Unlike the real thing, Icewater is neither a cool nor refreshing as a name for your rap crew. But who cares about bad names or awful album titles or ugly artwork, right? You want to know if Raekwon, who might want to focus on reviving his own solo career, can break the mould and drop an album by his hangers-on that doesn't stink (like Junior M.A.F.I.A., Harlem World, Eastsidaz, D12... and pretty much any of Wu-Tang's proteges. Streetlife, anyone?).
Icewater is Raekwon, Polite, Stumik, Problem Child and Donnie (not to be confused with Don) Cash rocking loudmouth, predictably mediocre lines ("I got it locked like a rasta's dreads") over beats by unknown producers. Some of the best instrumentals are saved for songs with an impressive range of high-profile favours - Busta Rhymes, Method Man and... uh, Rick Ross. (How, and why?) But the guests coast, and it's hard to find much redeeming content otherwise.