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Knowle West Boy [VINYL]

Tricky Vinyl
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Vinyl (9 Sep 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Domino
  • ASIN: B001CVCB1C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,229,912 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.0 out of 5 stars 'Remember boy, you're a superstar' 2 July 2008
Format:Audio CD
There's a bit of a Bristol revival at the moment what with Massive Attack curating this year's Meltdown festival and new albums from Portishead and Tricky's first muse Martina Topley-Bird. Adrian Thaws to give him his proper name, a leading light of the nineties 'trip-hop' scene, has struggled to reach the heights of his début Maxinquaye with subsequent releases, and whilst he doesn't quite manage it with his latest either it is certainly his strongest material since then. He's enlisted plenty of support along the way and the album has an eclectic mix of sounds but most gratifying to hear, from one who potentially could have disappeared into an apathetic haze of spliff smoke, is some real creative energy being thrown at things.

Nowhere is this energy more prevalent than on the first single Council Estate about which Tricky said 'Council Estate is just me... that song is the upbringing me and friends had. It's the first single I've ever done with just me on vocals. I couldn't whisper that song. I had to come out of myself and do a loud, screaming vocal. I wanted to be a proper front man on that one.' And boy, is he. It's a furious number, just over two and half minutes of competing sounds but with humour in its refrain of 'Remember boy, you're a superstar'. The next track Past Mistake is fantastic, very reminiscent of his past glories with a gorgeous female vocal from Lubua (an ex-girlfriend). She also features on the album closer School Gates which tells the (true) story of a teenage pregnancy and is another highlight. Puppy Toy is a bluesy bar room brawler.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I have been an avid follower of Tricky since Maxinquaye, which most people deem his finest moment. Although I do think Maxinquaye is a great album I really feel Tricky began maturing with Blowback and Vulnerable, he has been finding his feet and losing that hit and miss approach, creating an instantly recognisable 'Tricky' sound, and at the same time sticking two fingers up to those that wanted Maxinquaye MKII.

This album see Tricky creating more disjointed beats and bleeps, low growls and sweet females, mixing political rants (Coalition) against long forgotten teenage angst (School Gates).

I know every release is touted as a return to form but this album is truly the strongest material he has ever released, its not easy listening and those wanting Bristolian coffee table trip hop should go elsewhere. Its Tricky and Tricky only.

He even provides another slightly odd cover, this time Kylie Minogues 'Slow'

If you dont believe me try Coalition and Cross To Bear... wonderful...
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5.0 out of 5 stars What do you expect? 25 July 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is classic Tricky - forget trip-hop, portishead, MA blah blah blah labels - if you find some connection with Tricky's previous material, for whatever reason, you'll enjoy listening to this latest offering.
Personally, I hope Tricky will continue to produce material like this, which has his trademark sound all over it.
Another reviewer commented 'same old previously trodden path' - well, yeah - but the path is long and hopefully there's plenty more miles to walk.
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By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Few artists can manage to make music that veers from maverick left field commerciality to the outer limits of miscreant self indulgence. While he's to be applauded in theory for the latter the results have usually made me want to clap my hands over my ears rather than bring them together in appreciation. Thankfully Knowles West Boy( named after the area in Bristol where he grew up ) his first album for five years see's Tricky return in many ways to the more mercantile material of his seminal debut Maxinquaye.
Not that this album can be classed as the trip -hop of that in some ways millstone of an album. Knowles West Boy covers ragga - "Baligaga" and "Bacative" with Rodigan on vocals, Grinderman type sweaty rock with "C, Mon Baby" , a curious and fascinating folk/country , urban opera hybrid with "School Gates" while opening track "Puppy Toy" is a playful piano led duet with Alex Mills alternating between Lily Allen style observations and Christina Aguilera vocal pyrotechnics.s .
Other guest vocalists see ex-girlfriend Lubna on "Past Mistake "- the song that most easily invokes his past -with widescreen keyboards over deliberate percussion and woozy vocals underpinned by Tricky,s mumbling. It's great . So is Veronika with steely vocals by errr Veronika over itchy backing and precise subterranean percussion. "Council Estate" throws a curve ball by starting off like Portisheads "Roads" before turning all urgent and raspy like Renegade Soundwave crossed with "Xtrmntr " period Primal Scream. "Cross To Bear" is a far more delicate number with adroitly picked acoustic notes , scraping strings and a lovely keening vocal from Hafdis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 July 2014
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