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on 24 August 2003
Being both a fan of Tricky and Rico's work the prospect of this collaboration had me salivating and as a result I bought this item on faith alone. It's pretty good really, although not quite up to the standards I was hoping for. It sounds pretty much how you might expect the collaboration to sound, which is a shame when I hoped that the two artists' creative energies might have bounced off each other in order to produce something truly spectacular. Unfortunately it's not spectacular, just plain good. "Mixed Up Faces" itself is a slightly darker and smokier version of Rico's normal work with a bit of Tricky's trademark lazy rap style and a catchy rock-out chorus. The B-side "small doses" is a short, slow and paranoia filled song featuring a bit more of Tricky then the A-side and more similar in style to his own darker work. It's interesting but instantly fogettable. The third and final track, "Remixed Up Faces" is, as you may have guessed, a more hip-hop inspired remix of the title track by Tricky collaborators Wayne Nunes and Perry Melius (also a one time member of The Selecter) which is more of a time-filler then a new vision of the original song. Some of the effects used are more comical then effective.
Overall: Not a bad purchase but not as revelatory as I had hoped for.
1. Mixed Up Faces (3:28)
2. small doses (2:17)
3. Remixed Up Faces (2:35)
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