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4.0 out of 5 stars
Another great and typically, uncliched Tricky Album, 6 Jan. 2003
The first thing I do with all of Tricky's records is buy it, then, wait until it is bed-time, turn out the lights, get into bed, put on my oversized headphones and press play. The ambience, from the sparse lighting of hifi LEDs, to the green and red glows on the wall, give the right backdrop everytime.
Now to the main presentation, 'Blowback' Tricky's sixth or seventh album (depending on whether you have heard Nearly God), as usual never ceases to amaze and enigmatise the aura that surrounds the Bristolian Artist.
Tricky never lets you down, when it comes to originality, vision and clarity of expression, as we can see here with yet again another colourful, texturised, hauntingly beautiful and funked up soundscape. Although this may not rate as his best work, it is still great as we can see with funky grinders such as 'Girls' and Wonder woman theme '#1 Da Woman', with collaborations from RHCP members.
There is also the more slower, classic and downbeat Tricky later on in the album along with a cover of Nirvana's 'Something in the Way', cello and all, along with Hawkman providing some unique vocals for the track. Tricky's other new protege comes in the form of Ambersunshower, who brings to the table that delicacy and honey like texture that Martina Hopley Bird brough in earlier albums (may I remind you that MHB is working on her own solo album, as yet unreleased but watch this space).
Adrian Thaws also brings in guest vocal appearances from unsuspecting collaborators, which this time turns out to be Cyndi Lauper and Alanis Morrissette.
To conclude this review, no review will ever answer the question..."I wonder what Tricky's new albums like?" simply because this is an artist who knows no genre, who knows no boundaries, just how to push his own walls further apart. Go out an buy it. It may not be what you expect, but when is anything really what you expect???