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Chamber Music
     

Chamber Music

by Wu-Tang Clan
 

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Continuing to frustrate fans with packaging that must be deciphered, the Wu-Tang 2009 release Chamber Music arrived with only two months notification, that big "W" logo/endorsement on the cover, no GZA on the track list, and no sign of "Clan" on the cover. Crack it open and there are enough short interludes to suggest this is a mixtape --

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Continuing to frustrate fans with packaging that must be deciphered, the Wu-Tang 2009 release Chamber Music arrived with only two months notification, that big "W" logo/endorsement on the cover, no GZA on the track list, and no sign of "Clan" on the cover. Crack it open and there are enough short interludes to suggest this is a mixtape -- which it really isn't -- plus there are three themes if you look even closer. First, the backing tracks are all created by a live band, the versatile Revelations, who provide everything from dubby funk for the great "Harbor Masters" to no wave dance beats for the creeping highlight "Ill Figures." Next, the guests are veteran rappers like AZ, Kool G Rap, Masta Ace, and Sean Price, plus production is left to the second- and third-tier of affiliates with RZA only contributing beats to "NYC Crack," a noir cut right in line with his Digi Snacks album. A line about having "more G's than Sicily" (the superb "Evil Deeds" with Ghostface and Havoc), the kung fu-talk interludes, and his conceptual vision for the set are RZA's main contributions, but on the latter he fails to follow through. Chamber Music, with all its throwback collabos, only faintly reminds the listener of yesteryear, but track by track it satisfies with the core Wu members sounding purposeful and sometimes even united. In the large hall of fringe Wu releases best left to loyal fans, this one at least places in the top third.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/30/2009
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0099923421528
catalogNumber:
4215

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Performance Credits

Wu-Tang Clan   Primary Artist
Fabio Morgera   Horn
RZA   Keyboards
Jay Rodriguez   Horn
Josh Werner   Bass,Guitar,Various
Gintas Janusonis   Drums
Thea VanSeijen   Vocals
Borahm Lee   Keyboards
Wes Mingus   Guitar
Thea Van Seijen   Vocals

Technical Credits

AZ   Contributor
Willie Mitchell   Composer
RZA   Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Revelations   Audio Production
Bob Perry   Producer,Audio Production
Ghostface Killah   Contributor
M.O.P.   Contributor
Havoc   Contributor
Inspectah Deck   Contributor
Josh Werner   Producer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Gintas Janusonis   Producer,Audio Production
Fizzy Womack   Producer,Audio Production
Arnold Mischkulnig   Engineer
Raekwon the Cheff   Contributor
Noah Rubin   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Sean Price   Contributor
Tre Williams   Contributor
Thea VanSeijen   Hook
Andrew Kelley   Producer,Art Direction,Audio Production

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