At last, Tricky fulfills the potential his early work showed, and regains the explosive dominant form he displayed with Maxinquaye. After losing his way and suffering at the hands of the critics, with Pre-millenium tension, BLOWBACK shows that not only does Tricky still know how to put a tune together, he can fuse just about any influence, and come out with dark, powerful melodies that remain with you hours after listening.
Excess, the opening track, throws country riffs into the melting pot, along with a dark bassline and cleverly syncopated vocals (a theme which occurs throughout the album) to produce something reminiscent of an evil Primal Scream.
Evolution, Revolution, Love, which follows, has echoes of early Massive Attack, but Tricky has clearly evolved from those days. With a haunting hook, thumping bouncing bassline and superb production, this song alone makes the album worth buying.
Without wishing to list the tracks one by one let me say that there are no poor songs to be found on the album, it has been well thought out, and doesn't disappoint die-hard Tricky fans, but will have something to offer anyone with even a vague knowledge of the Trip Hop genre. Tricky has taken his sound further than his previous efforts, while holding on to his distinctive sound, and produced and album worthy of pride of place in any collection. At least until someone tops it, which could take some time.