There will never be another crew to compare wth the Wu-Tang Clan in their swinging pomp and prime – and it’s probably fair to say that the Clan of today realise this too.
Their sixth album arrives in the wake of the turmoil and bad blood which has been part of the narrative at Wu HQ for some time.
The album, though, sounds very much like business as usual, with kung-fu film dialogue, dusty soul samples (including Dusty Springfield and the O'Jays) and some sturdy old-school crew bangers like the robust Mistaken Identity and the belligerent Ruckus in B Minor with a beyond- the-grave cameo from Ol' Dirty Bastard.
You certainly know where you are with the Wu, when their gallery of MCs grab the mic to contemplate every- thing from the street grind and family values to deeper astral matters. It, does remind you that the crew still retain some of the sass of old.