Wu-Tang clings to past on 'A Better Tomorrow'

December 3, 2014 1:50 PM

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Judging from the long and tumultuous production of Wu-Tang Clan's sixth and likely final album, "A Better Tomorrow," it's unclear how much the legendary rap group genuinely felt compelled to return after a seven-year absence. The record feels as if it exists mainly to give loyal fans one final, proper dose of Wu-Tang's classic sound — and it succeeds mostly in style.

"Ruckus in B Minor" sets the tone for what's to follow: Over a dense swarm of organs, drums and punchy horns, any remaining traces of the moody atmospherics that colored Wu-Tang's last effort, 2007's "8 Diagrams," are stomped out with extreme prejudice. This is about getting back to the basics of br...

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