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Album Review

Finished with his recording obligations with Domino, Tricky sounds refreshingly relaxed and grounded for his 2013 release False Idols. Two decades after the release of his breakout release, Maxinquaye, an album that skyrocketed the ripe 18-year-old into the limelight and the public eye, he takes issue with the concept of celebrity. Being that trip-hop has fallen in and out of fashion, Tricky's musical (and acting) career has seen extreme ups and downs, so he has first-hand experience with the trappings of fame. Former L.A. connections led to some misguided, obligatory team-ups, like working with the Red Hot Chili Peppers or Live's Ed Kowalczyk, for instance, so it's a relief to see him on a musical path where he is paired with artists who are cut from the same cloth. The most high-profile guest appearance involves the Antlers' Peter Silberman on a reworking of his indie band's song "Parenthesis," which updates the original by transforming the lush Radiohead soundscape into a stark beat and a Yeah Yeah Yeahs-styled guitar riff. It arguably improves on the original. However, the best songs on False Idols involve new vocal collaborators Francesca Belmonte, Fifi Rong, and Nneka Egbuna. Their seductive voices are reminiscent of Tricky's earlier work with Martine or Elizabeth Fraser, and when paired with beats that feel fresh in 2013, but are also based in the expected '90s Bristol dubby atmospherics and trip-hop beats, songs like "Is That Your Life," "If Only I Knew," and "Tribal Drums" stand up with his career highs. Occasionally parts of the album get bogged down with spirituality ("Passion of the Christ" and Van Morrison's "Somebody's Sins") — which isn't surprising, because conceptually, Tricky seems to be doing some soul-searching — but the running time is long, and at least three quarters of the album is top-shelf.

Customer Reviews

Great as always

It's new and familiar, a lot of great songs and a couple crappy ones that I'll probably find myself humming in the next few days anyway. It's a classic Tricky album and any fan will be happy to add it to their collection, I'm happy to have it.

Appreciating "clean"

As a dance instructor to teens and adults, I appreciate danceable clean music so I can use it in class!!! This will be a blast to use.

Thank Gawd

I had all but given up on Tricky. His latest efforts hadn't been doing it for me. Hell, I didn't even know he had a new record out, didn't care. But THIS. This is an amazing return to form. Incredible from front to back. It's still no Maxinquae (nothing is or ever will be), but it's definitely Blowback caliber. Thank you, Tricky. How I've missed you.

Biography

Born: 1964 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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