Tricky – Slow

trickyslow 150x150 Tricky   SlowWhat I always love about Tricky is that you never really know what he will give you on a record. It will range from the brilliant to the brutal. But, one thing is certain is the guy likes to take chances sometimes. “Slow” is a cover of the hit Kylie Minogue song from a few years back. Now, I understand the point of release it as a single as the song is such a departure from the original it will get a buzz going. But, I still never like a cover song getting a proper single treatment when it always just feels like a b-side. The song takes the track into a dirty, sleezy rock track and with Trickys dark howl it throw you off guard for awhile. I remember when I was first listening to the album and this track came up it sounded so intense and evil that I didn’t think it could possible by the Kylie track. This is Tricky at his best a dark and fierce back beat and a sultry female vocalist backing him will always give him the best sound and results. It is certainly worth a download if you come across it.

By John Siwicki

Tricky – Council Estate

councilestate 150x150 Tricky   Council Estate Tricky was a major player in my musical development many years ago. His first three records “Maxinquaye” “Pre-Millennium Tension” and “Angels With Dirty Faces” will always be special records for myself. Tricky has just not been the same since the turn of the century. His last two records 2001′s “Blowback” and 2003′s “Vulnerable” just were not very good. On “Council Estate” I will give Tricky some credit because trip hop this is not. The track is really short at just two and a half minutes. The song seems to merge some rock and rap elements together. Tricky also sounds really angry here as I thought there was a guest vocalist at first. The song is a little strange lyrically with such lines as “we don’t like school in a week we go once.” The single did its job as I am now very curious to see what Trickys new record will come out like. “Council Estate” just leaves me a little confused.

By John Siwicki

Tricky – Knowle West Boy

trickykwb 200 150x150 Tricky   Knowle West Boy

Can Tricky ever come back to the status he once was back in the 90s? On his eighth album Tricky goes back to his roots and crafts his finest album in a long time. Tricky was a pioneer of the trip-hop movement and his work on the Massive Attack records are legendary. Thats why it was so hard to watch him release mediocre records after another. The record at its core shows a lot of what made us love those early Tricky records so much. A lot of different styles and moods are being presented and a lot of guest vocalist are here.

The album begins with this bluesy somber that is “Puppy Toy.” The track sees Tricky do his best Tom Waits impression but the key of the track is the guest female vocalist he has with him. Tricky’s vocal all by its lonesome can be a hard thing to listen to at times. But, he always sounds his best when he is working with someone else. “Joseph” is this very chilled out and down tempo lullaby “Veronika” sounds like a mix of MIA and Massive Attack. “Council Estate” is the albums first single and in the single review I said that it was a little to stubby for me. But, it has grown on me slightly but it still overall comes out a little to bland and forced. Then on “Coalition” he seems to get the rocky format done a little bit better. The vocals are not that intense but there is a lot of meat in the track. Now, here is where the album throws me off. Tricky covers Kylie’s “Slow.” Now, when I saw this it was an intriguing because how would he pull this off. He duets on the track with a female vocalist and really gives the track a “dirty/dance” feel with the occasional crashing drum sounds. Then “Baligaga” turns out all the reggae we can handle.

“Knowle West Boy” gives you something new to take in at every track. It is really all over the place but it somehow works because Tricky is a unique character. It is by no means anywhere near his 90s output but its refreshing rebirth of such an important man to mine and I am sure many others musical developments.

By John Siwicki