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If unease were an art form, then Maxinquaye would be its Sistine Chapel. Thanks to its unhurried hush, the album is a make-out must, but it's the pervading sense of danger that makes it so sensually sinister. Tricky and Martina Topley-Bird play devil and angel on your shoulders, trading gravelly raps with cool, crystalline delivery. Despite the claustrophobic atmospheres, there's something for every mood, from the sultry whispers of "Overcome" to a thrilling Public Enemy cover, "Black Steel." Listen loud—and, preferably, late at night.

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Perfect, end to end

This album, Portishead's "Dummy", and Massive Attack's "Protection" (many argue "Blue Lines") are the essential trip-hop full-length statements of the 90s. "Maxinquaye" sustains a unique eerie ambiance throughout, creating a cohesive musical experience that flows through all the tracks. Very cool and imaginative textures, sounds, and ideas populate the songs and make for a dynamic yet hushed musical landscape. More sonic detail is revealed on repeated listens. Highly recommended.


All the old Tricky along with Massive Attack is all you need to discover the best trip hop had to offer.

Tricky's Only Good Record

One of the other reviewers called this...uh...avant garde. Well, it's hardly avant garde, it is however a perfect example of the now very stale "trip-hop" genre. Right up there with Blue Lines (nn which Tricky collaberated), Protection, and Portishead's two records. Great records all of these, and this is Tricky's only good and only listenable release.


Born: January 27, 1968 in Knowle West, Bristol, Avon, Engla

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Originally, Tricky was a member of the Wild Bunch, a Bristol-based rap troupe that eventually metamorphosed into Massive Attack during the early '90s. Tricky provided pivotal raps on Massive Attack's groundbreaking 1992 album, Blue Lines. The following year, he released his debut single, "Aftermath." Before he recorded "Aftermath," he met a teenage vocalist named Martina, who would become his full-time musical collaborator; all albums released under Tricky's name feature her contributions. Tricky...
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