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The conflicts that arose when it came to the development of Wu-Tang Clan's 20th anniversary album, almost marred the milestone achievement. The friction between RZA and Raekwon curtailed the album's completion but once they came to an understanding, the group was able to produce an album worthy of this twenty year milestone. A Better Tomorrow wasn't made for the sake of it or to show the world that Wu-Tang Clan are still here, instead it was made purely for the fans. As expected, many would would be apprehensive of an album from a group that have been less unified in recent years, so the album will always be somewhat removed from the sound of the early '90s.

Much will be made of RZA's experimentation and for the most part, it pays off. With this album, he shows that he is able to bring Wu-Tang Clan into 2014. No doubt die hard fans will want an album that replicates the magic of 36 Chambers but that's impossible. Debuts are difficult to outshine, a much harder task when your debut album is often regarded as the best rap album of all time. The group are twenty years older, thus far more mature. There's less braggadocio and hubris, but with their seniority and status, they assert their dominance on this record.

The intro and hook to 'Hold The Heater' lets what could've been a fantastic track down. It sounds as if RZA attempted to fuse some electronic sounds with boom bap, which ultimately fails. Perhaps this was an example of the experimentation that may have caused issues in regards to the album's direction. 'Keep Watch', the first single released back in March is a soulful, yet gritty track. Meth opens things up, Inspectah Deck up next and them Cappadonna, who really sets the track alight. His combative approach juxtaposes Nathaniel's R&B hook but it manages to flow seamlessly. 'Ron O'Neal' is a cocktail of Wu-Tang's lifelong admiration for kung-fu whilst '40th Street Black/We Will Fight' is energetic, channeling a fast-paced '80s rap sound. Meth is at his best on 'Preacher's Daughter' whilst Ghostface Killah is more than able to deliver a potent verse. Another standout track is 'Pioneer The Frontier', arguably the best. Taking a sample from late group member Ol' Dirty Bastard's verse on 'Da Mystery of Chessboxin''. In fact, it was one of the songs that saw Wu-Tang celebrate the fame they've achieved over the years and the status that comes with it.

Despite clocking in at just over an hour, the album doesn't really appear to drag. Whilst there are a few tracks that didn't need to make it, ironically the album's title track, 'A Better Tomorrow', was one of them. It's a good song, but it didn't seem to fit the overall aesthetic of the album's sounds. However the flipside is that 'A Better Tomorrow' highlights one of the album's key themes. Tracks such as 'Mistaken Identity' have a morose nature whilst 'Wu-Tang Reunion' and 'Never Let Go' are far more empowering, celebratory and majestic.

'Wu-Tang Reunion' is a charming way to close out an album that suffered complications during its development. It's not one of the strongest songs on the album, but it's endearing. One of Meth's lyrics on 'Never Let Go' was fitting, "players retire but they never let go of the team." Whilst they haven't retired, A Better Tomorrow signals that the group could come together and produce good music, even if this may be the last effort prior to Once Upon A Time In Shaolin. It's celebratory but maintains a relative rawness to it that ensures it's able to sound like Wu-Tang whilst being contemporary. A Better Tomorrow doesn't quite hit the heights of The W, but it's a considerable improvement on 2007's 8 Diagrams, making it a stellar body of work for a group celebrating their twentieth anniversary. Perhaps as time goes on, appreciation for the album and its experimental approach will grow.

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