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Tricky - Angels With Dirty Faces Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 June 1998


Angels With Dirty Faces
format: CD
label: Island Records
performance: 5
sound 6
reviewed by: Jason Karsh

ImageEven 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 inaccessible.

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.

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