on 24 January 2000
I loved Tricky's post-Massive Attack debut, "Maxinquaye", but found that his next couple of albums (Nearly God, Pre-Millennium Tension and Angels With Dirty Faces) not nearly as good. Each one had the odd good track, but was mostly average, retreading the same ground but less effectively. However, Juxtapose finds Tricky in a slightly more melodic (cheerful?) and interesting mood, and it's as close to mainstream as he's likely to get. It's a refreshing breath after the claustrophobic raving of PMT and AWDF, and certain tracks, particularly "For Real", "Scrappy Love" and "Bom Bom Diggy" are among his best. His collaborations with Mad Dog and others fill out the sound better than the "Nearly God" experiment, although the highly pornographic "I Like the Girls" is perhaps too shocking for even the most broad-minded listener. If you've never heard Tricky before, then Maxinquaye is still unmissable, but Juxtapose rolls in a comfortable second best.
on 1 March 2000
As usual a mixed up bag of tracks which is still experimental yet easier going and more accessable than recent offerings. If this is what Angels with Dirty Faces and Pre-Millenium Tension were building up to, long may it continue. Whilst all the tracks on Juxtapose are not classics (in the sense of Black Steel or Hell Is Round The Corner) they are all well crafted with a variety of styles being explored yet all within the confines of Tricky's form of expression. Juxtapose is well worth checking out the only real downside being the shortness of the album.
on 30 December 2000
The prospect of DJ Muggs and Tricky on the same record is mouth-watering. For Real, Contradictive and Hot Like A Sauna really deliver, they are fantastic, spooky songs for different reasons. Bom Bom Diggy and the hilarious I Like The Girls are also good. But the promise behind tracks like Call me, Wash My Soul are never delivered, and they are just by-numbers. The metal re-mix of Hot Like A Sauna is a case in point - it could've been a Prodigy-style classic, instead it's just the same song with a weak metallic riff over the opening bars.
Tricky, why do you tease us so?