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Tricky
Blowback
Hollywood Records


It seems Tricky is experiencing a rebirth of self and career. His new album, Blowback is evidence that most of the turmoil within his own life has been laid to rest. His previous work was full of gritty and disturbing tales of urban life that were no doubt seductive and entertaining but angry, dangerous and paranoid as well. He has stepped out side the darkeness of his own life in recent times. The communication barriers have been opened up, he has switched records labels, has built a new staff, reunited with his father, and made it through the diagnosis of a rare illness than almost drove him to insanity.

Since the beginning, Tricky has kept listeners on their toes and generated new mutations of his sound with each release. You never known what to expect from him. If you haven't heard already, this is Tricky's pop album. For the most part, he has stripped the dirt and distorted beats from his music and replacing it with a 'cleaner' production sound. No worries, he hasen't gone "happy guy" on us, the dark moments are still there but more on a level that we can all relate to. He is still blending various musical styles, this time even rock (Listen for the ever bizarre version of Nirvana's "Something In The Way.") into something all his own.

All critiques aside, this album is wonderfully intense despite being his 'pop' effort and the writing holds the same ferocity and non-traditional structure of his previous efforts. Tricky has always been able to bring in his guest artists and transform their emotions to his liking. Look at the guests for this one, Ed Kowalczyk from Live, Anthony Keidis, John Fusciante and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alanis Morisette, and Cyndi Lauper. Needless to say I thought Tricky was off his rocker but he made it work just like he always does. Besides Tricky himself, the vocalists that really make the album what it is are the dancehall star Hawkman and beautiful Ambersunshower whose unique presence throughout the album complement Tricky's music to no end.

It's refreshing to see that Tricky is on a new path (though the dark tunes were great) and continues to make great music no matter what the circumstance. Like all of his albums, and like few others in the world, Blowback is one an album that really must be heard to understand.

- Justin Hardison

Track Listing:

1. Excess (feat. Alanis Morisette)
2. Evolution Revolution Love (feat. Ed Kowalczyk and Hawkman)
3. Over Me (feat. Ambersunshower nad Hawkman)
4. Girls (feat. Anthony Kiedis and John Frusciante)
5. You Don't Wanna (feat. Ambersunshower)
6. Wonder Woman (feat. John Fruscuante and Flea)
7. Your Name (feat. Ambersunshower)
8. Diss Never (Dig Up We History) (feat. Hawkman)
9. Bury The Evidence (feat. Hawkman)
10. Something in the Way (feat Hawkman)
11. Five Days (feat. Cyndi Lauper)
12. Give It To 'Em (feat. Hawkman)
13. A Song for Yukiko

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