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Ghostface Killah, 36 Seasons (Tommy Boy Records)




Ghostface Killah, 36 Seasons (Tommy Boy Records)
CD Reviews: December 25, 2014

12/25/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Ghostface Killah, 36 Seasons (Tommy Boy Records)
Like a Walter Hill-directed action flick, this colorful musical comic book finds the de facto Wu Tang leader dreaming about returning to the hood after nine years, not in bum-rush mode but instead with semi-retirement in mind, as though the rough edge of Staten Island were the suburbs.  Even Ghostface knows such a thing is pure fantasy, so even while he casts Tennessee chill-soul up-and-comer Kandace Springs as a former lover with some desperately small amount of potential (“Love Don’t Live Here No More”), the real underlying environment is old, near-forgotten danger.  AZ, who first appears in a brief skit, becomes the secondary character, surprise at Tony’s return quickly turning into hateful remembrance, and you can guess where that might go.  Although he’s the central character, Ghostface once again turns most of the album into a vehicle for his guests, with AZ, Kool G Rap and Shawn Wigs getting plenty of heavy lifting; even his usual backup band, The Revelations, who douse the whole record in ‘70s asphalt, get a song of their own (a cover of “Thin Line Between Love and Hate”).  But never mind that; the conceptualizing of the whole could only have been done by this guy, who’s becoming more widely accessible by the year. AEric W. Saeger





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