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Mixed Race [VINYL]

Tricky Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (27 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B003XD7ED2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 324,025 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Every Day
2. Kingston Logic
3. Early Bird
4. Ghetto Stars
5. Hakim
6. Come to Me
7. Murder Weapon
8. Time to Dance
9. Really Real
10. Bristol to London

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BBC Review

If Mixed Race’s predecessor, 2008’s Knowle West Boy, was the album where Tricky came home, this is very much its sequel: what his creativity does now it’s back in its groove, rather than stuck in a rut.

For that reason, the familiar smoky, dusty beats and siren song vocals of opener Every Day could almost sound like an alarm bell – 2003’s Vulnerable had a similarly promising start, before unravelling – were it not at the same time soothing, reassuring and, most importantly, brief. Surging into the pacing, synth-infused, suffocating Kingston Logic and his lyrical admission that "It’s not a f****** love song" before jamming on the breaks for the slicing jazz trumpet hook of Early Bird creates a disorientating but consistent trio of opening songs.

Unsurprisingly, he’s retained his eye and ear for recruiting disparately impressive collaborators, so it’s the constant gear-shifting over a relatively short period – Mixed Race clocks in at just under half an hour in total, with only two songs topping three minutes – that gives the album its greatest charm. Ghetto Stars and Murder Weapon are unafraid to revisit the low, heavy riffing of his unfairly maligned 2001 ‘rock’ album, Blowback, while Hakim allows the Algerian guitarist it is named after to derail proceedings with its skittering Eastern melodies, Tricky happy to relocate to the background before gliding forward again on the loose, bluesy swagger of Come to Me that follows it.

On the couple of occasions where Mixed Race does appear to look back musically – such as the pulsating, low-tempo Time to Dance – it’s thankfully not a case of him coasting. Much as Knowle West Boy was rightly praised for him opening up and baring internationalist, musical soul rather than looking inward and dwelling on the vagaries of angst and neurosis, this latest chapter is another bold step. Mixed Race doesn’t last long, but it doesn’t waste its words or notes. Dense yet accessible, fleeting but full of memorable moments, Tricky’s done here what he always does at his best: let the listener share the soundtrack of his involving, nomadic, outsider spirit.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A short, sharp jab 29 Sep 2010
Never boring is Tricky. Hard work - perhaps. But there is not one record that doesn't have something that screams perfection. Mixed Race is a collection of 10 short songs. Each one is a musical riff that leaves you wanting more. It's almost anti-Tricky which, in many ways, is very Tricky. On this record Tricky lurks in the background. But this short, sharp jab of a record is refreshing, honest and a great addition to an already great career. Oh, buy the single of Murder Weapon for a really good b-side.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Catchier, not pop-ier 7 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
This may be Tricky's most accessible album to date. To many of his fans, that might seem like a criticism - it's not. It's been a while since an album has knocked me over on the first listen - Mixed Race does that.

Many tracks retain the smoky, dark beats and dangerous, mumbling delivery that are Tricky's trademarks, but there are also faster-tempo and more funky tracks as well.

What took me a little by surprise was the efficiency of the album. You are straight into a song, then out and straight into the next. It is a finely crafted project and not prone to over-elaboration or self-satisfied riffs.

I don't think that Tricky has ever been concerned with anything other than making music that he loves. In the past, there have been times when his brooding introspection and paranoia could alienate listeners. Mixed Race is accessible and enjoyable. It is still edgy and dark. And it is a very fine album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly great, as usual... 1 Oct 2010
By Rob
Format:Audio CD
Fewer tracks running at sorter-then-usual times! I sincerely wish MORE artists would do this. Tricky, as well as pushing the envelope musically, has created a wonderfully concise album of memorable and richly diverse tracks. His efforts in making Mixed Race a snappier, less 'time consuming' record absolutely works a treat. Spot on. No fillers either (rare).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Return to Form 27 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A return to form for Tricky, if you consider the previous albums slightly disappointing. This collection is Tricky back to his enigmatic best. Heavy, breathy vocals played over a wonderfully interesting and diverse soundtrack.
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