Ghostface Killah
More Fish


3.5
great

Review

by Thomas Bambaataa Ghidrah Towers USER (67 Reviews)
December 15th, 2006 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ghostface Killah and his Theodore Unit schools us on the crack game for a second time in 2006 - and everyone's taking notes!

A few years back, if the Wu-Tang Clan were to offer the general public “more fish”, they’d probably be flatly rejected. From their glory days in the mid-90s of releasing groundbreaking solo albums and underground hit singles, the latter era of the Wu was dominated by saturated ideas, mediocre response from the media, a sitcom starring Method Man, and generally things that would bring shame on a nigga. Among all the imperial endeavors, one Ghostface Killah always remained a steady favourite among critics and fans, though the consistency still only translated into declining sales. 2006 was when he finally broke back into limelight, with March’s Fishscale catching the eye of everyone, and showing that the Wu-Tang Clan is like a far-reaching rodent infestation that will never really die.

More Fish is his second offering of the year, and where in the past, swift onslaughts of Clan releases proved to be their demise, here it elongates the breath of fresh air that Ghostface provided. The goal of Fishscale is as clear as the title suggests (referencing a type of cocaine,) as Ghostface himself says, “[...] I just had come back to raw drugs, sex, money, and murder shit real quick to show these young niggas how it's s'possed to be done." And what better way to show a deep dig into the world of crime than to create an elaborate world of selling, smoking, killing, and, uh, beating kids through cocky, neurotic, rapid, yet observant, and carefully crafted rhymes?

More Fish takes a more casual role, with less guest spots from famed colleagues, to even more focus on Ghostface Killah’s Theodore Unit (thus continuing the Wu-Tang plan to continually sharpen up and promote protégés.) While most of his unit has nothing on Ghostface, the most prominent member, Trife Da God, proves to be a worthy sidekick with a similar stark, but quick style, and a New York drawl. Casual doesn’t mean laid-back, though, More Fish brings on Ghostface’s stylish aggression from the beginning with “Ghost is Back”. Driven by a jazzy bassline, pulsing live drums, and riddled with scratching and fleeting glimpses of horn samples popping in and out, the music encompasses a blast of energy as Ghostface spits out some of his most stream of consciousness oriented rhymes.

After the opening party track, however, Ghostface is ready for business, painting a criminal scenario once again with “Miguel Sanchez”, elaborating on a guns-a-blazing drug deal, but all the rapping duties are handed over to Trife Da God and Ghostface’s teenage son Sun God (who already has a manlier voice than his old man!) Sanchez and its follower the MF DOOM produced “Guns N’ Razors” already set up a completely different sound from the opening track, having a dense, ominous, not raw like the early Wu-Tang, but rather true to a Mafioso lifestyle with a stylishly lavished sound. The lead single “Good” throws the balance off of the album with an over-the-top jubilation a la Kanye West’s “Touch the Sky”. It comes off sounding forced, sounding too glammy and cheesy compared to the rest of the album, especially the chorus, which employs a generic R&B singer to croon the word “good” over top the masturbatory behavior of every MC and producer involved with the track. Besides the slip-up with the glossy single, More Fish does a great job at balancing cinematic, dark and larger-than-life samples, with more earthy, instrument oriented samples stemming from soul and funk.

While More Fish keeps Ghostface’s distinctive sound pretty consistently, “Alex (Stolen Script)” truly throws back to the classic Wu-Tang days, having the Killah hastily spit out a thrill-seeking story about a Cuban illegal’s life in the seedy American business life over raw, building orchestral samples, and no visible song structure. Though “Alex” still relates to crime in some way, Ghostface Killah proves to be a diverse enough storyteller to make it as exciting as the songs relating directly to him. "Josephine" is another great example of Ghostface’s scenario building, telling the story of a young woman slowly overcoming to her own drug addiction mixing witty metaphors and realistically harsh descriptions (“The monkey on her back is now a gorilla/fiendin’ for a hit knowing one day it gon’ kill her,” is one example of Ghost’s literary seasoning.) The live band backs up the song soulfully, giving an earthy feel with the pulsing bass and warm organ unique to the album. “Josephine” gives an old school feel of authentic soul playing, like “You Know I’m No Good” gives a taste of jazz with Amy Winehouse’s old fashioned lounging yelps and big band horn samples driving the song about one unfaithful acquaintance of Ghostface in one of the uniquely energetic song highlights. The closely related subject-wise “Back Like That” (that cheating ho!) is remixed by Kanye West for the album’s closer, not deviating from the original very much, but giving Ne-Yo, as well as Kanye, more verse time than Ghostface. It’s nothing special compared to the original, and is some of the bulk that makes Fishscale flow better as an album.

The varied production, vivid lyrics and moods, and protégés excelling on guest spots makes More Fish another great add to the Ghostface Killah collection, especially for his second in a year. But at the same time, it is his second in a year, and it expectedly falls short in places compared to its predecessor. The sappy second-last song “Gotta Hold On,” featuring only Shawn Wigs, one of Theodore Unit’s less memorable members, and one-hit wonder Eamon, is even more disappointing when one realizes it’s the last original on the album and no grand ending is planned. Besides Redman’s appearance in the vulgar, funky jaunt “Greedy Bitches”, Wu-Tang affiliate Cappadonna, and Kanye West, no big name guest artists show up, hurting More Fish’s arsenal compared to the rapper loaded Fishscale. Nonetheless, Ghostface Killah’s second serving of fish works well with what it has, and is a hearty meal after going through the first.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Eliminator
December 15th 2006


2067 Comments


Sweet review.

Solid album too. I don't know if it's better than Fischale or not, because every time I listen to one I think it's better than the other.

pulseczar
December 15th 2006


2385 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Finally, my comeback review...! I'd appreciate any feedback people have since this is my first review in a while, and it's been too long since i last reviewed hip hop. or you can just tell me i'm awesome. please?

Neoteric
December 15th 2006


3243 Comments


Wow, you reviewed! It's a good one too, I enjoyed it a lot more than your other reviews

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
December 15th 2006


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

GDandBlinkfan76 (6:50:23 PM): i need some ghostface killah

omg good review

sgrevs
December 15th 2006


698 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review, brilliant album. And amazing that he can release two brilliant albums in one year.

innerdark
December 15th 2006


749 Comments


not big on hip-hop, but a stellar review

Zesty Mordant
December 15th 2006


1196 Comments


I haven't heard this yet, but its on the list. Fishscale is easily one of my favorite albums of this year (yet for some reason I forgot to include on my nominations for the best 3)
Great review

JohnXDoesn't
December 15th 2006


1283 Comments


omfg its a ghostfacekillah :eek:

very nice review, czar. nice and fresh, too

i was going to put this in my "New Release Tuesday" thread, but he scared me

good work on it. sounds like a real good and interesting album. i'm going to give it a listen later after i smokey.:smoke:This Message Edited On 12.15.06

The Jungler
December 15th 2006


4827 Comments


All my favorite reviewers are coming back .
Great job, I heard about half of Fishscale and liked it, though I'm not too big on his voice. Ghostface + MF DOOM sounds like a cool concept.

Oddsen
December 16th 2006


1127 Comments


Excellent review. I almost bought Fishcale a while back

Two-Headed Boy
December 16th 2006


4527 Comments


Is it just me or did Sputnik just get cooler?

Nice work, mate ;)This Message Edited On 12.16.06

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
May 11th 2007


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pretty much just as good as Fishscale.

Slaapkamers
May 11th 2007


596 Comments


not really.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
May 11th 2007


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ALL YOU DO IS DISAGREE WITH ME WHATI SYOUR ISSUE

Bron-Yr-Aur
August 28th 2007


4405 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ghost is back knocked me on my ass tbqh

Hollow
June 29th 2009


263 Comments


I love Fishscale so I'm going to get this one too but doesn't it have too many guest appearances?

HalfManHalfAmazing
November 7th 2010


565 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I remember seeing a promo for this on Sucker Free Sunday back in '06

bloc
November 7th 2010


34951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So good

FearUs
May 28th 2011


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I actually like this more than FishScale.

Caelum
June 18th 2012


50 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Is this just extra songs from Fishscale?



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