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Method Man - Tical 2000: Judgement Day Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 November 1998
Tical 2000: Judgement Day,
Def Jam Records
| Performance 7 | Sound 7.5 |

ImageWhy this album was delayed for months is anyone's best guess. Ours is that Def Jam and/or Meth himself knew how schizophrenic this album is; and the use of the term isn't by mistake. Method Man is an artist who's taken on almost as many monikers as there are members of the Wu-Tang Clan itself. Perhaps it is this struggle within which created 'Tical 2000: Judgment Day.'

Universally considered the Wu-Tang Clan's strongest voice, Meth has consistently proved his talent guesting on other artist's albums and on both Wu-Tang Clan releases. Still, the questions abound about his ability to hold his own on his own. Unfortunately, this album does not provide the answer. While virtually every song (aprox. sixteen of the twenty-eight tracks) stands strong on its own, 'Judgment Day' never seems to flow together with any sort of rhythm or cohesion. This is what is most surprising, because, even as Meth flows without missing a step, his overall album stacks random pieces together with seemingly little consideration for how the finished product will look. Now, perhaps, with all of the different personalities he encompasses, this chaos is what was intended. However, as inaccessible as Meth would like to be personally, it's hard to believe he would like to be so professionally. Our verdict: hung jury, see you back here for 'Tical 3: The Retrial.'

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