- Audio CD (June 2 1998)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Universal Music Group
- ASIN: B000007P6K
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
|1. Money Greedy|
|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|
|11. Tear Out My Eyes|
|12. Record Companies|
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.Read more ›
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.