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Liner Notes: CD Reviews

 published on Thursday, October 20, 2005


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U-God
Mr. Xcitement
(Free Agency Media)
3 out of 5 stars

Comparisons of U-God's second album to the work of the Wu Tang Clan are impossible to avoid. Mr. Xcitement contains the same sense of swagger and high amounts of boasting, especially in songs like "You Don't Wanna Dance." Production isn't as gritty and dirty as the Wu likes it, but you definitely won't mistake any of the tracks for a 50 Cent single. U-God is at his most interesting when he isn't telling you about doing the deed with prostitutes or smoking weed for breakfast, but when he's telling stories like on "Drugs," a song about a struggling drug addict, and "A Long Time Ago," about his absent father. Whether the stories are character sketches or personal history, they're touching.
- by benjamin.horowitz@asu.edu



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