BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY

Thug World Order

Ruthless

Two things Bone Thugs-N-Harmony have always been known for are rapid-fire rhymes and a sense of harmony. Those pillars of their signature style continue to dominate on their latest release.

There's not much new on it, though. "Home" is an interesting track and is generally well executed, but it's almost overshadowed by the sample from Phil Collins's "Take Me Home" that serves as the song's foundation. Each time you start to get into it and bob your head, here comes Phil with the chorus. "What About Us" uses the tired trick of children's voices singing the chorus.

Missteps such as those aside, there are plenty of tracks to keep longtime Bone fans happy. Cuts like "Bone, Bone, Bone" and "Guess Who's Back" will easily satisfy the faithful with trademark deliveries and catchy hooks. And "Bad Weed Blues" is an amusingly cautionary tale about the need to be a careful consumer. There's also "Get Up & Get It," a slick piece of ear candy that features R&B group 3LW and puts forth a positive message to take control of your life.

"Thug World Order" doesn't change the game, but it does remind us that Bone Thugs-N-Harmony have the potential to still be players.

-- Curt Fields

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Krayzie Bone, from left, Layzie Bone, Wish Bone and Bizzy Bone are Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Their newest may please fans, but won't win new ones.