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2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly, a one-track album, 18 Jan. 2007
This review is from: Blue Lines (Audio CD)
The outright winner here is "Unfinished Sympathy", a thing of beauty so superbly crafted and utterly satisfying that, ironically, it makes all the remaining tracks on this album sound dull. Bedazzled and blinded by genius, or just plain ripped off? Whatever the truth is, I'll be inclined to download that one track and spare myself the cost of the album.
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Initial post: 24 Jun 2008 22:48:39 BDT
Undeniably "Unfinished Sympathy" is THE stand-out track. It would be on any album in my opinion. But the rest is worth a listen. Some tracks have aged better than others and Tricky has gone onto better things, particularly Maxinquaye, but if you want to understand where one of the best songs of the 90s (and all time in my opinion) came from, then this is where to start.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2011 20:43:25 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Oct 2011 20:43:49 BDT
Blackmale says:
Yeah I know I am about 90 years too late... however.
I arrived at this album because I just did NOT get it first time around. Did maturity change my opinion. I agree largely with the review. While there is clearly some creative genius on show within, I still fail to share the view that this was a landmark album standing head and shoulders above its peer group.
Videos were challenging and certainly made their mark in the era you could do so before the pre-eminence of MTV and its siblings. Despite its experimentation , when I look back at vast pile of albums I have collected from the same period of all styles and artists this has limited appeal. I will heartily agree there is not a great deal wrong with it but ultimatley for me it is a triumph of hype over substance.
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