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Angels W/Dirty Faces Import


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  • Audio CD (June 2 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000007P6K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

1. Money Greedy
2. Mellow
3. Singing The Blues
4. Broken Homes
5. 6 Minutes
6. Analyze Me
7. The Moment I Feared
8. Talk To Me (Angels With Dirty Faces)
9. Carriage For Two
10. Demise
11. Tear Out My Eyes
12. Record Companies

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Review

...Angels retains the same woozy, hypnotic trance of his earlier work ... but the record also feels more adventurous, rhythmically and musically, than its predecessors. Break beats and rubbery jazz rhythms are woven into the tracks.... Verbally, Tricky mostly indulges in fidgety rants about deadly rap feuds, the media, and the corrupting ways of success. -- Entertainment Weekly

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What's really tricky is following up a debut as innovative and exquisite as 1995's Maxinquaye. Third time out (fourth if you count 1996's perplexing duets project Nearly God) and the artist formerly known as Adrian Thaws is still struggling to find the right balance of ambition and ability on Angels with Dirty Faces. The album has its moments: including a stirring collaboration with Polly Harvey on the bluesy "Broken Homes" and singer Martina Topley-Bird's eerie rendering of Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child" on "Carriage for Two." If you liked the claustrophobic mire of last year's Pre-Millennium Tension, Angels won't disappoint. Otherwise, you may find it a downer. --Aidin Vaziri

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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Format: Audio CD
Tricky's 1998 offering is one of the strongest albums from a very strong music year. Artists were trying to come up with fresh ideas and experimentation, (U2's Pop, PJ Harvey's Is This Desire, Radiohead's Ok Computer, Tori Amos's Choirgirl Hotel, Bjork's Homogenic, Madonna Ray of Light, and UNKLE to name a few) All of these artists (except radiohead and Bjork) have settled into their safety formulas. That's too bad. Music is art, and that is most evident on "Angels". This is also the last album tricky made before he began his pop & rap forays and the last with the haunting vocals of Martina Topley-Bird. The disjointed stutter beat of "Singing the Blues" is beautifully crafted. The uptempo rockers, "Money Greedy," "6 Minutes", Slick Rick cover "The Moment I Feared", and the raggae-calypso flavored "Demise" are all high quality. But the creepy madness of Tricky's production skills really prevail on "Mellow"
"Analyze Me," "Talk To Me," and Carriage For Two."
The duet with PJ Harvey on "Broken Homes," is very pretty.
The only song that doesn't really work for me is the closer "Record Companies." Tricky constantly seems obsessed with the fact that he has a deal. Hey Tricky we all know you have a record deal we bought the album, so give it a rest. It could be one of the reasons Island dropped him after the disappointing Juxtapose that clocked in at just over 30 minutes.
Maxinquaye and Premillenium Tension are also essentials if you appreciate experimental mood productions.
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While critics and most of the fans look up to "Maxinquaye" as Tricky's arguably best record and "Juxtapose" is branded the worst, "Angels With Dirty Faces" is certainly the most inaccessible...Is it true? Yes and no.
Unfortunately, "AWDF" is one of the records to suffer from inconsistency. There's quite a number of songs you aren't likely to withstand but you also face tracks which should never have been released in the first place.
"Money Greedy" is an exciting opener in spite of its depressing lyrics. The guitars are rumbling against Tricky's accusing mutterings when an incredibly relaxed background vocal tune nearly turns the song on its head. This is what I call "Tricky's soulful rage", an attribute he deserves like no other artist. This soulful rage is what makes "Broken Homes" and "Six Minutes" so excellent, adorned with beautiful female vocals by PJ Harvey and Tricky's long-time collaborator Martina Topley Bird.
I resent, however, that this formula isn't used by Tricky on some of the other songs on "AWDF". "The Moment I Feared" is the worst cover he ever released, "Tear Out My Eyes" is just dull, and "Record Companies" displays so much lack of inspiration that it's likely to be the track you'll never listen to in complete.
To the listener's relief, the few unlistenable tracks never come close to dominate this album. One can't deny that Martina saves songs which would have been plain boring, like "Analyze Me" and "Talk To Me", but "Mellow" and "Singing The Blues" are plain brilliant. Which lyrics would suit Tricky better than "She makes me feel like moving" ? That's truly remarkable of the album, you only FEEL like moving. On "Singing The Blues", Martina's doing what she does the best: singing the blues. "Demise" is unbelievably sweet in its melancholy.
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Format: Audio CD
I've never been a big Tricky fan. I've listened/examined his two albums that I have in my vast music library(that would be the critically lauded "Maxinquaye" and this 1998 release). Maybe because his music is too disjointed and un-user friendly? Maybe because it's fueled on arrogant idealism rather than actual arrogant STRUCTURE? Hey, it's ideas!
Anyway, "Angels With Dirty Faces", just has an unshakable studio-created vibe. One that doesn't transcend the boards into any life or other direction. This is clearly and only the work of a drugged studio head. In other words, if you're not under the influence of any illegal drug, then this music will not appeal to you. (Maybe that's what I should do to unscracth the Tricky mystique!).
"AWDF" is self-indulgence, distortion, and the heavy tiring reverbation that's become Mr. Thaws' stock in trade from the Maxinquaye days. Martina Topley-Bird gives a ghostly, wry, British vocal quality to the tracks especially on "Carriage For Two". Martina gives a chilling reading of Billie Holliday's "God Bless The Child". It sounds vintage yet spacey. Like Holliday channelling a space age crooner. Very intriguing.
The second moment that gives "AWDF" more structure is "Broken Homes". Guest star, PJ Harvey(yet another critically acclaimed artist who I'm not too big into) gives a wispy, white soul vocal(imagine Dusty Springfield singing teary eyed) to the backing of a belting Black chruch choir. It sounds bizarre, trans-Atlantic, and twisted all at once. It's fascinating. This is what Tricky's sound is touted to be and he delivers. If only the rest of the album had you shaking AND scratching your head like that.
"Record Companies" is unlistenable.
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