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Maxinquaye

Tricky

1995

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Maxinquaye

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3.14

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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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Most musicians who specialise in "depressing" have the emotional range of a mood ring and rhythmic limitations to match (I'm looking at you Beth Gibbons and Thom Yorke). Not so Adrian Thaws, who puts the funk in blue funk. His gloopy moodscapes span despondency, agitation, defiance, the need for sexual comfort, panic. The shifts between states are disquieting jerks of the steering wheel, while his gift for sampling industrial clicks and clangs makes each one feel real. There's true genius in the interplay between his and Maxine Quay's voices; his the sullen one the world hears, hers the chimeric interior monologue that can't get out. Whenever I hear this, I'm reminded of homeless people I've met, and the sense that their tortured inner life is struggling to get out. If it did, I imagine it’d sound like this.

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Really bad slow rap version of Gorillaz

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

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Weirdly sexual and bad to listen to

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Not my jam.

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Not very interesting

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5

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

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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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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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5

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I did not like the album

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

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Electronic music just doesn’t connect with me.

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Wow this guy's voice is annoying!

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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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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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5

OKKKKAT this was FUEGOOOOO

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5

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

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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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5

Great! Experimenral triphop, tight up my alley.

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5

surprisingly great

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5

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

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5

Great sound

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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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5

really digging! 4 or 5 so far

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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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5

Yes please.

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5

Интересная, экспериментальная музыка

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5

Trip-hop bliss

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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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10/10

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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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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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4

Seminal trip hop album but a bit dull at times

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

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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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Yeah this is a good one mate

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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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4

Trip hop good

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4

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

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

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4

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

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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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4

Probably a 3.5er tbf

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4

Best tracks: Ponderosa

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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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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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4

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

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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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4

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

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4

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

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4

Tom waitsachtig. Cool

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4

Kinda weird but I really liked it

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Liked this, very cool

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4

Tricky is severely under appreciated

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

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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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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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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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4

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

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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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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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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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4

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

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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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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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4

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

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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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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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4

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

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4

A fantastic unique album - love it

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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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4

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

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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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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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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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4

that was real good!

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4

Good sound, better than I expected.

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

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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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4

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

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8'5

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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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4

Great Album!!!

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4

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

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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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4

Amazing

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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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4

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

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4

Good trip hop

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

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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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Cool beats and an off vibe that I liked

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

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

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

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

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

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chill, some nice vocals, but not totally memorable

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

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

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Meh

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

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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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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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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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Good beats. Awesome female vocals.

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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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Chilled out with an edge.

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

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Real score 3.5

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6.5/10

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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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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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not too bad

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Meh

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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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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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3.5

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cool cool cool

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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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Strangely sexy...

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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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Enjoying all the trip hop.

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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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Hip hop. Ambiente. Electrónica.

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A bit too boring for my taste.

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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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un peu répétitif mais quelques morceaux trop biens (le premier)

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Excellent trip hop album. Dark, weird and provocative, splendidly arranged. Considered individually, the song quality is a bit uneven, but overall a really interesting collection of songs Fave Songs: Aftermath, Overcome, Ponderosa, Hell is Round the Corner, Pumpkin

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Some 90s trip-hop. It was ok. I was never really that into Tricky back in the day and am still not.

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Enjoyable trip-hop, though lacking the really killer tracks that other bands of that genre & era produced. A good education though; I was never really sure what the relationship between Tricky and Massive Attack was but I think I've cracked it now. Also, Martina Topley-Bird nearly never recorded with MA, but was basically Tricky's lead singer, which I certainly did not know. Learning every day.

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Interesting but not really my speed

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Groovy

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Another unexpected one - not my favourite genre and even though it's not something I'd actively listen to this is really good music to work to or just have as background. I really like the vocals from Martina Topley-Bird - very low-key and chill, nice voice, mixed low. Note: interesting how "Pumpkin" sounds exactly like something from the Smashing Pumpkins' first album...hmmm... 6/10 3 stars

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Oooh it’s complex.

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Some unique cross over trip hop electronica . Definitely ahead of his time in the mid nineties. Prefer tie female vocal compositions and slower instrumentals to the hip hop style songs .

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Would make Austin Powers blush.

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Not the best album I've ever laid my ears on but still enjoyed it - slowly warmed to it throughout reaching a high point at 'Hell is Round the Corner' (still prefer the Portishead original though. 'Black Steel' has a chaotic claustrophobic feel to it and it's a bop. Sounds like the soundtrack of an edgy 90s trainspotting-esque film. Needless to say not my favourite but if I was to do heroin, it would probably be to this album.

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Bit too weird for me, but fun for a bit of background music.

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Yeah ok Rob, I agree, Tricky are alright.

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Trip-Hop/british rap. Way better than the usual Hip-Hop rap outings. I especially like the intricate backing tracks. Still, while I can appreciate the talent and craftsmanship that went into it, this is really not for me. 3/5

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What if we made Massive Attack super depressing? And not just sad depressing. All of the different, dark shades of ugh, fuck, why, boo, and no. Did not know what to expect so was capture pretty solid in the beginning but was happy to let go of the headphones by the end. Can't brood that much in one go. Need some kind of higher hill view between the alleyways of despondent.

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Portishead vibes

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Laidback trip-hop, a little bland

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I should have liked this a lot more than I did.

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Nothing really standing out for me on first listen

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Ok taustamusaa, ei jäänyt mieleen

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Liked it decently, nice to have it as one of the first hip-hop albums on the list. Feels find ahead of its time but weren't really what I was looking for. The slow vocal samples and delivery on songs like Pumpkin really didn't do it for me. Hell is Round the Corner has a classic beat, but the content wasn't really there. Didn't enjoy my listen and just wanted to get on to the next album.

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

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Trip-hop lofi rap

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Nothing stuck out. Not really sure what the genre is

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Meh, it was nice to have on in the background

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It's great how perfectly 90s this album sounded even though I'd never heard it before. But it wasn't brilliant.

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it wasn't really for me

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Un bizarre de rap. Un peu decousu tant qu’a moi. Le style est un peu partout sans être memorable. 2.75

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Downtempo/Trip-Hop i dunno. It's not bad, per se, but I feel like Tricky has some stronger selections.

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But punky and stuff but not a show stopper

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Not bad...has potential but just never really makes the transition needed to become memorable or exciting. I tried listening purely as background music but even then the tracks became slightly agitating. 2 Stars!

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Surprisingly bland, this formula has been tweaked and done better by countless other artists.

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Another rather strange one. There were some songs I could appreciate as nice background music such as Pumpkin and Aftermath and other songs I absolutely hated such as Hell Is Round The Corner, Brand New You're Retro, Suffocated Love and Strugglin', which I all skipped after half of the song. All in all not an enjoyable experience.

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Bygger opp noen kule lydbilder, men går litt for tregt for min del. Mange av sangene har liksom et par minutter der det ikke skjer noe særlig. Liker vokalen veldig godt da! Også noen kule øyeblikk når tricky kommer inn i tillegg, som på Hell is Around the Corner (platas høydepunkt for min del)

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Dette var jo litt stilige greier! Mye variasjon i lydbildet og sjanger gjennom albumet. Nok en gang føler jeg likevel at jeg ikke får så mye ut av akkurat sånn her musikk. Låtskrivingen er liksom ikke helt noe jeg klarer å forholde meg til, om det gir mening å si. Tror ikke jeg kommer tilbake til dette.

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There are sounds on this album that remind me of Garbage, perhaps some Cocteau Twins or Portishead, and a hint of Prodigy - definitely a mid-90s sound. There were some okay tracks, but there were also some tracks I definitely did not like. 2 stars

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Not for me, don’t like the genre.

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A slow jam type of album, can see many of those songs as the background music of a moody teen drama or movie. Not too bad, but not my style of music. Best: Ponderosa Worst: Suffocated Love 2.5 Stars

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Definitely some cool vibes. I would listen to again while working, but won't crank it in the car with the windows down.

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Cet album, deja fort peu fameux, dissimulait en son sein l'artiste préferé de mon coequipier robtonnerre, le terrible Finley Quaye. C'est donc fort logiquement que je sanctionne cet album d'un 2/5, le tarif pour toute apparition du mot Quaye, aussi appelé le Q word.

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Hell is Round The Corner is a classic 90s track but the album as a whole was not great.

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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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Decent beats, not really my style.

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Honestly pretty boring. Nothing to really complain about, but the rhymes aren't really impactful or lasting on me. Highlights: 1, and 4.

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This album's job is to make you feel uncomfortable and uneasy. At least, that's what it felt like to me while listening to it. I never got into the music. This wasn't an enjoyable experience for me, but I can maybe see the value in some of the songs. I likely won't be listening to this album again, but I wouldn't mind hearing a couple of these songs on the radio. Favorite track: Overcome

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Cover is hard to pick. Never heard of it. Could be almost any genre. Song names give almost nothing away. With a band name like "tricky" I kinda expect it to be rap but that cover isn't a rap cover. Ok it's electronica. Will have to be UK, has the same kinda vibe all the other UK electronica does on the list (also, the only electronica on the list is from the UK). Album goes for an hour, only just finishing the second song. This may be a hard slog. Ok yep it's the chick from massive attack, that fits. Skanky UK techno. Mid 90s alt-techno stuff. Ahhh well, guess I'm here for the next 50min or so. Post-listen: yeah that wasn't my thing, got a bit ok in places but really didn't change much from those first 2 songs. I feel like this sub-sub-genre needs to be felt, like unless you were there at the time chances are slim you'll like it. The only bit I really felt was when they sampled abba, and even that was fleeting. 2/5.

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Interesting.

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Pffft ermm...ergh..yeah... If it was a footballer, it'd be Tony Hibbert.

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Not my grooves. Sounded kinda like gta v car radio and the songs were bonkers long

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Dark, kinda creepy, and almost entirely not my thing.

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Just ok--the massive attack makes sense.

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Not bad, not my usual and didn't blow my mind, but nothing wrong with it. Maybe a little repetitive.

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The melody is monotone and vocals are not nice.

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Too ambient for me.

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I would put Tricky below a Massive Attack, Sneaker Pimps, and Portishead in the trip hop genre. Always liked Black Steel though 2.75

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7th December 2021 Actually listened on Sunday 9th while driving back home for the week. Surprised me, a real range of genres included here - songs cross R&B, metal, reggae, jazz. Real mixed bag, very 90s.

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A record that was always in the bargin bins or on BOGOF - and it shows why. It appears and then disappears. Kind of like Tricky's career. Best Tracks: Black Steel; Hell Is Round The Corner; Aftermath

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rock with a female singer, kind of similar to garbage. British record producer and rapper. nice mellow sound, beats.

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I mean... this was not good

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A little too experimental and long for my tastes

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2/5 nothing much

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Not so bad

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Really nice. "Hell Is Round The Corner" is so chill. Else it's pretty boring and repulsive. 2

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Je pense c'est giga mood dépendant. Et le mood faire la cuisine convient pas trop malheureusement.

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Downtempo/Trip-Hop i dunno. It's not bad, per se, but I feel like Tricky has some stronger selections.

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This album is... interesting. I had high hopes after the opening track but then it just got kinda weird. I was still feeling the vibe musically until Aftermath when it got really weird with a flute interlude. And Abbaon Fat Track was... let's go with a "lyrical journey" hidden behind a very good jazzy track. The rest of the album after that was just a bit of a fever dream.

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It's an... interesting album I guess? The woman has a good voice, but the guy sounds so full of himself when he's talking that it's almost insufferable. I'm just not sure how to even begin wrapping my head around this album. It's not inherently bad, but I struggle finding points that stand out at all. It ended without me feeling anything at all, which is a bad sign.

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pročitavši da je bia u Massive Attacku, nekako san očekivala više. Nije baš moj đir

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Hell Is Around The Corner is decent, but apparently that’s because Tricky stole the sample that Portishead used as I’m confident JKav will point out. Everything before it sucks. After it is a bunch of songs I’m turning off.

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The trick to Tricky seems to be chaos and some kind of mad musical genius. Which is not to say that "Maxinquaye" is genius, but rather that the way Tricky makes music can apparently not be understood by, well, anyone but Tricky. And then again, crediting Tricky with making this music is kind of complicated. It seems much of the credit should go to Mark Saunders, the producer that was somehow able to wade through Tricky's bizarre creative methods to craft something listenable. https://www.soundonsound.com/techniques/classic-tracks-tricky-black-steel This account of the making of "Maxinquaye" was dizzying. I don't know how Saunders massaged all of that into a successful album. I gave Massive Attack's debut a 2, and the first half of this is much better than that (thanks in large part due to Saunders and Martina Topley-Bird's vocals), so I want to score this higher. On the other hand, Tricky ripped off Portishead's "Glory Box" (and did it worse than them - I kept wanting "Hell is Round the Corner" to magically morph into "Glory Box"), "Ponderosa" ruins the chill vibe established by the opening track, and the back half of the album is very uneven, to put it kindly. So there is some stuff on here that's better than "Blue Lines," though you wouldn't know it from my score.

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Interesting in places, some tracks reminded me of Portishead, but not quite as good as them.

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Umm. Where babies come from music.

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A few interesting songs but nothing to write home about. I did like this better than a few other albums this week, but in its entirety this was a pretty lack luster week for albums (Minus Kacey)

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Was ok

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I was a very bored. Not my thing- Allow, British trip hop.

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Not bad I guess, but trip-hop is not really my jam. I think the interest part was a female vocal singing the song writer's lyrics which were generally from a male perspective.

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-"Black Steel" gets into quite a jam -Basically the rest of the album is pretty boring, kind of goes off into nothing-tangent things. Basically nothing caught my interest, it almost sounded like music being played in the next room over. Personally wish more of it had been like "Black Steel." There were bits of intrigue in "Abbaton Fat Tracks" and "Brand New You're Retro" but they never really built on the creepy vibe they had. -I thought I was going to give a 4 around listening to "Black Steel," but then as the rest of the album didn't really get anywhere close to that energy level I thought about giving it a 3, but now I think it is gonna get a 2 because there was literally just that one song that was interesting, and even though it was in the vicinity of rock that I usually like, the whole thing was pretty dull and other than "Black Steel," the interestign parts never got a good resolution.

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Thought it sounded like Massive attack/Portishead. Not bad, not a big fan of some of the covers, but alright.

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There are several moments on this LP where everything clicks into the place and the songs mix off-kilter production with sly vocals to great effect. For the most part, however, the production is either too obtuse or the vocals too cringe-inducing to listen to these tracks more than once.

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Alternatief

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inascoltabile

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It sounds too much exotic and bad music. Not my kind of thing

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Doet een beetje denken aan PJ Harvey, die hier ook al in de lijst gestaan heeft. Geen goed album.

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Awful, aimless. Sounds like a highschool project, recorded inside molasses, with none of the potential or impact of a slow album.

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“themes of cultural decline, dysfunctional sexual relationships, fear of intimacy and recreational drug use.” He seems like a right laugh.

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1.5

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Ekki minn tebolli. Ábyggilega voða merkileg plata, en bara ekki fyrir mig. Góð innkoma hjá Röggu Gísla.

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Not for me. I felt very uneasy listening to this...as if impending doom was upon us so we are all killing each other.

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Beginning was ok. The rest was borderline annoying.

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nope.

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Ne mogu opisat kolko mi se ne sviđa. Al dala san priliku. Poslušala san cili album

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Very 90's UK. Not a fan.

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nononono. thank god that like half the songs weren’t available on apple music because i could not have listened to it anymore. it was so unfortunate to listen to.. there were weird noises and it just was not good.

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Eesh, no thanks.

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