trying to like Wu-Tang because I feel that someone who digs hip hop should like them. And I kind of do, but not for a whole album. At the end of the day, though, I like my hip-hop with hooks. Must be the pop guy in me. Also, for all the talk about what a genius producer RZA is, I often feel like his records lack depth. And on this album there were several tracks where I couldn't clearly hear the rappers. i didn't hate this. and at least this one mostly avoids all the long chattery intros that plague so much of Wu-Tang albums from this era. If one of these songs came on in a mix, I'd be excited to hear it. But a whole album just wears me down.

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Sun Nov 27 2022
3

I love Wu Tang and Method Man but for whatever reason I can't fully get down with Tical. I know it's regarded as Method Man's best album but maybe I just like him more as a verse here and there in other songs.

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Sun Dec 04 2022
3

Je pense que c'est l'album hip-hop que j'ai préféré jusqu'à présent. La pièce Release Yo' Delf m'a vraiment interpellée. J'aime la voix de Method Man. J'ai aussi trouvé l'ensemble plus épuré, moins «tape-à-l'œil» que ce qu'on entend habituellement dans le genre.

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Sun Mar 05 2023
3

What can I really say about this album. It is… a wu-tang album. It’s good. But I will be honest with the exception of ODB I’m not entirely blown away by any solo wu-tang member

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Wed Jun 23 2021
2

Some ok tracks but overly long and not particularly melodic hiphop/rap

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Wed Jan 11 2023
2

The same beat for every song, lyrics I could hardly hear. Very average

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Wed Jan 24 2024
2

No. 107/1001 Tical 3/5 Biscuits 2/5 Bring The Pain 3/5 All I Need 2/5 What The Blood Clot 3/5 Meth vs. Chef 3/5 Sub Crazy 3/5 Release Yo' Delf 2/5 P.L.O. Style 3/5 I Get My Thang In Action 2/5 Mr. Sandman 1/5 Stimulation 2/5 Method Man 2/5 Average: 2,38 Didn't really like this at all

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Thu May 27 2021
5

Wutang Clan aint nothing to fuck with

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Thu Sep 16 2021
5

great beats and his flow is top notch he has a way better switch of tempo compared to N.W.A. from earlier this week Probably one of the only 5 star albums where I won't add a song from it, but I can respect that this is a bomb album

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Fri Feb 25 2022
5

Method had all the best rhymes in the 90's - Fav Track: Bring the Pain - one of my top rap songs, PERIOD.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
5

Fuck yeah. Keep it moving, ya punk.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
5

Love wu-tang, listening to Method Man extends that, and generates a banging song radio afterwards too

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Mon Jul 04 2022
5

god damn this fucks so hard can’t believe this came out in 1994 nearly every song is such a banger, I can’t believe I like this so much but here I am - 10/10, at time a little repetitive but not too bad

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Fri Sep 30 2022
5

This is dope! Finally some fucking hip-hop. This would appear to be Method Man's first album. The quality isn't great and some of the beats I find tedious and unappealing, but Method has such command with his distinct voice I could listen to him on just about anything.

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Wed Mar 15 2023
5

ovo je skoro petica, zašto? najdraži mi je iz wu-tanga, nažalost nema tako dobru solo karijeru kao Raekwon ili Ghostface Killah, ali je bar dao ovaj sluznjavi, mračni, sirovi i old school zvučni album. baš se osjeti taj period glazbe, osjete se godine izdanja ovog klasika.

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Fri Apr 28 2023
5

The way any of the WuTang era melds lofi beats and Kung Fu spirit with hard lyrics, it's such a microcosm of hip hip that can never be replicated.

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Wed May 31 2023
5

I'm familiar with his biggest hits but I never did a deep dive of his albums before. Very impressive skills of rapping/flow just goes to show how much of a legend Method Man is. Fantastic rap album!

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Mon Jun 05 2023
5

It's great but Release yo' Delf is so good I can't dock *s. Absolute banger

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Fri Sep 01 2023
5

Rap makes me think a lot of Metal in that both are Ouroboros genres. Which is to say that in the same way that metal is consuming and recreating itself in search of something "harder", rap does the same. This aside is to point out how tame this album sounds in 2023 especially after everything from speed rap to the island boys. That being said, tame doesn't mean bad - this album is absolutely killer and the snippets of lyrics that I picked up were super insightful about the black perspective of NYC that was trying to come out of total bankrupcy/warzone status in the 1970s. I think of art as trying to make others see the world through your (inherently inaccessible) eyes, and intentional or not, this album succeeds at that while also being musically great.

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Sun Sep 03 2023
5

Holy crap. I love Method Man every time he shows up on a Wu-Tang-related album, I've got "Blackout" and "Blackout 2" (his albums with Redman), and I've seen "How High" more times than I can count ... or remember. Despite that, I hadn't listened to even one of his solo albums until today. I expected good things, but I was unprepared for just how excellent this album is. It's hard to find a much smoother lyricist than Meth, and he doesn't disappoint on this album. Production-wise, my first impression is that this is some of RZA's best work—right up there with "36 Chambers." RZA's signature kung fu film samples create moody, musical landscapes that Meth nimbly battles through without a missed step. This album is top-notch kung fu.

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Wed Oct 11 2023
5

I learned a lot while listening to this album. When the RZA would make a fresh beat, the clan would rap battle for the rights to use it. Word warrior quality control. If you couldn't spit it, youd never get it. Amazing. The energy is so positive. Method reflects light and love against the backdrop of a violent and turbulent world. Wu Tang really is forever.

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Mon Nov 20 2023
5

Great samples and sound, with great lyrics and flow, which is expected from a Wu-Tang member on his debut album after creating the excellent Enter the Wu-Tang. I will say I enjoy this album more than Wu-tangs, as I enjoyed Method Man's verses on that album a lot, and feel that this doesn't have some of the other performances that might take away from his lyrical and rap work. (I'm looking at you Dirty Old Bastard) Overall really happy this was today's album, as I never looked into Wu-tang members and their solo careers, and now I feel like I might have to. Very nostalgic sound for me, and definitely an album that will be in my rotation for years to come.

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Thu Dec 14 2023
5

It's the most pop Wu Tang album. Which means it has an entire song about Palestinian liberation and the smokiest production RZA ever did. And a song fully celebrating women by a 90s male hip hop artist - as someone who grew up on 90s hip hop that's unprecedented. Despite being about the fourth or fifth best Wu record within a two year period FIVE STARS.

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Wed Jan 03 2024
5

Enjoyed this (4.5 stars). Particularly because (i) He has a funny lisp and (ii) His performance as Cheese in The Wire is so great!

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Fri Feb 16 2024
5

The premier Wu solo album, superior even to the usual consensus picks Liquid Swords and Cuban Linx. Some rap albums get flabby, too many skits and throwaway tracks but this is tight and efficient from start to finish. Highly recommend seeking out the Prodigy remix of Release Yo Delf on the deluxe edition as well. Brilliantly creepy/paranoid sounding.

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Mon Mar 25 2024
5

Epic. Flies under the radar of Cuban Linx Pt 1 and Liquid Swords, but is one of the classic Wu-Tang bangers.

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Wed Mar 27 2024
5

Great coast feel with tasteful production and flow

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Sun Mar 31 2024
5

After wu-tang's debut, they went on a few year streak of releasing just banger solo albums one after the other, all produced by RZA from the clan. This one starts that streak off, and though it's maybe my least favourite from the first batch of solo albums, that's not really a negative. It's still grimey and dirty, immaculately produced, and fun as hell. Only complaint is the mixing can be a bit off in sections, like he's being drowned out by the beat. There's nothing like early wu-tang though, it's too good.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

1994: Bring The Pain, Meth Vs. Chef, What The Blood Clot

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

Very mature album for 94 and a couple of bangers on there but a bit sweary for me

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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

Slaps. Pretty. Fucking Hard.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

A lot better than I expected. Moody, bluesy rap. I liked it.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

It’s method man. So yeah, great! More exceptional, but great.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

Good to very good. That first wave of Wu solo releases was quite special.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
4

great one although a little derivative from the WTC work, I mean, why a solo path that sounds almost like the group?. When I was young I wondered if they had not access to good recording studios but now I know that foggy sound is actually deliberated and I love it

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Sun Apr 18 2021
4

The first solo Wu Tang release and not the greatest but still a very good album. RZA is one of the greatest producers working.

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Sat Jun 19 2021
4

// Favs: Biscuit / Bring The Pain / What The Blood Clot / Release Yo' Delf / Method Man Score: Light to Decent 4

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Thu May 20 2021
4

It's wu-tang, what more do you want.

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Tue Jun 01 2021
4

Classic Wu-Tang sound. Solid all the way through.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

Dark and moody, like Gerald Ford on a good day

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

El klasiko wu tangowe na liscie, nie moze byc, jest to pierwsza solowa plyta tangowa wydana prawie rowny rok po 36 chambersach, wiec 94, jest to takze pierwszy solowy material w dyskografii pana Methoda, czyli jednej z najwazniejszych postaci chambersowej, bo jesli chodzi o kunszt liryczny nie ma on sobie rownych w skladzie, ale co z ticalem, album praktycznie w calosci wyprodukowany przez RZA z pomoca 4th Disciple na dwoch trakach, jesli chodzi o featury to tak jak to bywa na wutangowych materialach musi pojawic sie ktos z bandy, ale tutaj akurat featury sa bardzo oszczedne, co podkresla solowy charakter plyty, jedynie Mr. Sandman jest trakiem goscinnym gdzie mozna uslyszec Decka RZE pana Blue Raspberry, Streetlife i Fiska, ktory pojawia sie takze na P.L.O style, poza tym jeszcze kawalek meth vs chef z Reakwonem, bo jak mowi lore wu tangowe membery musialy sie duelowac o bity, wiec taki duel wlasnie tutaj ma miejsce, przy czym zwyciescy tutaj nie ma wiec obaj panowie sa na traczku, glownymi motywami bedzie tytulowy tical, chociaz sam meth zdradzil gdzies, ze to akronim od taking into consideration all lives, no ale jednak marihuanina sie przewija przez cala plyte, wraz z opowiesciami o zyciu na projektach, milosciach projektowych, no i typowym dla methoda lirycznym prezeniu skillow, solidne 13 kawalkow zamkniete na 43 minutach cidika, na plejke ciezko cos dodam, bo najbardziej klasyczne kawalki jak bring the pain czy mr sandman juz dawno dodane, wiec sluchajac tym razem hajlajtami beda wspomniany juz meth vs chef jako najlepszy ficzur ktory wyciaga flow samego metha na nowy poziom, kolejnym numerem bedzie what the blood clot, czyli jechanka po calej bandzie, wiec bardzo niecodzienny okaz w tak zgranym skladzie, przynajmniej jeszcze w tamtym czasie, gdy RZA rzadzil silna lapa, tak w ogole bloodclot chyba razem sie powinno pisac po dzamajskiemu ingriszu

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

Very nice, although not as good as some Wu Tang members solo albums.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

A fresh addition to 1990s East Coast hip-hop. As a detachment from legendary hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan, this album demonstrates Method Man's sharp and clever abilities, namely in rapping as a persona. 'Tical' (album) is quick and full of wit, ready to lunge at you if your attention ever sways.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

What we have here is a continuation, or perhaps less generously an appendix, to Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). We have the same methodology (hah!), the same kung-fu samples, a slightly lighter atmosphere and a slightly more technologically swanky approach to production. But the connections to Enter the Wu-Tang aren't just obvious, but declared; one of the tracks is a remix of Method Man, one of the standouts from Enter the Wu-Tang. To be clear, Enter the Wu-Tang is one of the great albums of the nineties, so where stands this: a noble sequel, a development of an established aesthetic, an exercise in caution or a placeholder? Well, Method Man and Rza are too talented for the last two, and Tical is in no way a bad album. It's just that you wish for more of a distinction from the earlier album. I'll still give it four stars, but that's in part goodwill.

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Sun Dec 12 2021
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: All I need

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

No le he prestado atención a lo que rapea pero sí a cómo suena. Y suena muy elegante. Me dan ganas de escuchar más cosas suyas y de los Wu-Tang Clan.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

Excellent – I love the raps and beats (even if all WTC sounds the same), will definitely listen closer.

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Sun Jan 09 2022
4

i think i really liked this. the schoolhouse rock references were so unexpected and fucking hilarious

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Sun Jan 09 2022
4

90s hip hop when done well is consistently one of my favorite genres and this was done really well… tempted to give it a 5 but i shant.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

Solid solo effort from Mr Meth, sticking to the format that worked so well on the Wu Tang debut album - grimy RZA beats, Kung Fu movie samples, Meth spitting darts. Moody, atmospheric, classy.

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Sat Feb 05 2022
4

Great album with an incredible, dark atmosphere. I actually liked it a lot more than I used to.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

Method Man oozes wit, but sometimes his theatrical persona can run counter to his flow. Regardless, some of the grooves and samples here are so well produced, and they really ground things some of the darker/deranged themes on Tical. 3.5/5 Fav Tracks: Release 'Yo Delf, Tical, Bring the Pain, All I Need

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

Rap, but actually pretty good.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

I don’t have enough background and knowledge to know how to really rate this but 4 stars seems right

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

Great instrumentals classic samples. One of the best solo records from this first wu tang hiatus era.

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Mon Mar 28 2022
4

Love the wu production, and the variance through the album.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
4

Almost a 5, really reminiscent of 36 chambers- very good but it feels tired in some spots. Hence the 4, will listen to again

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

Was great, feeling like badass, nice sampling of well known songs.

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Mon May 02 2022
4

Interesting to hear the lisp and some pop culture references. Solid album.

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Fri May 13 2022
4

The Nice dark and sleazy Method Man drawl makes this a mean rhymed record. Solid album.

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Thu May 26 2022
4

The first solo Wu Tang album, and in many ways it's a proper successor, reusing samples and referencing the gang, with the same vibe that made the debut so amazing. In a lot of other ways, it holds its own identity, clouding itself in an atmosphere of dark, industrial, claustrophobic music. "What the Blood Cot" for example has both RZA and Method Man talking at the same time. Method Man is an incredible rapper in his own right. He's been featured in his own self-titled track on the debut, which I complimented before for being an excellent showcase of his smooth flow and mature, collective attitude. Had a music video and was a successful single and all. I consider him the most accessible member, closely tying with Inspectah Deck and GZA. I did think the 4-track stretch from "Sub Crazy" to "I Get My Thang In Action" was weak. But I did legitimately enjoy everything before and the last 2 to the point where I couldn't pick a favorite. "Mr. Sandman" is pretty much just a Wu-Tang track. I also enjoyed the single "I'll Be There For You" with Mary Blige.

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Sun Jul 31 2022
4

buena experiencia, el sonido es similar al de wutang, es obvio por qué. la portada está dura, los beats están duros, la voz de method man es asesina.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

Dark, moody, richly layered. One listen isn’t enough.

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Tue Sep 06 2022
4

90s producers learn how to mix challenge

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

I don’t lean towards rap or hip hop generally, but I enjoyed this album more than I thought I would.

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