GZA
Liquid Swords


5.0
classic

Review

by Timeizillmatic9 USER (13 Reviews)
August 8th, 2011 | 29 replies | 7,152 views


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "I'm on a mission, niggaz say is impossible but when I swing my swords they all choppable" GZA slices the competition to bits with this legendary album

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Liquid Swords to this day remains one of the crowning achievements in the history of hip-hop. It is almost universally respected by all critics and rap heads. Because so much has already said about this album, this reviewer feels the need only to gliss the surface of this amazing album to give new listeners an overview.

Liquid Swords is acknowledged as one of the 6 classic albums of the first wave of Wu-Tang affiliated albums. To be honest, it might be the best one of the bunch. GZA was already one of the more respected and known members of the clan, and he was the only member besides for Method Man to get a solo track on the Wu's seminal debut. GZA's smooth, slower flow made him stand out in contrast of other members' deliveries, especially the fast aggressive flows of Raekwon and Ghostface. Unlike Method Man however, GZA operates best on a solo spotlight, and never has he been better than on this album.

RZA's production might be one of the main reasons this album is so well regarded today. Moving further away from the lo-fi sound characterized by the Clan's debut, and Ol' Dirty Bastard's first solo effort, RZA employs some of best kung fu sample to date, and experiments with different sounds, such as the muffled accordion layered beneath the title track. 4th Chamber makes use of a wild keyboard riff and atmospheric sounds to propel the track, while Cold World makes use of minor key strings and soulful vocals. These beats are among the best you'll find in the RZA catalogue.

Now on to the GZA's lyrical performance. GZA is a lyrical genius (no pun intended) who drops some of the most razor sharp lines and memorable lines I've ever heard. The title track is filled with quotables, such as "Lyrics are weak like clock radio speakers" and that very quote that grazes the top of this review. Labels is an interesting exercise in lyricism, as GZA contructs the song entirely out the names of different record labels. The Genius uses stark realism and gritty narrative on Cold World, one of the album's many highlights. There are some great guest appearances from other Wu members and affiliates. Shadowboxin' features a standout verse from Method Man, and Killah Priest shines on the album's closer B.I.B.L.E.

This is real, hard hitting hip-hop, with top class lyricism and production. If you haven't listened to it and claim you like hip-hop, get off your ass and buy it now. Wu-Tang forever baby.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
KILL
August 8th 2011



71482 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

m/

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Idnuf
August 8th 2011



1491 Comments


This was in desperate need of a review

Killahit
August 8th 2011



311 Comments


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What that was awesome

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
August 8th 2011



18327 Comments


The best.

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 8th 2011



50114 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Only 4 reviews?

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GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
August 8th 2011



6096 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

rating is too low

Blackbelt54
August 8th 2011



4269 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I still might 5 this eventually

psykonaut
August 8th 2011



3913 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

m/

Gyromania
August 8th 2011



15503 Comments


Okay, I have to review this now.

Drsmith4
August 8th 2011



1715 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The hit was sent from the president to raid your residence
Because you had secret evidence and documents on how they rape the continents

psykonaut
August 8th 2011



3913 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

camouflage chameleon, ninjas scalin your buildin, no time to grab the gun they already got your wife and children
one of my favorite verses ever

Homeslice
September 18th 2011



177 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

There are only around 10 rap albums that you can rate a classic without a dispute. This is a classic without a question.

The awesome thing is I found this album in vinyl at a record store in Brooklyn 4yrs ago, in-between a stack of used albums. I inspected the vinyl and it had a few nicks and scratches on it, though nothing from normal wear and tear and the sleeve was in great condition. I pull up to the counter and pass the vinyl to cashier along with a couple of other records. The cashier looks a bit dumfounded that they had such a gem at only $4!

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 18th 2011



18327 Comments


Luckily for us all they're reissuing this on vinyl soon.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
September 18th 2011



16135 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Maybe I should have waited to buy a copy then.

Nah lol.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 18th 2011



18327 Comments


Lucky bastard.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
September 18th 2011



16135 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Not as lucky as paying four dollars for it, haha.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 18th 2011



18327 Comments


It would have been lucky had you paid 40 for it.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
September 18th 2011



16135 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, I think that's actually about what I paid for it.

hikingmetalpunk
February 21st 2014



1014 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

when cut across the neck a sound like waling winter winds is heard they say. I’d always hoped to cut someone like that some day. to hear that sound. but, to have it happen to my own neck is ridiculous.

zakalwe
February 21st 2014



7542 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yep it's a right 'pain' in the neck

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