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Maxinquaye

Tricky

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It's one thing to feign sensuality with the use of scented candles, quite another to capture its most carnal incarnation, as Tricky's trip-hop masterpiece Maxinquaye does. Aided and inspired by his muse Martina Topley-Bird, he layers hollow and humid percussion loops over Bird's breathy, teasing vocals and samples that flirt with funk, dub, hip hop, and even heavy metal (a livid cover of Public Enemy's "Black Steel," made all the more relevant in today's war times). The result is unparalleled, paranoid and postmodern R&B.

Customer Reviews

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.

Trickylicious

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.

Biography

Born: 1964 in Knowle West, Bristol, Avon, Engla

Genre: Electronic

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,...
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