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Ghostface Killah

More Fish (Def Jam)

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Ghostface Killah didn't take long to offer up some raw material following the critical and commercial success of Fishscale. Feeling more like a mixtape than a proper album, More Fish is really just a collection of loose ends, although it's still better than 95 percent of the hip-hop discs released in 2006.

Showcasing the skills of Ghost's Theodore Unit crew (previously given its due on 2004's 718), recycled beats abound: MF Doom rewraps an old MF Grimm track for "Gunz N' Razors," while "Ghost Is Back" finds the Ironman fast-rapping over Eric B's classic "Juice" production. The remix of Fishscale's "Back Like That" features a Kanye West verse you may have heard before, reusing his "freestyle" from the recent Smashtime Radio mixtape. What's more, Madlib lends a muffled symphony to Ghost's urgent rhymes on "Block Rock," and Amy Winehouse's sultry vocals enhance the bitter love ballad "You Know I'm No Good."

But the real pleasure is still Ghost the storyteller: "I'm a fisherman, I own this lake/When I catch fish, I fry 'em till they backs all flake." This excellent collection proves that even Ghost's throwaways can make for a great album.

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