Best Tricky Album Poll

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been listening to PMT quite a bit lately - i think thats definitely his best album (though the rakim remake isnt as interesting as the black steel remake on the first album). maxinquayes good in spots, but its always seemed a bit overrated, not quite the finished article yet. juxtapose is underrated i think. not heard angels in a long time but that was the first tricky album i really got into so i like parts of that too (broken homes was a bit crap though).

Poll Results

Maxinquaye (1995) 37
Pre-Millennium Tension (1996) 20
Nearly God (1996) 5
Knowle West Boy (2008) 4
Angels with Dirty Faces (1998) 3
Juxtapose (1999) (with DJ Muggs and Grease) 1
Blowback (2001) 1
Vulnerable (2003) 0

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Wednesday, 29 July 2009 08:23 (eleven years ago) link

Maxinquaye, definitely if predictably. PMT was when he started raging, eg Vent, which I blame on his love of average 90s alt-rock, although it's still two-thirds genius. Nearly God only works half the time, but when it does it's phenomenal - recently became obsessed with Martina's cover of Black Coffee, with its piano chords of doom. Angels is still too much like hard work though I admire the sticky, corrupted swamp-blues vibe. Juxtapose has some great tunes but no atmosphere and - an enduring handicap - no Martina. Blowback is an intermittently inspired lucky dip. Vulnerable is boring as hell. Knowle West Boy is a step in the right direction. Maxinquaye's the only one that grips me from start to finish. I remember being blown away by Aftermath, even moreso by Ponderosa, and counting the days till the album came out.

Dorian (Dorianlynskey), Wednesday, 29 July 2009 08:54 (eleven years ago) link

'vent' is pretty incredible though, the paranoia has a real focus there. and it's about a girl who's stealing his asthma medicine! martina's echoing vox work so well - "i'm the one/who steals his ventolin" - will also rep for 'tricky kid', 'christiansands', 'lyrics of fury' and at least a couple more from PMT.

my fav thing on nearly god is 'i be the prophet', so stately and scary. i'm v attached to that album. how out of place is the weirdly jaunty neneh cherry track which reappeared on her album a year later! and how weird that a track like 'poems' reached the top 30.

lex pretend, Wednesday, 29 July 2009 09:00 (eleven years ago) link

i mean yeah maxinquaye is the best but i think i should vote for one of those two.

the only other ones i've heard all the way thru are blowback - better than i was expecting! cd is long lost (tho) - and knowle west boy - RETURN TO FORM! trumpeted the press release. it was fucking abysmal.

lex pretend, Wednesday, 29 July 2009 09:01 (eleven years ago) link

True. The PMT tracks you mention are all phenomenal, as are Makes Me Wanna Die and Bad Dream. It's just a notch below Maxinquaye for me.

Just listening to Bad Dream now. The way Martina says "What can I say? I was having a fucked up day" in this completely callous, dead-eyed way - wow.

Dorian (Dorianlynskey), Wednesday, 29 July 2009 09:07 (eleven years ago) link

my favorite songs are on Juxtapose (eg. 'For Real') but it's true that it lacks sth as an album.

Gigolo Grasiento (baaderonixx), Wednesday, 29 July 2009 09:09 (eleven years ago) link

the grooves on maxinquaye seem a bit ramshackle compared to PMT. everything seems more fuller and better developed on PMT. i dont mind the rage. agree with lex, it had a focus and wasnt just for its own sake. i dont know if i still have it on tape but there was a concert c4 showed around the time of pmt that was amazing.

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Wednesday, 29 July 2009 09:10 (eleven years ago) link

there's quite a lot of shit on PMT too (tho) - can't remember exactly what b/c for the past decade i've only cherrypicked the tracks i like off it

could never decide whether its cover was great or hideous, either

lex pretend, Wednesday, 29 July 2009 09:14 (eleven years ago) link

it took me a really long time to notice what he did there on the cover - when I did it went from great to hideous

Gigolo Grasiento (baaderonixx), Wednesday, 29 July 2009 09:18 (eleven years ago) link

same here. but this is worse -

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Wednesday, 29 July 2009 09:22 (eleven years ago) link

this is so not a contest

unban dictionary (blueski), Wednesday, 29 July 2009 11:01 (eleven years ago) link

Maxinquay>>Nearly God>Angels with Dirty Faces>>>>>>>>>PMT>>>>>>> the rest.

jed_, Wednesday, 29 July 2009 11:21 (eleven years ago) link

Maxinquaye, but "Poems," the Alison Moyet tune, "For Real," and "She Said" are all brilliant.

Heric E. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 29 July 2009 11:47 (eleven years ago) link

Just listening to Bad Dream now. The way Martina says "What can I say? I was having a fucked up day" in this completely callous, dead-eyed way - wow.

wow yes. just going back to it now and this is incredible.

this is also the perfect album for being ill to.

lex pretend, Wednesday, 29 July 2009 11:54 (eleven years ago) link

PMT for me without question. Not only is it more focused than Maxinquaye, it's also more consistent - all the songs sound like part of one album. The only track I still listen to off Maxinquaye is "Hell is Around the Corner." Never liked Angels with Dirty Faces, never heard Nearly God, and everything since Juxtapose (which is funny in a pissed-off-nerd-hits-the-strip-club kind of way) has been crap. Knowle West Boy was one of the worst albums of last year.

unperson, Wednesday, 29 July 2009 12:42 (eleven years ago) link

first inclination was maxinquaye but i haven't heard PMT in a long time, seems to me tho right now to be the more interesting one. need to give it a listen. i remember tho there are some incredible tracks on PMT

mark cl, Wednesday, 29 July 2009 12:47 (eleven years ago) link

PMT falls apart in its second half, despite the ace Eric B & Rakim cover. Otherwise the Vent-Christiansands-Tricky Kid-Bad Dream-Makes Me Wanna Die whammy is the best music of his career.

Heric E. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 29 July 2009 12:53 (eleven years ago) link

I agree with Alfred; this was a cd I got used to programming in my own sequence. I vote for PMT anyway, because Maxinquaye seems to me to fall off in the same way, and PMT's first half is stronger.

wide swing juggalo (Euler), Wednesday, 29 July 2009 13:01 (eleven years ago) link

just relistened to PMT for the first time in ages and it's really just the middle that falls apart - the dodgy sex drive/bad things section. it closes strongly, 'piano' is kinda beautiful esp after the claustrophobia which has preceded it.

lex pretend, Wednesday, 29 July 2009 13:04 (eleven years ago) link

I can't imagine NOT voting for Maxinquaye. PMT and Nearly God are great but COME ON.

Four-TEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEN! (HI DERE), Wednesday, 29 July 2009 13:04 (eleven years ago) link

Point taken about the swampy vibe of AWDF, but, boy, is that album a drag. Juxtapose's "For Real" condenses forty minutes of experiments into one giant guitar and sitar hook.

Heric E. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 29 July 2009 13:05 (eleven years ago) link


Gigolo Grasiento (baaderonixx), Wednesday, 29 July 2009 13:24 (eleven years ago) link

maxinquaye, probably just cuz it's the first. pmt is tougher and more focused, but i like the haziness of maxinquaye. love them both, tho.

flying squid attack (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 29 July 2009 13:37 (eleven years ago) link

If this poll renders any answer other than Maxinquaye, I'm afraid I'm going to have to call the fearsome Logic Gestapo to come and execute everyone responsible.

Alex in NYC, Wednesday, 29 July 2009 13:39 (eleven years ago) link

The Japanese vinyl edition of Maxinquaye has a cover of Heart's "Alone," Alex! Did you know?

Heric E. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 29 July 2009 13:41 (eleven years ago) link


Alex in NYC, Wednesday, 29 July 2009 13:42 (eleven years ago) link


Beanbag the Gardener (WmC), Wednesday, 29 July 2009 13:45 (eleven years ago) link

PMT = just the right mix of ominous agitation & pop sense/groove/accessibility

ex-juggalist (Pillbox), Wednesday, 29 July 2009 22:47 (eleven years ago) link

"'piano' is kinda beautiful esp after the claustrophobia which has preceded it."

best track on the album by some distance.

jed_, Wednesday, 29 July 2009 22:53 (eleven years ago) link

Sympathetic to all the pro PMT/Nearly God arguments here, but reluctantly gotta say Maxinquaye. Less for the (yes, fantastic) singles and more for the amazing tracks buried near the end of the album - "You Don't" and "Feed Me".

Tim F, Thursday, 30 July 2009 00:16 (eleven years ago) link

listened to pmt again last night. its still the best one. maxinquaye i think people will go for as its more 'important', the 'first', and reps a certain era more than pmt, but trickys production got a lot better after his debut. pmts thicker/'phatter'/funkier and like someone said upthread, more consistent and cohesive as an album. maxinquaye has dated a bit more too. the only track i dont like too much on pmt is makes me wanna die just cos theres times where it feels like the vocals are slightly out of key.

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Thursday, 30 July 2009 10:48 (eleven years ago) link

according to wikipedia, max went to no 3 in the uk charts, but pmt only got to 30. angels and juxtapose both went higher!

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Thursday, 30 July 2009 10:49 (eleven years ago) link

I think I like PMT best because it has the same ugly vibe as There's a Riot Goin' On.

Beanbag the Gardener (WmC), Thursday, 30 July 2009 13:47 (eleven years ago) link

no qualms whatsoever with Maxinquaye production. practically perfect (murky samples and all).

unban dictionary (blueski), Thursday, 30 July 2009 13:59 (eleven years ago) link

I am voting Maxinquaye almost solely because "Overcome" is my favorite Tricky song by a ludicrously wide margin.

Four-TEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEN! (HI DERE), Thursday, 30 July 2009 14:15 (eleven years ago) link

pmts just denser overall, which i tend to like in any album.

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Thursday, 30 July 2009 14:36 (eleven years ago) link

Ooh, haven't heard this in years:

I really really miss the tapes I used to have of a couple of Tricky shows from early 97. They're the only 2 tapes I miss out of the 1000s I had, and I've never seen the recordings online anywhere. Full of stuff like this, anyway.

toby, Friday, 7 August 2009 00:12 (eleven years ago) link

For some reason Maxinquaye has never clicked for me but the Vent-Christiansands-Tricky Kid-Bad Dream-Makes Me Wanna Die whammy is the best music of his career rings totally true for me

da croupier, Friday, 7 August 2009 00:14 (eleven years ago) link

Thanks to this poll, I've got "For Real" on my iPod. Tricky is the only guy whose wow-I'm-famous ruminations totally fascinate me.

Anatomy of a Morbius (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 7 August 2009 00:20 (eleven years ago) link

Another PMT vote here. I like Maxinquaye OK, and the cover of Cold Steel was the track that got me to pay attention to Tricky. But I started listening to him after PMT had come out, so I didn't experience Maxinquaye as something unprecedented, and emotionally for me PMT was the more compelling album, even if it has a drowsy stretch in the second half (as many have noticed). Now that Tricky is irrelevant, PMT is the only one I ever listen to. Yes, the first five track sequence is amazing, as is Piano.

There are parts of Vulnerable that I really like, too. As a whole, it's boring, but there was a great EP buried in there.

Vornado, Friday, 7 August 2009 17:28 (eleven years ago) link

This thread is very comforting. I thought I was the only person in the world who never got why Maxinquaye was so much better than PMT.

The PMT cover art is truly horrendous.

Vornado, Friday, 7 August 2009 17:33 (eleven years ago) link

its nice if you dont actually look at it carefully which is what i did for years.

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Friday, 7 August 2009 17:36 (eleven years ago) link

nice to see so many pmt fans though. does anyone remember the channel 4 docu on tricky? i used to have on audio tape several live tracks from there (i think, though that might have been another concert show on tv, not sure now) that were superb. he made the studio-live transition so well.

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Friday, 7 August 2009 17:38 (eleven years ago) link

Don't know about Channel 4, but the first time I heard Tricky it was a "Sessions on 54th Street" (?) show on PBS. Tricky, Martine, and band, around the time Pre-Millenium Tension came out. On a double bill with Ani Difranco. They did Cold Steel, Christiansands, and I don't remember what else, but I was transfixed. I spent several years chasing trip-hop before that enthusiasm ran out.

Vornado, Friday, 7 August 2009 18:34 (eleven years ago) link

I select Maxinquaye partially because I bought it the week it came out due to me loving Tricky on Massive Attack's first album (for some reason, I hadn't heard Protection; probably I was annoyed that Shara Nelson didn't sing everything on it and pointedly ignored it). Hearing "Overcome" for the first time completely blind to "Karmacoma" was an absolutely flooring experience; I knew the song had to be a reinterpretation of shared lyrics but I really wasn't expecting the raw sexual power of that beat. To this day, I think that is one of the lustiest, most carnal songs I own (and I do think "Karmacoma" sounds kind of fussy and silly in comparison).

When the rest of the album continued to get better and better, I was completely hooked. Pre-Millenium Tension is a great album but came nowhere near the impact of Maxinquaye (or Nearly God) on me.

I am over wieght and I have angelical quilities (HI DERE), Friday, 7 August 2009 18:42 (eleven years ago) link

Here's a couple of those West 54th performances mentioned upthread:

Moka, Friday, 7 August 2009 18:46 (eleven years ago) link

if anyone has that shepherds bush concert from 1997 (i googled and apparently it was shown right after the docu) i would be most grateful.

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Friday, 7 August 2009 19:31 (eleven years ago) link

Anyone care to explain me what the chorus of Christiansands means? I get the rest of the song is breaking down a relationship but I have never been able to make sense of the chorus within the context of the song.

Moka, Friday, 7 August 2009 19:46 (eleven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 27 August 2009 23:01 (eleven years ago) link

I think I like PMT best because it has the same ugly vibe as There's a Riot Goin' On.

I didn't know about that, is there an uglier vibe than "Nearly God?"

It's an ugly (but very great) drug album.

kwhitehead, Friday, 28 August 2009 01:32 (eleven years ago) link

damn guys this was a good poll!!!!!!!! i never really thought about exactly how much aaamazing stuff peak-tricky put out. like, pmt and maxinquaye are two masterpieces released in consecutive years.

anyways, i just realized today that i prefer pmt. i like its pop sensibility; it's like the nasty vibe of maxinquaye got refined just that little bit. imo nothing on maxinquaye hits the highs of christiansands or makes me wanna die - two basically perfect songs. maxinquaye is almost like the tricky blueprint maybe? like, it all sounds very new, whereas pmt sounds more confident, i think cuz he's trod that turf before.

but man, the tracks at the end of maxinquaye are sneaky good!

p.s. i always thought blowback was underrated. some of the singles, esp the alanis morrisette one (lol) are good!!

oneohtrix point zero (fennel cartwright), Friday, 11 November 2011 10:14 (eight years ago) link

five years pass...

real good

Week of Wonders (Ross), Friday, 3 November 2017 05:32 (two years ago) link

not going to click on that

the late great, Friday, 3 November 2017 05:37 (two years ago) link


Week of Wonders (Ross), Friday, 3 November 2017 05:42 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

Wow, Xgau looooooves Tricky:

Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 28 June 2020 13:35 (three months ago) link

New single sort of veers into hip house territory and I’m liking its vibe.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Sunday, 28 June 2020 20:04 (three months ago) link

Odd how much Xgau rates him kindly. I might use this Sunday to relisten to his full discography. I haven’t paid much attention to his work from the past 20 years or so.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Sunday, 28 June 2020 20:06 (three months ago) link

Nor I – I’ve always found most of what I heard following Maxinquaye to be a mess of blown out vocals and tuneless grooves.

One question ... was Martina’s vocal on “Ponderosa” her putting on a Robert Wyatt thing? The accent and lyrics are totally different here and seem like a direct, if left field, reference.

Naive Teen Idol, Monday, 29 June 2020 05:29 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

Fall to Pieces sounds quite good. I've also barely heard any post-90s Tricky, but revisiting Pre-Millennium Tension earlier this year inspired "there's no way this artist could have stopped making interesting music!" type thoughts, and this one at least is bearing out the idea.

geoffreyess, Monday, 7 September 2020 23:34 (one month ago) link

I've given Pre-Millenial Tension so many chances, because I feel about Maxinquaye the way you feel about PMT. Then again, my problem with PMT is not that it's not interesting, but that it's impenetrable. But I've been thinking about giving it another shot since it's been some years

Vinnie, Monday, 7 September 2020 23:51 (one month ago) link

Nearly God is the one I like the best after Maxinquaye.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 8 September 2020 02:05 (one month ago) link

I think PMT was just in the air at the right time, growing up (sisters played it, well before I was ready for it on my own).

geoffreyess, Tuesday, 8 September 2020 03:05 (one month ago) link

I think PMT has the same problem that Maxinquaye that it feels frontloaded, but where Maxinquaye still has good moments in its second half, PMT falls apart from Ghetto Youth onwards. It has some interesting ideas but they feel very undercooked to me.

However if you take into consideration that Nearly God and PMT were released in 1996 I don’t feel harsh about both records. They’re not perfect but if you take the best cuts from both into perhaps a 10 track album you honestly get an even better album than Maxinquaye

Also I don’t know what’s the story behind it but the Weekend Mix of She Makes Me Want to Die is the version I was most familiar from and the one I like the best. No idea if it was an official remix, it seems it’s not but I remember it was more popular than the actual album one. I might be misremembering but I think even the music video that they played on mtv had the remix? Last time
I checked on youtube the remix has more views than the original one.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 8 September 2020 03:44 (one month ago) link

I was the most familiar with*

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 8 September 2020 03:47 (one month ago) link

New one's sorta reminding me of Lisa Germano's No Elephants, another super melancholy album that benefits from somewhat counterintuitive sequencing.

geoffreyess, Tuesday, 8 September 2020 04:33 (one month ago) link

Might as well play god and choose the 10 songs I’d use to make a better 1996 Tricky album:

Tricky Kid
Bad Dreams
Makes me Wanna Die
Together Now
I Be The Prophet
Black Coffee
I Sing For You

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 8 September 2020 05:25 (one month ago) link

New album is interesting... a bit all over the place as usual - I agree the counterintuitive sequencing works - and half of it doesn’t have that trademark Tricky sound - not necessarily a bad thing - but it also has some of the best work he has done in years. It sounds like he actually cared about this one and put in the extra time and work before releasing it.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 8 September 2020 05:44 (one month ago) link

xpost LOL at just replacing the second half of PMT with Nearly God tracks but that is consistent with my recollection of PMT.

Tim F, Tuesday, 8 September 2020 06:17 (one month ago) link

I think I'll give Moka's tracklist a shot - never listened to Nearly God anyhow

Vinnie, Tuesday, 8 September 2020 11:32 (one month ago) link

Nearly God >> PMT

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 8 September 2020 12:17 (one month ago) link

PMT >> Nearly God >> Maxinquay.

Excited to hear the new one.

Monte Scampino (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 8 September 2020 12:40 (one month ago) link

Maxinquaye is all-time for me, but I've never managed to get into his subsequent material. I doubt I've tried hard enough, though.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 8 September 2020 12:59 (one month ago) link

PMT was definitely his peak (and the live show, performed in near-total darkness, was stunning). I love that record and nothing he's done since has come close.

I've never heard Nearly God and it's not on Spotify in the US.

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 8 September 2020 13:21 (one month ago) link

I felt at the time that PMT=Nearly God, sort of like two sides of the same coin (a la Achtung and Zooropa, or Laid and Wah Wah). I've never been able to figure out how he could come out of the gate so strong, with three awesome records, and then just sort of ... deflate.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 8 September 2020 13:24 (one month ago) link

Love PMT, and feel like it's an unrecognised stylistic godfather of the melancholy/dark/emo hip-hop that has come out in recent years.

Tricky Kid one of my favourite 90s tracks by anyone, and one of the most convincing conjurings of the experience of drug-induced paranoia, with those repeated lyrics, overlapping vocals and constant brooding menace.

Agree it does sag in the second half, mainly because Side 1 is so jaw-dropping and impossible to adequately follow. Might have worked better as an EP. Wish there was an official release of the near-darkness live show from that era, would love to watch that.

Uncle Boomer Who Can Recall His Past Wives (Adept), Tuesday, 8 September 2020 13:33 (one month ago) link

Nearly God is one of those albums I would like a lot more in isolation but it's so connected to PMT for me that it sometimes feels like an unnecessary coda with the exception of "Tattoo", which is the aural equivalent of being stuffed into a small box and slowly suffocated with a pillow (to be clear, I fucking love it)

shout-out to his family (DJP), Tuesday, 8 September 2020 13:47 (one month ago) link

There's only the narrowest gap between them but I love them pretty much in the order that I first heard them: PMT > Nearly God > Maxinquaye. PMT was more-or-less a blind buy (I'd read the hype for Maxinquaye but otherwise had only heard some of the tracks he'd produced) so it blew my brain all the way out of my ass.

Don't be such an idot. (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 8 September 2020 13:54 (one month ago) link

You know, I'm positive I saw Tricky on the PMT tour, but I don't recall it being that visually impressive, let alone performed in near darkness. Vs., say, the Fever Ray tour that was performed in a dark, smoke-filled room with the group in bizarre costumes that you could barely make out in the murk. Now *that* was memorable. Here's a cool clip from what was probably the show I saw:

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 8 September 2020 13:59 (one month ago) link

Nearly God is a strange one for me, I think it’s the Tricky album I’ve heard the most. It’s probably his most consistent record and pretty much every song works for me, but at the same time it’s kind of a drab to listen to if you’re not in the mood for it. There’s a lot of 5/6+ minute songs and it’s more often than not like a an aural bad trip.

In low doses or if you’re in the mood for it, I think it contains some of his songs with the most replay value (poems in particular is imho a top 10 song of his) and it is interesting if only because it creates and explores what could have been a new sort of avant-garde path for trip-hop.

I don’t know if hearing it for the first time in 2020 changes the perception of it. Here’s that playing god tracklist I posted upthread:

Think of it a small sampler since it’s missing the Siouxsie cover and the Bjork tracks which are worth the listen. It’s under Nearly God not Tricky on spotify maybe that’s why you can’t find it in the US? The Ruff Guide / best of compilation has an edit of Poems, I Be The Prophet and Bubbles off of Nearly God.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 8 September 2020 15:34 (one month ago) link

love the trance rock of him live in the late 90s. The Shepherd's Bush performance which was broadcast on Channel 4 sometime back then is awesome. Tricky looking pretty much possessed at times.
want some more of that stuff.

His trance rock verges on krauty stuff in places. I like it muchly.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 8 September 2020 15:38 (one month ago) link

I like Nearly God a lot too.

I haven't really paid a lot of attention to Tricky post-PMT. I didn't like Angels With Dirty Faces much and I think I stopped after that. then Knowle West Boy got some good reviews and I checked that out at the time and liked it but apart from that I don't think I've heard anything.

CP Radio Gorgeous (Colonel Poo), Tuesday, 8 September 2020 16:03 (one month ago) link

(Hey CP I ilxmailed you so shout if that doesn’t work.).

Tim, Wednesday, 9 September 2020 17:11 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

Filling in some gaps. Loving PMT (esp 2nd half). Onto Nearly God.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 20:09 (one week ago) link

Do report. I've been meaning to do the same.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 20:10 (one week ago) link

Everything up to and including PMT seemed unimpeachable then came Angels with dirty faces and the DMX album

Boring, Maryland, Wednesday, 14 October 2020 00:01 (six days ago) link

Nearly God's oppressive whispering sound is fairly prescient of the whole ASMR/electronic pop sound used today.

earlnash, Wednesday, 14 October 2020 00:41 (six days ago) link

Not at all his best but Juxtapose has "For Real" and "Contradictive," which I'd include in any list of his best tracks.

Patriotic Goiter (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 00:43 (six days ago) link

I did go back and listen to PMT again and it's much better than I remember. The second half is still a bit puzzling, but in a way that makes me want to listen more. First half is on the level of Maxinquaye

Vinnie, Wednesday, 14 October 2020 02:11 (six days ago) link

I’m repeating myself but “Nearly God” has “Poems” which might just be the best track Tricky has ever made.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 04:17 (six days ago) link

Yeah that's really great. It is a particular mood as you seem to be saying Moka (I'm appreciating it as the days get darker earlier). There is almost no drop-off from Maxinquaye at all on these records and I'm struggling to think of a British artist who put out this much great-to-good music in such a short period. Maybe Aphex when he was churning them out.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 14 October 2020 09:41 (six days ago) link

*in the 90s anyway..

This was a good review of his recently released autobiog..

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 14 October 2020 09:44 (six days ago) link

I'm ready to dive back in his previous albums too, on the back of the new one, which is great in an understated kind of way.

Ty for that link alphie.

Ilxor in the streets, Scampo in the sheets (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 09:45 (six days ago) link

Just found out about this sort of prose poem David Bowie wrote in 1995 for Q magazine about Tricky.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 10:14 (six days ago) link

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 10:14 (six days ago) link

Nearly God his must fully realized project imo

Patriotic Goiter (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 10:28 (six days ago) link

Apparently he has a full chapter of him and bowie in his book, I might need to buy it.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 10:46 (six days ago) link

Apparently he has a full chapter of him and bowie in his book, I might need to buy and read that one.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 10:48 (six days ago) link

have never once heard someone say "i'm loving PMT, especially the second half." haha. maybe i too should give it a relisten.

andrew m., Wednesday, 14 October 2020 13:43 (six days ago) link

The first half of Angels With Dirty Faces is pretty good too, but boy, does that drop off. He really should've kept some of Maxinquaye back for the latter albums.

fetter, Wednesday, 14 October 2020 14:25 (six days ago) link

Started reading the book, it’s a pretty interesting read so far. Tricky comes off as a very tragic figure, starting right off with his mother’s suicide.

He comes off as unnecessarily feisty in some situations and also a bit of a narcissist, but he’s also pretty self-aware about his music and knows his discography is filled with dead ends and experimental failures.

I’m only 1/5 in but would definitely recommend for fans of Tricky and the music industry in the 90s.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 17:22 (six days ago) link

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