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  • Audio CD (7 July 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B001914U64
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Knowle West Boy is the album that sums up everything that Tricky has accomplished since his 1995 Maxinquaye debut. From the sardonic bar-room blues of Puppy Toy to the haunting quasi-classicism of Joseph; from the twisted Specials-worshipping punk of Council Estate to the bereft torchery of Past Mistake; from the Roxy Music's The Bogus Man-at-the-dancehall art-stomp of Bacative to the poignant autobiographical tale of teen pregnancy that is School Gates, Knowle West Boy sees our misunderstood hero reaching into the post-punk, Two-Tone, reggae, hip hop and pure pop he grew up adoring, twisting it all into surreal Tricky shapes using his astonishingly accomplished band and a host of great undiscovered singers, and ending up with the most varied and accessible set of his career.

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There's a whole generation who, maybe, got as far as Tricky's third album, Pre-Millenium Tension, and lost the faith. For them Knowle West Boy will actually work as a useful summary of all the places Tricky's been over the last decade. Its diversity defies any useless 'trip hop' tag.

It may be initially disconcerting, but then, that's what Tricky's about. And this album is both a tribute to the district that gave birth to the former Adrian Thaws and also the vast range of music that was his childhood's soundtrack. Knowle West Boy is a beautifully produced glide from sinuous steppers like Cross To Bear (featuring Icelandic singer Hafdis) to the Jamaican dancehall roughness of Bacative or Baligaga. One minute you're chugging along to C'Mon (for once, a rock song that works), the next you're flung into the twilight smokiness of Past Mistake, the post-punkish Far Away or the stop-start electronic stomp filled with retribution, Veronica. It's all handled with aplomb: even his version of Kylie's Slow works, though it doesn't add much to the original.

He'd be the first to admit that he's not a singer - hence the employment of so many (mainly female) cohorts. And ever since debut, Maxinquaye, he's known how to use this to reflect both sides of his persona; mixing his patent growl with vulnerability and sweetness. This is probably why the only truly weak moment here is the political invective of Coalition where, for the first time, he takes to the mic alone.

Much of this is autobiographical: School Gates concerns a girl he got pregnant at 16; while Past Mistake is the chronicle of a disintegrating relationship, actually sung with the person with whom he's breaking up: ex-girlfriend, Lubna. Council Estate, by his own admission, takes its cue from childhood heroes, the Specials, though musically it's more plain rude than rude boy. It's in the lyrics that you find the humorous take on his roots. And make no mistake, Knowle West Boy does contain jokes. After years of fighting shy of a media hellbent on portraying him as a dour specialist in subterranean beats and scowling at cameras it seems that he's finally at peace with his own identity.

The result is an album that dazzles and never disappoints. Despite the Tricky Kid's hatred of the limelight, Knowle West Boy deserves to be huge. --Chris Jones

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There's a bit of a Bristol revival at the moment what with Massive Attack curating this year's Meltdown festival and new albums from Portishead and Tricky's first muse Martina Topley-Bird. Adrian Thaws to give him his proper name, a leading light of the nineties 'trip-hop' scene, has struggled to reach the heights of his début Maxinquaye with subsequent releases, and whilst he doesn't quite manage it with his latest either it is certainly his strongest material since then. He's enlisted plenty of support along the way and the album has an eclectic mix of sounds but most gratifying to hear, from one who potentially could have disappeared into an apathetic haze of spliff smoke, is some real creative energy being thrown at things.

Nowhere is this energy more prevalent than on the first single Council Estate about which Tricky said 'Council Estate is just me... that song is the upbringing me and friends had. It's the first single I've ever done with just me on vocals. I couldn't whisper that song. I had to come out of myself and do a loud, screaming vocal. I wanted to be a proper front man on that one.' And boy, is he. It's a furious number, just over two and half minutes of competing sounds but with humour in its refrain of 'Remember boy, you're a superstar'. The next track Past Mistake is fantastic, very reminiscent of his past glories with a gorgeous female vocal from Lubua (an ex-girlfriend). She also features on the album closer School Gates which tells the (true) story of a teenage pregnancy and is another highlight. Puppy Toy is a bluesy bar room brawler.
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I have been an avid follower of Tricky since Maxinquaye, which most people deem his finest moment. Although I do think Maxinquaye is a great album I really feel Tricky began maturing with Blowback and Vulnerable, he has been finding his feet and losing that hit and miss approach, creating an instantly recognisable 'Tricky' sound, and at the same time sticking two fingers up to those that wanted Maxinquaye MKII.

This album see Tricky creating more disjointed beats and bleeps, low growls and sweet females, mixing political rants (Coalition) against long forgotten teenage angst (School Gates).

I know every release is touted as a return to form but this album is truly the strongest material he has ever released, its not easy listening and those wanting Bristolian coffee table trip hop should go elsewhere. Its Tricky and Tricky only.

He even provides another slightly odd cover, this time Kylie Minogues 'Slow'

If you dont believe me try Coalition and Cross To Bear... wonderful...
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Tricky's eighth studio album "Knowle West Boy" is an ode to Trip-Hop as the album comprises many different styles and influences he has used throughout his solo career. His music has never sounded so creative and inspiring as on this set. His main focus on this album is to draw the listener in to his world and he manages to do just that through these thirteen very varied and dynamic compositions.

"Puppy Toy" has a great chorus and is a very hip sounding track with elements of Blues, Rock and Soul. "Bacative" is much more Ragga influenced and has a stronger Trip-Hop vibe whilst "Joseph" is pure atmospheric Trip-Hop and "Veronika" is much more Electronica influenced. "C'mon Baby" combines elements of Soul and Rock to create quite a raw and intriguing sound which defines Tricky and his collaborators. The lead single "Council Estate" is a very explosive Rock and Rap influenced song with an addictive feel to it. "Past Mistake" is a dark and atmospheric song with disturbing beats and vocals. "Coalition" is another hypnotic track with creative sounds and interesting choices in instrumentation. "Cross To Bear" is the most appealing song for me with haunting vocals and violins layered over a beautiful melody. The very hyper cover of Kylie Minogue's "Slow" is very cool and makes the already very accomplished original version sound very tame indeed. "Baligaga" is another Ragga inspired song with elements of Jazz Funk. "Far Away" has an endearing hypnotic Pop Rock feel to it whilst the final track "School Gates" has a much more acoustic Blues guitar vibe.

"Knowle West Boy" is Tricky's most interesting release to date. The blend of styles and genres on this album combined with the uniqueness and raw talent allow this collection of songs to flow together as a whole. Trip-Hop has never sounded so vibrant and enthusiastic, yet so disturbing and dark - utterly brilliant.
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This is classic Tricky - forget trip-hop, portishead, MA blah blah blah labels - if you find some connection with Tricky's previous material, for whatever reason, you'll enjoy listening to this latest offering.
Personally, I hope Tricky will continue to produce material like this, which has his trademark sound all over it.
Another reviewer commented 'same old previously trodden path' - well, yeah - but the path is long and hopefully there's plenty more miles to walk.
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Few artists can manage to make music that veers from maverick left field commerciality to the outer limits of miscreant self indulgence. While he's to be applauded in theory for the latter the results have usually made me want to clap my hands over my ears rather than bring them together in appreciation. Thankfully Knowles West Boy( named after the area in Bristol where he grew up ) his first album for five years see's Tricky return in many ways to the more mercantile material of his seminal debut Maxinquaye.
Not that this album can be classed as the trip -hop of that in some ways millstone of an album. Knowles West Boy covers ragga - "Baligaga" and "Bacative" with Rodigan on vocals, Grinderman type sweaty rock with "C, Mon Baby" , a curious and fascinating folk/country , urban opera hybrid with "School Gates" while opening track "Puppy Toy" is a playful piano led duet with Alex Mills alternating between Lily Allen style observations and Christina Aguilera vocal pyrotechnics.s .
Other guest vocalists see ex-girlfriend Lubna on "Past Mistake "- the song that most easily invokes his past -with widescreen keyboards over deliberate percussion and woozy vocals underpinned by Tricky,s mumbling. It's great . So is Veronika with steely vocals by errr Veronika over itchy backing and precise subterranean percussion. "Council Estate" throws a curve ball by starting off like Portisheads "Roads" before turning all urgent and raspy like Renegade Soundwave crossed with "Xtrmntr " period Primal Scream.
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