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Maxinquaye

Tricky

1995

Maxinquaye

Album Summary

Maxinquaye is the debut album by English rapper and producer Tricky, released on 20 February 1995 by 4th & B'way Records. In the years leading up to the album, Tricky had grown frustrated with his limited role in the musical group Massive Attack and wanted to pursue an independent project. Shortly after, he discovered vocalist Martina Topley-Bird – who he felt would offer another dimension to his lyrics – and signed a solo contract with 4th & B'way in 1993. Tricky recorded Maxinquaye the following year, primarily at his home studio in London, with Topley-Bird serving as the album's main vocalist, while Alison Goldfrapp, Ragga and Mark Stewart performed additional vocals. With assistance from fellow producer Mark Saunders, Tricky used dub music techniques and heavily altered samples taken from a variety of sources to produce Maxinquaye. Its resulting groove-oriented and low-tempo sound incorporates elements from hip hop, soul, rock, ambient techno, reggae and experimental music. Tricky's lyrics throughout the album explore themes of cultural decline, dysfunctional sexual relationships, fear of intimacy and recreational drug use, as he drew on his experiences in British drug culture and the influence of his late mother Maxine Quaye, after whom the album is titled. Maxinquaye reached the number three position on the United Kingdom's albums chart and sold over 100,000 copies in its first few months of release. 4th & B'way marketed the album by relying on independent record promoters and Tricky's appearances in media, including publicity photographs and music videos that portrayed him and Topley-Bird in gender-bending fashion. Maxinquaye was cited by many journalists as the year's best record and the key release of the burgeoning trip hop genre. Since then, it has sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide and ranks frequently on lists of the greatest albums, while regarded as a significant influence on electronica, underground hip hop and British hip hop.

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3.12

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5174

Genres

  • Electronica
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Fri Feb 19 2021
1

Really bad slow rap version of Gorillaz

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Mon Sep 20 2021
1

It sounded a bit like when you don't wipe properly and you get shit matted in your ass hair. Then later you painfully have to rip it out and it makes your eyes water.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
1

Weirdly sexual and bad to listen to

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Thu Oct 07 2021
5

Unlike the commercially-calculated depressiveness that took the place of personality for his shallow sadsack contemporaries Thom Yorke and Beth Gibbons, Adrian Thaws put the funk in blue funk. His beats are as diverse as they are dark, assaying sewer system gloop, industrial clank, and the cold steel of prison bars and cocked triggers to create a sonic landscape less attractive but just as complexly organic as the bucolic scenes you and I would rather spend our time skipping through. So complex, in fact, that he needs a whole other voice from a whole other gender to describe it in full. And thank god it does. Because if any light's getting into this underworld, it's getting in with Maxine Quaye.

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Mon Aug 16 2021
5

Bleaker than Portishead, more inventive than Massive Attack, one of the albums of the 90s in my view- Dummy edged it out at the Mercurys but whilst the Portishead album was adopted by the mainstream, Maxinquaye remained the choice of the trip hop connoisseur. Dark, deep, drenched in atmosphere. Black Steel and Hell is Round the Corner are the 2 standouts.

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Sat Nov 06 2021
5

I FUCKING LOVE THIS. Real dark and dreamy trip-hop. Vocals on point. Coherent and consistent. I think this has hopped up pretty high in my top albums.

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Tue Jan 04 2022
5

One of the finest albums of all time by one of the most overlooked artists. Tricky deals with a collapsing world and reconstructs it in his own image. The visceral imagery is delivered over bare thumping tracks and incredible noises. A masterclass in what music can and should be difficult, beautiful and haunting. Topley Birds gorgeous voice gives a counter to the snarls and stones paranoia of tricky vocals. It's a banger folks.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

Maxinquaye by Tricky (1995) This hip hop joint from Great Britain is well composed, moody, deliberate, sensual, smooth and almost uniformly slow. With lust-protest-drug lyrics that are highly introspective, delivered mainly by the sultry lead vocals of Martina Topley-Bird, this record is not your run-of-the-mill rap. It’s highly eclectic, drawing from jazz, blues, prog rock, funk, reggae, you name it. These tracks have a huge variety of sounds, including delicate scratch that actually makes sense. Tricky has clearly done his audio homework. If you want just a taste, I recommend “Hell Is Round the Corner”, a languid, introverted slow squeeze of a song. But you could start almost anywhere on this record. There are no clunkers. Even the upbeat “Brand New You’re Retro” is so far off the beaten path, it summons with a sense of adventure. And it puts the ‘hop’ in hip hop. We hear very nice jazz flute work by Tony Wrafter on “Aftermath”. And even the pornosonic profanity (“Abbaon Fat Tracks”, “Suffocated Love”) is tastefully done. And “Strugglin’” is a (bad) drug trip stream of consciousness ‘dance with insanity’ that surpasses the paranoia-induced explorations of this theme from the 1960s. Way cool. I’ll be adding this album to my library. Of the several dozen rap albums this boomer has ever heard, this is one of the two or three most listenable. Pour yourself an adult beverage and close your eyes. 4/5

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Tue May 11 2021
2

Too fuckin weird and like weird 90's film vibes. Got that tune though

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Mon Aug 16 2021
2

This album raises the age old question: is trip hop chilled, or is it just boring? Based on this, the answer is 'mostly boring'. The majority of this album passed me by. It's not entirely without its moments though. 'Hell is Round the Corner' and 'Brand New the Retro' caught my attention and were enjoyable. The rest was pretty zzzzzzz and too irritating to be relaxing.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
1

Not my jam.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
1

Not very interesting

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Thu May 13 2021
1

Wow this guy's voice is annoying!

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Sat Jan 30 2021
5

Compete unknown to me prior to this listen. Great album.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

Love this album, it's a long time fav. Big slow rolling languid beats and syrupy vocals. This album has atmosphere to spare. The pacing and track list of the album is great. After I was finished the first instinct was to push play and take it for another spin.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

When listening to *Maxinquaye*, Tricky's historical first solo LP, it quickly dawns upon you that Adrian Thaws could not have chosen a better stage name. Almost thirty years after this feat of an album, it indeed remains *tricky* to qualify what makes the latter one-of-a-kind. Freshly out of Massive Attack, where he had previously honed his soft, surreal, passive-aggressive style of rapping, and having found a rare pearl to counterbalance his raspy vocals with the clear-voiced, wispy singer Martina Topley-Bird, Thaws took the trip-hop formula he's never been at ease with, and soured it with massive doses of his own obsessions and paranoia, here taking the shape of altered-state-fueled rants filled with striking turns of phrases. In an astonishing twist, this postmodern rendition of voodoo blues enacted through samplers and sequencers makes for a stifling yet also often oneiric experience, both musically and lyrically. We won't delve too much into the lyrics here, as other reviews have made an excellent job explaining why they were so interesting and personal, but from Thaws' gravelly grunts complaining that "MTV goes too fast" for his own bodily rhythms, up to the many allusions to drugs, sexual dysfunctions and the sad state of England during the nineties, *Maxinquaye* indeed caught the zeitgeist of those disillusioned years like almost no other record at the time. Tricky here gave birth to a LP that is timeless in many different ways--as a loose post-apocalyptic narrative, as an organic feast unafraid of its own little dark corners, and as a groove record pointing the way for several subsequent acts playing "black" music (in all senses of the word, from soul to rap to industrial to post-punk). The bulk of Thaws' DIY message was: do not follow the usual guidelines, and it is one that is still resonating today with acts such as King Krule or Young Fathers, long after 'trip hop' itself is dead and gone. Minus one minor misfire--to which we'll come back later on--the A-side of the album is certainly worthy of its overall legend. Opener "Overcome"--a reinterpretation of Thaws' memorable lyrics in Massive Attack's "Karmacoma"--is a floor-tom-propelled marvel soaked in lush, mysterious synth rivulets and eddies sounding like so many pagan flutes. Tricky himself is nowhere to be heard on the track, there's just Topley-Bird's acid-tinged vocals to lighten the dark proceedings. For anyone remembering Thaws' original verse on Massive Attack's track, it was as if his female collaborator was here playing the role of a graceful sybill possessed by a devilish, fuming spirit speaking incantations through her mouth. And even if you were not familiar with "Karmacoma", the contents of those incantations against the "west" and its lack of spirituality hit the mark from the get-go. Next in line, "Ponderosa" displayed a monsoon of moist and relatively agitated tropical percussions celebrating a hedonism all too suspect not to betray the existential malaise that lies underneath it all. "I'll drink 'til I'm drunk, and I'll fuck 'til I'm senseless", Topley-Bird singspeaks. Both erotic and claustrophobic, the track is an admirable showcase for *Maxinquaye*'s many ambiguities and suspended/suspenseful moments. A little further down the line, "Hell Is Round The Corner" is another reinterpretation of Thaws' lines found in Massive's *Protection* album. It is worth noting here that this cut spins the same Isaac Hayes sample as the one used by Portishead for their hit single "Glory Box", a borrowing of "Ike's Rap II"'s organ riff played over a descending bass line (it was a coincidence that both projects used the same sample, apparently). But *Maxinquaye*'s use of Isaac Hayes is so smart, so well-arranged, and so perfectly in tune with Thaws and Topley-Bird's vocals about public and private hells, that the results are actually as good as "Glory Box" while managing to sound *way* different from it. If both cuts thus retain the same basic ingredient at their core, none of them can be deemed as superior to the other, and it's almost a miracle the two songs can exist side by side without one intruding on the other in your memory. Right after, the lascivious "Pumpkin"--featuring Alison Goldfrapp--both namechecks and samples The Smashing Pumpkins, infusing much welcomed twangy guitar digressions to the laid-back formula (a rock influence that sounds far different from the one on "Black Steel", but more on that later). As for "Aftermath", it is another killer track, taking its sweet time to mesmerize the listener with its flute solos over a promiscuously slooooow funk backdrop. And so on... Many other songs in the record have those sorts of incredible ideas, even the less impressive ones crammed towards its end. Because, yes, as much as *Maxinquaye* is groundbreaking, it admittedly still drags a little in its second part, to put things rather bluntly. We won't name the tracks responsible for this overall lessening of quality, because they're not *that* bad. It's just that shorter versions of them would have done the job right without killing the overall flow. Moist, claustrophobic ambiences, scratchy samples, and dreamy solipsistic delusions are still very much to the fore on those later developments, but one can't help thinking Thaws would have made *even more* of an impression if he had applied a little self-editing for those specific forays. We also take issue with the third track of the album, "Black Steel", a clunky, repetitive, alt-rock cover of Public Enemy that overstays its welcome, going far too long for no discernible reasons. The concept was good, maybe--suddenly, here come all-out rock guitars and drums for a rap cover, and this in the middle of so-called 'trip-hop'--but the inclusion of this somewhat hackneyed track so soon, right in the third slot, could have killed *Maxinquaye*'s momentum if the rest had not been so convincing as a whole. To his defense, Tricky has always been a very instinctual artist, not bothering too much about rhyme or reason in his sylistic inclusions and digressions. Just like for his lyrics, you either take it or leave it, so to speak, and this might just be as good as it is, to be honest. Because, for all our little complaints up there, you can't really blame Thaws for taking risks. Indeed, that uncompromising stance of his is also the reason the album ends with offerings as impressive and uncompromising as the droney, psychotic "Strugglin'", followed by that unexpected last-minute balm "Feed Me", whose soothing yet still uneasy music-box-like chimes echo throughout the mist long after the album is over. For all the minor drawbacks in *Maxinquaye*, there are still many treasures of this kind to dig out of the rainy, desolate beach at the end of the world that this legendary record is at heart. You may uncover a few secondary trinkets half-buried in the sand here and there, but they won't tarnish the gold you're still able to find out of the place. That's why gold-diggers keep on returning to that beach after all these years, and rightly so. Soul-searching is an endless quest, and as such, *Maxinquaye* is as endless a statement as it should be. [Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 988 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 5 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 5 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (as I think many others are more important): 3]

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Tue Feb 01 2022
5

As claustrophobic and entrancing as when I first heard it. A high point.

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Wed Nov 18 2020
4

Tricky is one of the members of Massive Attack (an electronic group that I actually like quite a bit) so it's unsurprising that I found this album pretty listenable. It's slower, darker, and more moody than most MA albums are generally. And that's saying something since MA lives best in that heavy trip space. This is a good album. Is it amazing? I don't know. To me, an amazing album is one that I can listen to almost any time. This isn't that kind of album. But, when I'm in the headspace for something moody, chill, and beat-driven, this is exactly what I'm gonna want.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

Now I think I know why people were talking about Tricky when this was out. The Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos cover was interesting.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

Actually a really cool album, not what I expected at all based on the album cover (don't judge an album by it's cover). The sound is quite varied throughout and certain aspects of a tracks seem familiar to me for some reason.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
4

Wow, an album I am actually very familiar with. This whole Bristol trip-hop scene thing was actually on my mind yesterday. Thinking about how different areas have specific local cultures that sometimes break through and spread and I was wondering how organic that always is... Anyway, this album isn't really organic. I gave it another listen just now to see if age had changed my views but no, I still feel it has the same issues. Perhaps in a Spotify playlists everywhere world it could stand even stronger but for me it still feels like it has no flow - each track is pretty good on its own, but put together and they just kind of jar: there's no real cohesive soundscape of the album itself. It jumps from full tilt reinterpretation of "Black Steel" to the dreamy Portishead sampling "Hell is Round the Corner"... and we do stay in that groove for a fair bit but then "Strugglin'" just slams on the brakes without a lot of breaks. It's a weird little album - the tracks still stand up, the lyrics are often intriguing little snippets of cool and there's lots to enjoy about it, but yeah. Still doesn't work as a cohesive whole for me.

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Sat Feb 05 2022
4

If you had told me that Black Steel was a cover of a Public Enemy song I wouldn't have been surprised. If you told me that I owned the album, I would have been more surprised, but then, Public Enemy didn't have a punk band backing them up. Oh well, I prefer the Tricky version and it's a song I never get tired of. As for the rest of the album, it was a brilliant idea to bring in his girlfriend, Martina Topley Bird and the other female vocalists. They make this a far more enjoyable (and sexier) offering than it would have been with just Tricky. This LP made Tricky, and his mates from Massive Attack the kings of trip-hop in the mid-90s (along with Portishead of course, who he samples on Hell is Around the Corner). I have to give a bonus point for Black Steel.

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Sat Jul 10 2021
3

The album together with the year 1995 had me dreading what was about to come. But I was quite surprised. Didn't know Tricky was a collaborator of Massive Attack, but it makes sense. It's pretty good, but I won't return to it anytime soon probably.

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Sat Jul 31 2021
3

Alors que je savourais la première partie de l'album, je m'absentai un instant dans le but de vérifier que les vêtements que j'avais mis à sécher progressaient vers cet objectif. Lorsque je revins près de l'enceinte, je m'aperçus avec effroi que Tricky avait tenté d'incorporer un morceau reggae dans le projet sans que je m'en aperçoive. "J'aurais dû m'en douter..." pensai-je. L'album s'intitule Maxinquaye. MaxinQUAYE... Jusque-là, le seul album de reggae du générateur était l'œuvre d'un certain Finley Quaye. Finley QUAYE... "La trahison est un plat qui se mange froid." disaient probablement Churchill ainsi que Jésus. À méditer...

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Tue Jan 18 2022
3

Feels cool, like Gin and cigarette smoke. I like the Feminine vocals, the dude singing not so much honestly.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
2

I still don't love trip hop, and albums from the 90s are still too long.

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Tue Feb 01 2022
2

An album I've listened to countless times in a vain attempt to like it as much as some other people do and as much as I probably/possibly should. The answer might be that I've never had the need for a late-at-night album for stoners. It's one of those albums where you get 5 or 6 songs in and wonder how it's not yet at the end. One thing I will say about Tricky is that he has the greatest West Country accent.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
1

I did not like the album

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Sat Jun 12 2021
1

Bad, I don't understand how successful it was.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
1

Electronic music just doesn’t connect with me.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
1

Awful

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

Always excited to listen to Tricky. Dude can make a beat, and he has a voice like none other. He recruits great vocalists as well.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

Trip hop vibes, vocals reminiscent of Fiona Apple some times. Apparently he's a Massive Attack alum Fave songs: Hell is Around the Corner, Pumpkin, Suffocated Love - 5 Stars

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

OKKKKAT this was FUEGOOOOO

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Confusing but I liked it, beats were really nice, British accent threw me off

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Tue Jul 06 2021
5

Sexy, stolpernd, verkifft, fast ausnahmslos homogen diese dunkle Boudoir Stimmung; als würde „Karmachoma“ zu einem Album ausgewachsen sein mit Gruß rüber nach Portishead. Vertrackt und gradlinig zugleich. Ich erkenne keine Schwachstelle und feiere dazu noch lyrics wie: „I fuck you in the ass / just for a laugh“ Tight 4.8

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Thu Jul 15 2021
5

Great! Experimenral triphop, tight up my alley.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
5

surprisingly great

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Tue Aug 31 2021
5

Genre opening era defining classic. Filled with things I like to hear, and beautifully balanced voices and samples

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Fri Sep 03 2021
5

Great sound

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Tue Nov 09 2021
5

Brilliant vocals, unique (and brilliant) lyrics, wonderful instrumentation and production. Loved it, and would probably not have listened to the whole thing unprompted. 4.5 🌟 rounds up to 5 🌟

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

really digging! 4 or 5 so far

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

Not quite what I was expecting, but I am very much enjoying it. Yep. Wish I'd heard it 25 years ago.

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Tue Jan 04 2022
5

Yes please.

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Sat Jan 22 2022
5

Интересная, экспериментальная музыка

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Tue Feb 22 2022
5

Trip-hop bliss

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Fri Mar 04 2022
5

Blown away by this tbh. Never heard of Tricky before, but the album is excellent. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Tue Mar 22 2022
5

Brilliant vocals, unique (and brilliant) lyrics, wonderful instrumentation and production. Loved it, and would probably not have listened to the whole thing unprompted. 4.5 🌟 rounds up to 5 🌟

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Thu Mar 24 2022
5

10/10

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Thu Apr 28 2022
5

Trick managed to somehow make a Public Enemy cover that’s better than the source material… so much cool stuff here

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Sat Jun 04 2022
5

1995 - rip hop; experimental; electronic; R&B; post-rock; British hip hop

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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

Top album

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Fri Aug 19 2022
5

Great album!

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

Oh I loves my Trip-Hop.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
5

Enjoy this, very much in the realm of Portishead etc

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Sat Nov 05 2022
5

Amazing album and probably my favourite of all the music labelled Trip Hop. I even rate this over Massive Attack.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
5

Beh, di cosa stiamo parlando?

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Thu Nov 24 2022
5

Trip-hop/Alt-Rock

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Fri May 28 2021
4

Finally, an album from the golden age of trip-hop. This album pales in comparison to Mezzanine by Massive Attack, but in isolation it has a lot to recommend it. The music is relaxed, but complex. The vocals blend in well, standing in front without obscuring the music. 4/5

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

Seminal trip hop album but a bit dull at times

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

Yep liked this quite a bit - not as good as Massive Attack or Portishead but still great Bristol music

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

I enjoy this album. I always get excited to listen to it. Although, I listened to it during the day, and it is better at night

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Yeah this is a good one mate

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Yeh. Nice. Bit of trip hop. I got really into trip hop like 11 years ago but then I got out of it again. Great.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Trip hop good

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

Haunting 90s soul RnB, with some breakbeat. Sweet.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

I think this is trip hop? Nice, mood driven.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

Hadn't listened to this in about 20 years. Still fantastic. Sinister.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

Massive Attack mit ein bisschen weniger Massive Attack, insbesondere vielleicht ohne deren Tiefe, dafür aber mehr Bock auf Prolligkeit und Sex. Why not?! 3,8

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Mon Mar 15 2021
4

Probably a 3.5er tbf

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

Best tracks: Ponderosa

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Sat Apr 10 2021
4

Appreciated this far more than I did in the mid 90s - a brilliant album and will send me back down the tricky rabbit hole

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Sat Apr 10 2021
4

Still sounds fresh nearly 30 years later. Inventive and powerful, great drum rhythms and use of samples throughout and the vocal combination work so well, playful and sinister. A fantastic album.

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Sun Mar 07 2021
4

Great to listen to while high. Would look into other music in this genre.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

A nice follow-up to Moon Safari, I think. Would also probably have liked this a lot in High School.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

4/5. Bueno, pero no me encantó. Disco como para ponerlo de fondo.

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Smooth and unique instrumentation. It's no [sic] "Portishead", but it's still pretty great.

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Mon May 24 2021
4

Tom waitsachtig. Cool

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Sun May 16 2021
4

Kinda weird but I really liked it

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

Liked this, very cool

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Mon Sep 06 2021
4

Tricky is severely under appreciated

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Fri Sep 10 2021
4

Way more.musical than Run DMC. Not very melodic though - interesting line between noise and melody, with random noise thrown in. Vocals: classic singing from the woman - rap scratchy voice from tricky. Interesting proto rap?

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

Норм трип-хоп. Сначала не врубаешься, а к середине всё идет как по маслу.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

its good, but it's lacking something. you can't help but feel the input of 3D and Daddy-G would have made this an absolute belter of an album.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

Several familiar tracks that I've heard covers of before (at least I believe this was the original and not vice versa). Good chill album.

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

Nice lil mellow chill album. Gets a little repetitive on some tracks, but otherwise really solid.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

Smokey underwater trip-hop. I like Massive Attack more, but this is still a great listen. Fave track - "Black Steel" is absolutely badass. "Suffocated Love" really stood out to me this time around, too!

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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

Love it, and trip hop isn't usually my thing.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
4

Never really got past Portishead with Triphop. A bit more abrasive than that and this style does sounds a little dated now but I enjoyed it

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Mon Oct 18 2021
4

More inexplicable rights BS from Google as a third of the songs from this aren't available in the album playlist on YT Music, yet I could watch them on YouTube on the official channel. So left with annoyingly switching between the platforms to listen to the full album in order. It would be easier to find some rip of the full album someone has undoubtedly uploaded to YouTube which just as inexplicably stays up unmolested, except this somehow obscurely feels like playing into Google's hands. Anyway, aside from the rigamarole I liked this a lot.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
4

Tricky wears his influences well to concoct a strange brew of blissed out beats, moody strings, mumbled raps and stunning vocals from Martina Topley Bird. I slept on this album the first time round and now recognise it as a classic. Few artists can sound so confident in their sonic experimentation but so paranoid in their lyrical content. Rewards repeated listens.

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Tue Nov 02 2021
4

I liked this more than I expected. Very atmospheric & moody.

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Sat Nov 06 2021
4

Really cool trip hop. I was going to say it gave me big vibes of Massive Attack, until I read the wikipedia article and saw he was a member lol. Great record!

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Sat Nov 06 2021
4

I could say that sounds more like Massive Attack than Massive Attack itself I really hear 'trip' in this trip hop album.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

Wasn’t very familiar with this album but it was great to have on for ambiance during the day!

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Sat Nov 27 2021
4

An eerie listen. Once you've got into the first couple of tracks you'll be settled for the rest of the album. 7/10

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

It's got that Portishead and Massive Attack sound that I love. I feel like I will end up liking this album more and more with time.

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Sat Dec 04 2021
4

Sexy and truly dark sounding, a perfect blend of skill and atmosphere

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Thu Dec 09 2021
4

A fantastic unique album - love it

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

Am glad I revisited this. There are tracks on here that I remember well and fondly, specifically Hell Is around the Corner and Aftermath. Pretty sure those are ones I got off of Napster that I put in chill out mix CDs as I don’t believe I had this album in full.

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Sat Dec 25 2021
4

Nice one, I really like trip hop, this is just as good as massive Attack

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Wed Dec 29 2021
4

Tricky is a legend, but personally it would always choose a record from Massive Attack's catalog over his solo work.

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

A couple of years ago, a few of us started an Album Club, (spun out of our lazy Book Club). One of us would pick an album for the month, we'd listen to it at least 3 times, then meet up at the pub to discuss (and get drunk). Our first album was Maxinquaye. When the evening of our pub meet came around, the suggestion came up that we should listen to the album in the pub, but how could we do that? Luckily, one of us had some kind of industrial-sized multi-headphone-splitter (and I mean industrial - with no degrading in audio quality), this worked a treat... but you should have seen the look on the landlord's face when he saw several blokes sat around with headphones on, bopping away to Tricky. It was a great album to kick off our Album Club with, (which has now kind of merged with this daily 1001 group).

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

Some interesting sounds and beats. The music and lyrics depict seemingly real life scenarios of inner city youth alienation and narcotics etc. I enjoyed the moods created on tracks like Pumpkin, which have a spooky rather unsettling feel. Not bad and probably an album that could grow on me.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
4

that was real good!

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

Good sound, better than I expected.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

sensual, cru, carnal um pouco de industrial e punk e prog ¿?

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

Genre: Trip Hop 4/5 Tricky, one of the members of Massive Attack, a group who stands as a forerunner of the Trip Hop genre, left the band to pursue his own musical endeavor, feeling unfulfilled as the member of a group. What transpired is a moody, spacey, raunchy album, full of beautifully sampled soundscapes and hushed, sexy lyrics. While Tricky himself has declared that this is not Trip Hop, this album essentially is the entire genre in an album. From the slower, sexier Aftermath to the heavier, MJ-sampling Brand New You’re Retro, this album is an essential listen. The Gorillaz would certainly not exist without this 90s knockout. Great album.

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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

Pretty all over the map, but mostly a chill vibe. Added.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

8'5

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Sat Feb 05 2022
4

I like how this album moves and grooves. The percussion is consistently good throughout.  Black Steel mixes in some really cool fuzzy guitar work. The guitar on that tune is credited to FTV. Hummm, that clarifies. The flute is a peculiar instrument. It pops its head up on select albums from time to time, hangs around for one song and then returns to hibernation. Its cameo on Aftermath is quite good. 

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

Great Album!!!

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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

Quand j'ai lancé j'avais la flemme de ouf mais trop bien

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Sat Feb 26 2022
4

For some reason, I gave Massive Attack and Portishead a lot more attention than Tricky when I dug into trip-hop. Didn't remember much of this. But it's a strong album that has aged well. Tricky has good sound design and great brooding atmosphere to many of the tracks. Martina's vocals are a stunningly good fit. Should really check out her own solo material sometime. Overall, this is peak downtempo. 4*

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

Amazing

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Sun Mar 20 2022
4

Tricky takes a different approach to rap (at least in my listening experience with that genre), and I really like his style. There's a really cool layering of dissonance, which adds texture and an edge to the music, and smoothness in how it all comes together. Not at all easy to pull off, and it's impressive. I'm glad this project introduced me to this album. It's genuinely interesting work and I'll come back to it for more listens.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

Love triphop. Amazing beats and aphmosphere. Tricky feels a bit less creative compared to massive attack and portishead.

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Sat Mar 26 2022
4

Good trip hop

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Mon Mar 28 2022
4

Interesting timing as I see Pitchfork just released a retrospective review of this over the weekend. Never heard of this artist or album, but I quite enjoyed it. It's electronic music, but rather than dance-y it's a bit dark and mysterious. Even still, the grooves are pretty catchy. I dig it. Favorite tracks: Overcome, Brand New You're Retro, Suffocated Love, Strugglin. Album art: No idea what I'm looking at here, like four pieces of wood? Not sure, but it's a cool textured look. 4/5

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Tue May 10 2022
4

I know it well...This plus Massive Attack plus Portishead make the Holy trinity of Bristol Trip hop. A mixture of seductive beats and (mostly) nervy rap and soul Tricky, to his credit, is happy to drop into the background on some tracks. Its heady, intoxicating stuff. Solid 4

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Tue May 24 2022
4

Hard to make heads or tails of this album. I really liked the seedy atmosphere of some of the slower more ambient tracks but it felt long and I was getting bored in the beginning. Very interesting album either way

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Fri May 27 2022
4

Ganske fett. Endelig et nytt album eg kommer til å høre mer på :D Likte spesielt "hell is round the corner".

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Fri May 27 2022
4

7/10. This was kinda cool

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Wed Jun 15 2022
4

pretty cool album, shows still alot of the massive attack style but with more lyrical input

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Sat Jun 18 2022
4

Bbgbb

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Sat Jun 18 2022
4

sOlid, a unique approach to trip-hop

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Sun Jun 19 2022
4

Pretty iconic trip-hop. Intersesting to hear "Hell Is Round the Corner" which uses the same sample of Portishead's track Glory Box. According to quick googling Portishead played a rough demo to Tricky in a car and then he went and sampled Isaac Hayes' 'Ike's Rap II' as well. I would have thought there was more cohesion between them but it sounds sort of contentious, but I think we all know who came out ahead. Overall some nice grooves but I believe I prefer Massive Attack as a whole.

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Sun Jun 19 2022
4

Compelling album - I like the dark atmospheres and subject matter contrasted with the lightness of Topley-Bird's vocals.

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Sun Jun 19 2022
4

Trip-hop suavecín, casi ambiental. Venga, un 4.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Overcome, Black steel, Hell is around the corner

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Wed Aug 17 2022
4

Great album

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

Great album. I have never heard any track beyond their hit. I really enjoyed it. Great for a road trip.

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Sat Aug 20 2022
4

Chill weird creepy in a good way

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Sat Sep 03 2022
4

Intrigante. Mi piace molto, magari non è un capolavoro, ma è molto interessante.

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Sat Sep 03 2022
4

It's like a funkier discount Mezzanine

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Mon Sep 05 2022
4

greatttt

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Sat Sep 17 2022
4

One of the best house albums

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Mon Sep 19 2022
4

sexy vocals - genre-defining. perhaps multiple genres. talented songwriter with a unique vision and lyrics that have something to say. does something absolutely post-modern before anyone was ready.

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

I like PJ Harvey, Bjork, and Portishead, and these felt adjacent. The lyrics are a little deeper though.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

Good - similar to his work with Massive Attack.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

Portia head for being British

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Sat Sep 24 2022
4

Know this one well

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Tue Sep 27 2022
4

Première écoute de cet album. Agréablement surpris. La première chanson est fantastique. La majorité des grooves sont vraiment intéressantes, par contre l'utilisation du même sample qu'utiliser de façon principale comme Portishead l'a fait un an auparavant n'est pas une superbe idée. Ça manque d'originalité, surtout qu'il fonctionne tellement bien dans Glory Box. Je vais sûrement y revenir.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
4

Très cool. Pas surprennant qu’il soit on/off dans Massive attack. Un peu plate de reprendre le sample de Portishead par contre. Je vais y revenir.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

Pretty good TBH

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

Cracking album, dark brooding trip-hop, full of 90s swagger.

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Sat Oct 15 2022
4

Delightfully eclectic and well produced. In the Massive Attack ballpark without coming across as just a vanity- or side-project. Probably more reminiscent of Recoil’s Bloodlines.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

Surprised myself, I really lined this.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

favourite song: black steel least favourite song: aftermath honourable mentions to hell is a round the corner and suffocated love fantastic album kept my attention throughout and was really interesting

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

great

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Mon Oct 31 2022
4

Not my favorite Tricky but still pretty good.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

Excellent stuff here, four stars at least.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
4

I liked it, some songs stood out a lot more than others but overall it was a good mix and a good album.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

quite interesting, nice vibe, surprised I've never heard it before

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Tue Nov 22 2022
4

This is something I can imagine myself listening to.

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Mon May 03 2021
3

1995: Overcome, Black Steel, Hell Is Round The Corner

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Fri Jan 08 2021
3

I don't know if I'm an uneducated fool or anything, but I don't get this. Especially the second half. Those background sounds really annoyed me. 6/10 F.T.: Hell is round the Corner

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Mon May 31 2021
3

Cool beats and an off vibe that I liked

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

Aw yis. Very pleased this one popped up. A bit samey, in the end though.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

Trip hop; listened to this in the background at the cabin. I was not offended

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

slow and moody. one song i liked. didn't finish. got bored.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
3

Still pretty great. I’ve moved away from what I used to love about this album, but the good parts are still fantastic.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

Wow. To be honest it is very difficult to describe this album. There are a couple of songs that are obvious early trip-hop with the “lo-fi beats to chill/study to” vibe. Other tracks are a mix between soft rock and progressive. Like if you combined Tool, Smashing Pumpkins, and The Cranberries. It’s not my favorite album but I can appreciate it for what it is.

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Sun Feb 07 2021
3

Really like the first half of this album. Second half is alright. Chill. 7/10

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

Very hard to understand what I thought of that.. It didn't leave much impression but I didn't hate it

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

Kannte ich nicht. Noch easy aber aucn nicht voll cool. Schöne frauenstimme. 90er rap

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

chill, some nice vocals, but not totally memorable

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Mon Jun 28 2021
3

Rustige, trage hiphop. Ook eerder muziek om op de achtergrond te laten spelen. Een beetje lounge-vibes

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

I thought this album was great, atmospheric and varied in theme a d style

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Mon May 10 2021
3

Meh

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Fri May 21 2021
3

Solidan trip hop album sa elementima hip hopa, eksperimentiranjem nekakvih sampleova i nekako nokturalno raspoložen. Općenito trip hop žanr spada više u noćne sate, kišne dane, jednostavno taj žanr meni ne spada pod nekakvu sreću, da ga slušam po lijepom vremenu, ne znam. Uglavnom, album je dosta solidan, nije među najboljima, ali svakako je moguće povrat na ovaj album kada budem u žaru slušanja ove vrste glazbe.

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Sat May 08 2021
3

Extremely chill and relaxed. Would have enjoyed it more with an edible I think. Good background music for work / studying.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

The album seems like a soporific dirges arranged in a minimal style. The sinister sorcery of Abbaon Fat Track and the disco diva funk of Suffocated Love don't rest on much of a foundation. On the other hand, there are really interesting tracks on the record like Black Steel. (6/10) Favourite Tracks: Black Steel

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Sun Aug 08 2021
3

My first exposure to non-Youtube trip hop, and I'm a bit underwhelmed. I'm impressed by the sampling and how the vocals go well with the themes of urban collapse (particularly drug use). The sound is mechanical, cold, and unsettling but smooth and chill, especially supported by the Martina's vocals. Sometimes I feel like they conflict though. For most of the songs, I do enjoy the production, courtesy of The Cure's Mark Saunders, but especially on the 2nd half, I don't think there's anything particularly outstanding.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
3

This was not at all what I was expecting. Much more mellow and trippy than I was thinking when I read “English rapper” on the Wikipedia page. 3 stars.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
3

Good beats. Awesome female vocals.

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Sat Aug 21 2021
3

I was looking forward to this one, I’ve a mate who raves about it. Sadly, it’s just ok. I enjoyed parts and others seemed to just stretch into the agony and ecstasy of the sweet embrace of death. Maybe I’ll listen again and give it another try but at the moment it’s a solid 3.

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Tue Aug 31 2021
3

Chilled out with an edge.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
3

OK but not great. Songs kinda ran together but nothing too bad. I liked "Black Steel" but it was the only one I thought was more than just ok.

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Tue Sep 28 2021
3

Some great tunes, some strange ones. It could grow on me but not sure I want to give it the time.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
3

Aloof but rarely distant, Tricky is a party guest who lets the party come to him; sitting sprawled on a sofa, never short of a guest to chat to - or if he's between guests, he doesn't mind, he's just as happy vibing on his own. Which of course, piques the interest of another party guest who sits down to hear what Tricky has to say. Never forceful, but impossible to ignore. A welcome addition to the party, in other words.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
3

A little enigmatic. Liked the originality. Not really my thing though. It's good for listening while working. Nothing distracting.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
3

Real score 3.5

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Mon Oct 18 2021
3

6.5/10

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Sat Oct 23 2021
3

Un dels clàssics de la primera època del trip-hop, però que sempre va tenir més nom i repercussió que mèrits propis. Malgrat els atractius, que en té, per mi queda molt lluny en quant a qualitat dels primers discos de Portishead o Massive Attack

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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

I think this list is also oversaturated with Trip Hop but this was also pretty good, it not a bit unsettling

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Mon Nov 01 2021
3

not too bad

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Fri Nov 12 2021
3

Meh

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Sat Nov 13 2021
3

I honestly don't really know how to feel about this. I like some of it and don't like some of it and it just doesn't quite mesh in my mind.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
3

Iconic stuff, but gets a bit samey over the course of an album. One good idea stretched a little too far. But when it's good it's epic

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Wed Dec 01 2021
3

3.5

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Tue Dec 07 2021
3

cool cool cool

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Tue Dec 07 2021
3

Reißt mich nicht hart von Hocker. Erste Hälfte ist stärker. Aber auch der Rest ist nicht ganz schlecht. Schlechte 3, aber 3.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

Strangely sexy...

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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

3.5 - chill beats and good vocals. Have always dig Massive Attack, so this was a good experience. Might come back to this, but not in a rush.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
3

Enjoying all the trip hop.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
3

Not always an easy listen with the organic sampled rhythms (cocked guns etc), but the music is interesting and really well sung by the ladies. Obviously Tricky cannot sing and his mumbles mostly work quite well too. I listened to this a lot when it was released and it still stands up. Not necessarily a 4, but certainly a very high 3 (better than Bjork's Debut from the same period).

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

Hip hop. Ambiente. Electrónica.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
3

A bit too boring for my taste.

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Sat Feb 05 2022
3

I think his sampling of Issac Hayes on Hell is Round the Corner is pretty damned cool. Its also the best song on the album IMO. My main beef with trip hop though is the cooler than thou vibe that it tries to project resulting in very detached, unemotional music that is best left to hotel lobbies or snotty fashion boutiques. I used to really like this genre when I was younger but now its not so alluring.

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