Tricky - Maxinquaye (Vinyl)

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Adrian Thaws (aka Tricky), one of the key components of Massive Attack around the time of their important Blue Lines album, seemed to find more space to explore his fears, loves and neuroses as a solo artist on this, his debut release, which is also something of a classic itself. Whilst the Massive Attack sound is a standard one of dub basses, Tricky gains greater contrast with his smoky vocals by utilising a disjointed, handmade mix of sounds, from hard noise ("Black Steel") to marimba-like plonks ("Ponderosa") and slow-beat joints ("Brand New You're Retro"). Here, alongside vocalist and one-time partner Martina Topley Bird, Tricky is able to maintain a sense of perspective lost in later works--the recording sounds positive and instructive, as if they were happy just to make a good album. Named after his mother, Maxin, who committed suicide when Thaws was six, there is just the right level of paranoia in the claustrophobia of his rhymes, creating a musical document that sounds homespun and satisfying.


The interesting thing about this album for me was when I first bought it I loved the first six tracks and thought they were incredible but the second six did nothing for me. But over the years those tracks have really grown on me and I think its excellent. I guess it was due to the fact that there was so much to take in on the first six songs that my brain just didnt have the energy or patience to take in what was going on afterwards. Everyone remembers the britpop albums from that period but it was really the albums that was labelled under trip hop that were really cutting edge.

By; Yakubu.

A1 Overcome
A2 Ponderosa
A3 Black Steel
A4 Hell Is Round The Corner
A5 Pumpkin
A6 Aftermath
B1 Abbaon Fat Tracks
B2 Brand New You're Retro
B3 Suffocated Love
B4 You Don't
B5 Strugglin'
B6 Feed Me


Record Label:  4th & Broadway / Island
Catalogue No:  677 521-4