Method Man
Tical


4.0
excellent

Review

by Francis Jones USER (32 Reviews)
July 1st, 2006 | 129 replies | 22,721 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist


5 of 6 thought this review was well written

Method Man was the first of the Wu-Tang Clan to record a solo album, it is also the most successful Wu-Tang solo record as far as record sales go. This success is surely due to the standout solo track ''Method Man'' on the 'Enter the 36 Chambers record, and him being one of the most recognisable members of the clan.

As part of the agreement of the Wu-Tang clan, members could sign thier solo efforts to any label, so long as the RZA would be the main producer for thier first record. Methid Man signed with the Def Jam label, which was home to the previous wave of East Coast hip hop such as Public Enemy and Slick Rick.

The Production of this record is very typical of the RZA's work, having a uniformed sound throughout the record, while not becoming too tired. This has an even mixture of Synthesized loops, and deep haunting bass. Sonically falling halfway between GZA's 'Liquid Swords' and Ol' Dirty Bastard's 'Return To The 36 Chambers'. This suites Method Man perfectly as his rapping skill and style of vocal delivery also fall halfway between the two artists, and the RZA has definately taken this into account.

The Record begins with Keyboards playing a classical tune, or a theme from a film. Then the deep bass comes in with a twisted stretched version of the tune samples, aswell as a live drum track. Method Man doesnt rap much on this track, mostly just hyping himself. Not the usual ''Yeah! Im Great!'' buffoonery associated with Hip Hop by those less knowing of the genre. But rather more gentley, with loops of him singing 'Tica-al' or asking in a high Pitch ''Whats that *** you think you smokin'?'' This works well as an introduction as it breaks the record in gentley.

Unlike most Wu-Tang Solo Efforts, this is rather short of guest spots from other clan members. The first four tracks are completely lacking in other appearences, this makes it feel slightly less like a Wu-Tang record, but it does give Method Man a chance to shine. There are appearences from other rappers, who are likely lesser known Wu-Tang Members, who are not the central nine members who appeared on thier first record. Bosster, who is the guest rapper on 'Bring The Pain' doesnt really make a much of anappearence, just helpng with the chorus, and not writing a verse for themself.

'All I Need' is one of the best tracks on the record, it is a Hip Hop love song, and not in the usual sense of an artist boasting thier recent sexual exploits, or number of girlfriends. This is of a genuine relationship, with just one other person, and about how much he respects them. Although it is not a shocking feminist breakthrough it may sound like, its a good individual track (certainly not going to come from Method Man is it?).

The dark sound of the record plays well with the dark themes it has. Method Man has a very aggressive delivery, and likes to show his style in a very rash aggressive way. This may sound less abrasive than the Ol' Dirty Bastard, but it certainly isn't more friendly. Themes border on Gangsta rap, with boasts of violent exploits, which mixes in with the lighter theme of his enjoyment and exploits with Marijuana.

'Meth Vs Chef' is a very good, featuring Reakwon the Chef from the Wu-Tang Clan. These two artists are not paired up very often, usually ''The Chef'' works with Ghostface Killah, but this makes a very good vibe, the sound is the closest to 'Enter The 36 Chambers' on this track, which is certainly not a bad thing. The pace of the raps are fastest on this track, which makes you pay more attention to it when listening to the whole record, it also has a good chorus shout of ''Meth Vs Chaf!'' which makes it all the more memorable.

This record is held back from the brilliance of 'Enter the 36 Chambers' or the superbness (see rating) of GZA's 'Liquid Swords'only by its dark sound. It can be an aquired, and if you were not in the mood to hear this whole record when you start, it will be quite a chore to finish it.

What does make this record so special is the amazing way it works in two ways. It both relaxes with its Marijuana themes and slow deep music, and Method Man's slurred raps. On another level it works with its violent themes complimenting its violent tones and violent themes. You can turn up the volume and get drunk and rowdy at a party, or turn up the bass and enjoy some weed.



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smokersdieyounger
July 1st 2006



672 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Someone really need to review 'Only built for cuban Linx...' next to complete the set, but I dont have that one.

Dimes Make Dollars
July 1st 2006



241 Comments


This album kind of disappointed me. He was one of my favorites in Wu-Tang, but he couldn't really pull it off solo. It's not bad though.

Pretty good review.

STLMiguel
July 1st 2006



335 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Since Meth was the first to go solo, it was probably a little harder to put this together. I'll vote for anyone reviewing Wu-Tang, dude, good stuff.

metallicaman8
July 1st 2006



4677 Comments


I'm struggling to figure out what the cover actually is.

STLMiguel
July 1st 2006



335 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it is Method Man taking a big hit.This Message Edited On 07.01.06

Robert Crumb
Emeritus
July 2nd 2006



165 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Meth is the man. I'll admit his stuff is kinda underwhelming compared to the rest of the Wu, but damn if I don't enjoy it.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
July 2nd 2006



16081 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, Meth's actually one of my favorite rappers for some odd reason, and this albums excellent.

supraman_2
July 6th 2006



146 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I used to listen to this all the time, still quite a fun record. some songs aren't as strong as others but very good overall.

_Tyler
July 26th 2006



23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Tical is underrated as far as Wu-Tang solo albums go. It's not as good as Liquid Swords, Cuban Linx or Ironman but it's still a solid album. Good rhymes, good production.

"Freshly Baked"
September 23rd 2006



583 Comments


Ticaaaaaallll

For anyone that didnt know, Tical means Weed laced with Cocaine (and toupees) Tical backwards = Lacit (lace it).....

...Unless Method Man was talking about Thai currency (Thai Bait; Tical)


Great Review!!!This Message Edited On 09.23.06

Zebra
Moderator
September 5th 2007



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album is a fun listen but I prefer Method Man while he was in Wu-Tang rather then his solo material. The opposite can be said for GZA.

LifeInABox
March 16th 2008



3708 Comments


Liquid Swords should be the highest selling tbh

Bleak123
October 26th 2008



1902 Comments


Liquid Swords is my favourite of the solo Wu albums too, but this is still awesome.

Hollow
April 7th 2009



263 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I got this a while ago and I'm still not impressed much by it, I don't know why.Ironman, Liquid Swords and OB4CL are all better than this, still Method Man is a very good rapper and can murder shit out there, guess I have to check out his other albums too.

Phantom
April 7th 2009



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well this is pretty much his best album as a solo artist so.....

On another note, Mr. Sandman bring me a dream.




RoshanC
May 14th 2009



219 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty good album, better than SB4CL imo

Dunno, how many people have heard it but the Prodigy remix of Release Yo Delf is incredible.

gaslightanthem
May 14th 2009



5209 Comments


mr sandman rules

scyther
May 14th 2009



1606 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

blasted buggin off bacardi & acid
flippin on the mic it's a classic

irishmanshibby
July 2nd 2009



355 Comments


finally got this and so far im diggin it, Mr Sandman was sick

Psilocyanide
September 10th 2009



1823 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I know this isn't the best solo Wu album, but I LOVE the flow of it. My second favorite solo Wu behind Liquid Swords, obviously.



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