17 Songs, 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

More Fish functions as an addendum to its predecessor — 2006’s well-received Fishscale — but its fast-and-loose approach suits Ghostface, whose prolificacy is fueled by his stream-of-consciousness technique. If Fishscale felt like a marquee concert, then More Fish is the after-hours jam session, held in the alley behind the venue. Where even the dirtiest beats on Fishscale had an underlying feeling of grandeur, More Fish is intentionally quick and messy. “Guns n’ Razors,” “Good” and “Block Rock” are rushed and gritty, and have the cacophonous energy of a foot chase through the inner city. Other parts of the album are more stately: “Greedy Bitches” and a remix of Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I’m No Good” give the rapper the opportunity to lay into some slowed-down, in-the-pocket funk. Throughout the album, Ghostface is surrounded by Theodore Unit, his personal rhyme posse, but rather than detract from the star, henchmen like Trife Da God, Shawn Wigs and Sun God serve to enliven their leader. If spontaneity is the lifeblood of rap music, then More Fish shows the essence of Ghostface.

EDITORS’ NOTES

More Fish functions as an addendum to its predecessor — 2006’s well-received Fishscale — but its fast-and-loose approach suits Ghostface, whose prolificacy is fueled by his stream-of-consciousness technique. If Fishscale felt like a marquee concert, then More Fish is the after-hours jam session, held in the alley behind the venue. Where even the dirtiest beats on Fishscale had an underlying feeling of grandeur, More Fish is intentionally quick and messy. “Guns n’ Razors,” “Good” and “Block Rock” are rushed and gritty, and have the cacophonous energy of a foot chase through the inner city. Other parts of the album are more stately: “Greedy Bitches” and a remix of Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I’m No Good” give the rapper the opportunity to lay into some slowed-down, in-the-pocket funk. Throughout the album, Ghostface is surrounded by Theodore Unit, his personal rhyme posse, but rather than detract from the star, henchmen like Trife Da God, Shawn Wigs and Sun God serve to enliven their leader. If spontaneity is the lifeblood of rap music, then More Fish shows the essence of Ghostface.

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