|Angels With Dirty Faces
before his exceptional debut 'Maxinquaye,' Tricky had the devout
following his every move due in part to his work for Massive Attack.
Unfortunately, ever since 'Maxinquaye,' the rest of us have listened to
release after release and continued to ask, 'What the hell is he
doing?' For some reason or another his music has degenerated into an
almost rhythmless experience. Don't get me wrong, there are a couple of
notable exceptions on this album, "Mellow," and the duet with P.J.
Harvey "Broken Homes" among them, but the fact is, something is going
on here I just don't get. Throughout this album Tricky is trying
something, something almost unintelligible and something virtually
The worst part about this album, which is recorded and mixed well,
is that it leaves you wondering what might have been. You end up with
the feeling that if you could only glimpse part of the picture he's
painting, even the smallest fragment of the meaning to his message, you
could eventually grasp the deeper meaning. You could, perhaps, begin to
see the light. Yet, for one reason or another, within 'Angels' that
just never seems to happen.