Liquid Swords (studio album) by GZA/Genius
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Liquid Swords is ranked as the best album by GZA/Genius.
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 83.6/100, a mean average of 81.4/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 83.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 18.3.
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Far superior production than on 36 Chambers, and one of the best I ever heard, and many of the performances are spectacular, but some of GZAs verses lack the necessary energy, taking a more introverted stance, which makes 36 Chambers more powerful overall.
This, along with 36C and Only Built 4 Cuban Linx are the quintessential WU-Tang records. The film sound bytes are perfect, GZA's lyricism is insane, and the features all hit.
1995 was an essential year for any Wu fan and GZA - Liquid Swords is the prime reason for that. RZA is easily the star of the album, as he successfully goes for the typical dark and dirty atmosphere - saying it's a sequel of 36 Chambers wouldn't be that much of an exaggeration. GZA does his best to elevate the album even further by his great writing ("I'm just swingin' swords strictly based on keyboards Unbalanced like elephants and ants on see-saws I throw raps that attack like the Japs on Pearl Harbor MCs be out like bank robbers Fleeing the scene, to be a sole survivor DJ, the getaway driver Tried to dip, but he dive, I socialize on vocal vibes On tracks stabbed up with razor-sharp knives Criminal subliminal minded rappers find it Hard to define it, when narrow is the gate For fat tapes and then played out and out of date"), but the truth is I can't wait for the guests to show up, I find him so underwhelming as a rapper. The back to back hits of 4th Chamber and Shadowboxin' (both easily rank among the very best Wu songs) more or less summarise the whole album for me: top-notch production and everyone else being a more enjoyable rapper than GZA.
To sum it up, there at the very least 7-8 Wu related albums I prefer, but this is an irrelevant and unfair comparison and it should have nothing to do with the way I evaluate this one (as a classic, that is).
Nothing but love for this. People on here rate by genre too much and are too closed minded and hinder the better rating this deserves. GZA is a Genius.
I'm generally not into skits and interludes, but it never seems to bothers me in Wu-ville. Another entertaining Wu-adjacent release.
Liquid Swords sounds like a watered down version of Wu-Tang Clan's debut. Not bad by any means, though, just disappointing when compared to Enter the Wu-Tang.
I said 36th chamber was better at some point. Oops. A pure vintage that matures with age. The ultimate pairing of MC and producer. This slays even the best. Line after line. if you don't think this is at the pinnacle then you possibly haven't given it enough plays. I be the body dropper, heartbeat stopper, child educator plus head amputator...
So strong. Shows how much talent there is/was in Wu-Tang.
This is an essential listen. This sounds like the sequel to 36 Chambers that we didn't know we needed, but we're glad to have.
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