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Vibe reviews GZA's 4th LP - 2002-10-30 09:31:21

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[wimg=left]../images/news/02_10_31_gza.jpg[/wimg]Vibe Magazine has reviewed GZA's Legend Of The Liquid Sword and gave it 4 out of 5 discs. Here's the review:

GZA is a problem: Anyone who would blindside a sleeping population with an album as unexpectedly powerful as Legend Of The Liquid Sword poses a clear and present danger. Folks were understandably lulled-on GZA's last LP, Beneath The Surface (1999), his scrawny beats couldn't support his heavy lyrical content. But this time he backs his steady, measured flow with enough production power to rouse the world from its slumber.

On "Luminal", GZA's verses about a serial killer are so bloodcurdling, listeners will sramble to lock their doors. DJ Muggs's ominous beats only heighten the fear factor. For the title tack, GZA reflects candidly on his career against Jaz-O's feverish drum droplets, and a stellar hook from Christion's Allen Anthony. The album's most eye-opening track, "Animal Planet", layers the rising and crashing of heavy drums under a smoky vocal sample as GZA introduces a world where giraffes 'play lookout for gorillas in the mist'. But unlike some of that wild kingdom's inhabitants, GZA is far from extinction. He's still a beast.

Written by Damien Lemon for Vibe Magazine

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