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The Ghost Of Maxinquaye,
This review is from: False Idols (Audio CD)
Even though a few of Tricky's albums have been somewhat mediocre I have still bought everything
he has released. I always find something I like on them, an odd spark of genius, even if it's
just a song or three. Like the brilliant "Broken Homes from "Angels With Dirty Faces", "Every Day",
"Early Bird" and "Murder Weapon" from "Mixed Race", the voodoo funk of "Anti Histamine"(From the
"Broken Homes" single), "Smoking Beagles"(collaboration with Sub Sub)and the sad, hypnotic groove
of "Poems" from "Nearly God", an immensely beautiful song.
He will never top "Maxinquaye", an absolute classic and one of very few trip-hop albums that will
be remembered as original, influential and deeply affecting. Maybe it's a bit unfair to compare
everything he has done since 95 to the incredible sounds of his first album, but "Maxinquaye"
set the standard, a potent blend of social commentary, paranoia, melancholy and sexual tension.
The follow up, "Pre-Millennium Tension" is the closest he has come. There are quite a few great
songs on it, especially "Christiansands" and "Makes Me Wanna Die. It's also his darkest, most
claustrophobic album, and will be too weird for some.
"False idols" is one of his most even albums and is a welcome return to form. It has few real flaws,
but it's still somewhat of a frustrating listen. It contains A LOT of good songs, but I think it lacks
the standout songs that stand comparison to his best work, and the production, spare and elegant as it
is, is a little too unruffled and repetitive to make a lasting impression. I see there have been quite
a few 5 star reviews for "False idols" and I have a lot of affection for Tricky, but to say it's just
as good as "Maxinquaye" is a sentiment I don't understand. Only if you prefer trip-hop with smoother,
less inventive beats than those on "Maxinquaye".
Best songs: Nothing Matters, Bonnie & Clyde, Nothing's changed(A reworking of Makes Me Wanna Die),
Valentine and If Only I Knew.