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.