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Tricky — born Adrian Thaws in the Knowle West section of Bristol, England — made some of the most riveting pop music of the ‘90s. Trip-hop classics like Maxinquaye and Pre-Millennium Tension were dark, atmospheric works imbued with a sense danger and eroticism. Tricky is an elusive figure in some ways: he often spotlights other singers while he quietly intones below them, and stylistically he can be a bit of a shape-shifter, albeit one who puts his own stamp on everything he touches. 2008’s Knowle West Boy, his first album in five years, kicks off with “Puppy Toy,” a 21st-century blues featuring vocalist Alex Mills and a chorus that blasts like a radio hit. A couple of tracks, “Bacative” and “Baligaga” showcase Rodigan Morgan toasting over Dancehall-based grooves, while “Council Estate” is a slice of fractured punk. Some of the better cuts — “Past Mistake,” “Coalition,” and “Far Away”— use strings to great textural effect. The standout “Joseph” is tough to categorize. It’s an edgy, ambient piece flecked by harp tones that feels like it’s about to explode but never quite does; instead, it savors every drop of tension it so successfully creates.

Customer Reviews

Wow! Well worth the wait!

Now this is the Tricky I've been waiting almost 10 years to hear!! Nice job!

A great introduction to a great artist

Only about a week ago did I started listening to tricky, and I am surprised by how sophisticated and original he is, I listen to some underground current hip hop but this takes everything to the next level of music. That level that transcends words with its beauty.... I suggest this to be your next album

TKO by the Tricky One!

I have been waiting for the album to come out, and the wait was worth it! This album lines em up and knocks em down. The mixture of sound throughout the tracks makes this a solid album from start to finish. Tricky is one of the freshest minds in the music industry today, and live he brings energy rarely found on stage today. Welcome back Tricky Kid!


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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