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on 6 July 2001
Having never before been able to bear more than five minutes of Tricky's music (that five mins being Black Steel off Maxinquaye) I wasn't really bothered about this being released. Until I was standing in a record shop earlier this week listening to some of the most interesting, challenging and yet instantly accesible sounds I have heard in ages. Going to the counter I was a little disappointed to hear it was the new Tricky album "It can't be Tricky, I hate Tricky".
Anyway, repeated listening on a long train journey to and from Sheffield has confirmed my initial suspicion. Tricky has made a fine album with some exceptional support from a range of vocalists. Hawkman offers a deep, scary growl while Ambersunshower gives her beautiful tones to a couple of tracks lifting them higher than you can hope. Even Cyndi Lauper manages to finally burn her netting skirts and hairbands and prove what she has been begging people to believe for 15 years - she is no novelty act. The only disappointments are the Chilli Peppers style Girls (pointless) and surprisingly the Tricky/Cobain collaboration "Something in the way" which just doesn't quite work.
An interesting, deep yet easily accesible album and one which I am sure towards the end of the year will feature in many best of lists.
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