Method Man
4:21... The Day After


3.5
great

Review

by Maximilian Harkness USER (65 Reviews)
June 1st, 2009 | 17 replies | 6,942 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 4.21… The Day After is quite literally, a CD of clarity from Method Man, and is easily the best thing he’s released since Tical.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Back in early 90s, the Wu-Tang began their calculated strategy to take over the hip hop world. After Enter the 36 Chambers, the band of MC’s started their solo domination of hip hop, and started it off with the most popular and mainstream-approvable member Method Man. Ironically enough, Meth’s first album Tical was in the exact same taste and style of Enter the 36 Chambers, and sounds pretty much like Meth and RZA’s logical extension to that album. Unfortunately for Meth’s later career, this album would be, by far, the highlight of his career. Almost right after Tical, Methd Man took an avalanches fall from the top of the mountain, and when time came for a second release, Meth was ready with the inconsistent and bloated Tical 2000, an album that would be considered awful by early Wu-Tang standards. After falling even further with the Diddy-produced Tical 0: the Prelude, Meth finally felt that he had toyed with his fans long enough, and was time to release a decent follow-up to Tical, and 4.21… The Day After is quite literally, a CD of clarity from Method Man, and is easily the best thing he’s released since Tical.

Despite the fact that The Day After is easily much better than 90% of Method Man’s Material since Tical, it doesn’t mean that Method Man abandons the poppy measures on his past efforts; it just means he mixes them with his lyricism and ferocity on the microphone in fashion that is far more enjoyable, and simply put, better. “Fall Out”, a track that sounds like Meth’s new attempt at a dance single, and not only is it hooky, but Meth no longer sounds forced on this track like he has before, quite the contrary, and while the song lacks substance, it’s nice to hear some rejuvenated energy from the most accessible member of the Wu-Tang. “Somebody Done ***ed Up” sounds like Get Rich or Die Trying era 50 cent beat, mixed with violins, but Meth absolutely rips the track into pieces.

“half a cig/let me *** wit ya wig, although you lovin the style
they’re ain’t no pedophile that can *** wit the kid
Now that I’m back on my feet, take it back to the streets
in the gm with your bm in the passenger seat.”


Method Man also works well with balladry a lot of the time, particularly the soulful, acoustic guitar-laden “Say”, featuring the nicely matured voice of Lauryn Hill in the chorus, while Method Man addresses his haters, the critics, his wu-tang brethren, and his supposed ‘Hollywood’ image caused by his last albums almost complete commercial feel. Other mainstream tracks don’t even touch the ones I have mentioned, but they at least sound like Method Man tried (except for the syrupy closer “4 Ever”, which sounds like a Tical 0 out-take.)

From what I’ve said so far, this album sounds almost anti-Wu-Tang. This is untrue, a lot of the tracks near the end of The Day After are easily some of the best stuff Method Man has recorded period. “Everything” is a nice face-off between fellow Wu-Tanger Inspectah Deck, along with Method Man’s official ashtray cleaner Streetlife, while the chorus is a decent use of a hook for pure promotion of the Wu-Tang. “Walk On” is yet another completely successful and fun collaboration between Method Man and Redman, and makes you wonder why we aren’t on Blackout 5 as opposed to merely Blackout 2. “Presidential MC” is easily one of the best tracks on The Day After Tomorrow, starting off with a kung-fu flick sample, is a track would sound fit on Tical.

But in a way, The Day After isn’t really an improvement after all. It’s inconsistent, its slightly bloated, and there are some awful tracks on here. But the fact is, that unlike his past two albums, The Day After has enough positives to outweigh all the negatives, and is worth your money if you are a fan of Meth’s early material or his work with Redman.

3.6 out of 5



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bastard
June 1st 2009



3435 Comments


got bored and i know i had listened to this a bunch so i thought i might as well give it a review.

CompanionCube
June 1st 2009



977 Comments


a little bloated

scyther
June 1st 2009



1606 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I think Tical 2000 was his best work since the original.

illmitch
June 1st 2009



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

honestly i never even liked tical that much, this is a decent album though

bastard
June 1st 2009



3435 Comments


Tical 2000 had a lot of good songs, there were just a shit-load of unneccessary annoying skits.

Hollow
June 2nd 2009



263 Comments


I didn't like original Tical very much either, I love Blackout! 2 so I could say that Method has some very good stuff, some stuff that is complete garbage but overall he is sounding best when collaborating with fellow Wu Mcs on group or their solo albums.

HalfManHalfAmazing
November 6th 2010



565 Comments


Tical 2000 is better than this, the skits don't really bother me

bloc
November 11th 2010



34768 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is really really good so far.

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bloc
December 5th 2010



34768 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

YOU DON'T WANNA RIDE WITH MEF

TheIllmatics
February 23rd 2011



140 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what's with all the 2.5 and 3 ratings? i love this album

bloc
February 23rd 2011



34768 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Same, I never understood low ratings either. This and Judgement Day both.

TheIllmatics
February 23rd 2011



140 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

is judgement day as good as this?

bloc
February 23rd 2011



34768 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It also seems to have low ratings like this, but I think it's just as good.

ckunke002
June 16th 2011



1033 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Meths catalog is overlooked. He only has 1 mediocre album, and that's the prequel.

FatChickIrl
September 5th 2011



4096 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nothing wow about this album but his lyrics are tight. 3-3.5

oltnabrick
April 21st 2013



30610 Comments


Bump cause duh

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CaptainDooRight
March 20th 2014



28828 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

some beats are lackluster and some are really good

i don't get the energy like the debut has but its still good tho ye

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