Ghostface Killah's '36 Seasons' delivers steely hip-hop

December 9, 2014 3:08 PM

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It's a bold move for a member of the Wu-Tang Clan to name a solo album after "36" of anything. But Ghostface Killah's "36 Seasons" is much more than an allusion to his group's beloved 1993 album, "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)." It's an urgent, soulfully steely album of hip-hop unconcerned with the genre's current twists into pop structures and woozy electronics.

Recorded with the Brooklyn production crew and live band the Revelations, "36 Seasons" rides a tight mix of live and digitally treated instrumentation that conjures up the '70s soul of Ghostface's youth and the '90s boom-bap rap of his career's ascent.

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