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Blowback

Tricky Audio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
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1. Excess
2. Evolution Revolution Love
3. Over Me
4. Girls
5. You Don't Wanna
6. #1 Da Woman
7. Your Name
8. Diss Never (Dig Up We History)
9. Bury The Evidence
10. Something In The Way
11. Five Days
12. Give It To 'Em
13. A Song For Yukiko

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Since the release of his debut, Maxinquaye, Tricky fans have wondered when he would or could match the nightmarish splendor of that trip-hop masterpiece. Blowback may not entirely appease the Tricky faithful, but it is the Bristol innovator's most satisfying album in a while. With Maxinquaye's surreal sonics lurking around its edges, Blowback is wonderfully schizophrenic, cavorting through robotically muted ragga, surging funk rock, nauseous, sample-mangled ballads, and bizarre versions of songs like the 1930s standard "Your Name" and Nirvana's "Something in the Way." In fact, with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alanis Morrisette, Cyndi Lauper, and Live's Ed Kowalcyzk along for the ride, Blowback is Tricky's Tommy, delivered through the mouths and muscles of the stars.

Blowback blows up with the arena-rock anthem "Evolution Revolution Love," featuring Kowalcyzk's familiar croon, while Tricky sings backup in a maniacal murmur. The ragga songs, which are dank and claustrophobic, are upended by the queasy flash metal of "Bury the Evidence." Finally, the trudging programming and Japanese vocals on "A Song for Yukiko" make an enigmatic gurgle that sums up Tricky's beautiful, bewildering creation. --Ken Micallef

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Japanese version feauturing a bonus 'Evoluton Revolution Love (Marlon:Maddog Remix)' and 'The Hawkman Is Coming.'

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What prompts me to write this review is how so many of the previous reviewers select one or two tracks as their favorites and say the rest proves Tricky's decline -- yet the reviews are all over the map on which couple of tracks are best. There appears to be a general trend in the direction of BlowBack being best in the early going and worse as it wears on, but lots of dissent even there, with some partisans of the Nirvana cover towards the end of the album, or the Cyndi Lauper collaboration even further on. Every part of BlowBack is somebody's favorite part and someone else's utter tripe. Tricky's still keeping us on our toes after all these years.
It's clear from the guest artists on this album (Lauper and members of Live and Red Hot Chili Peppers, for instance) that this is Tricky's attempt to get back on the charts after dimming enthusiasm for his follow-ups to his trip-hop classic Maxinquaye. I am not one of those who think that it's automatically bad to seek popularity and approachability. One of the great things about the Beatles, for instance, was the way Paul's commercial instincts counterbalanced John's introspective artiness. Too much desire to be loved and you end up with sap like Silly Love Songs, it's true -- but too much artiness gets you Revolution Number 9. I was one of those who loved Maxinquaye, but could not follow Tricky farther into his artistic vision than that. I did not enjoy his later albums; they struck me as increasingly harsh, tuneless, and incomprehensible, though I knew they were true to Tricky's vision and sounded just the way he wanted them to sound. I think Tricky's attempt to meet his audience halfway actually improved his work here -- it certainly improved my enjoyment of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tricky looks for new fans June 7 2002
Format:Audio CD
I admit I didn't know who the hell is Tricky, but I'm following every musical step of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I heard they would be on this CD so I wanted to give it a try. I went to a shop and listened to 'Wonder Woman', a song with Tricky and John Frusciante doing the vocals. I was really impressed so I bought it.
'Blowback' contains some beautiful Tricky songs with even more collaborations than the 'Nearly God' project. First of all I'd like to mention Hawkman, the reggae rapper without whom I couldn't imagine this album. He sings 'Diss Never' into one of my favorite songs ever. The single 'Evolution Revolution Love' would be a great songs if not the exaggerated chorus of Ed Kowalczyk, but the superb Tricky-Hawkman cooperation makes it a good listen. I feel like I'm gonna miss Hawk on Tricky's next album if he won't be there.
However, it were the tracks 'Excess' 'A Song For Yukiko' and 'Five Days' which I listened to when I decided to buy Tricky's debut, 'Maxinquaye'. Especially the moody song with the Japanese vocals is made exactly for saying good night. As I said,
I love the Pepper songs here though they are a bit 'Peppers'.
For being fair I'd like to say that after listening to Tricky's other albums, I miss Martina, the female singer, very much. Ambersunshower has a good voice but I think no other female singer is able to give you such beautiful moments like Martina. But the world changes and I can't complain about it.
'Blowback' is a quality album that may have won some new Tricky fans like me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'll admit that I'm new. Feb. 25 2002
Format:Audio CD
Okay, maybe if I had been a Tricky fan before hearing this album, I probably wouldn't have liked it so much (or maybe I would've) but seeing as how many of his long-time fans are a little dissapointed, I just wonder...Anyway, I bought this on reccomendation and I had a completely open mind and had no clue what to expect, so I came out loving it. All of the songs are very infectious and it grabs you right from the get-go with "excess".
I'm not the kind of person who listens to this kind of music very often (just look at my other reviews) but I'll give anything a chance and here, I was not dissapointed. Loading up a bunch of guest-stars can be a risky move for any artist, but here it's all executed very well. Each guest handles their parts very well, and if you didn't know that they were on it, you might have trouble believing that's who it is.
I have to say that of the 13 tracks on "Blowback", there isn't a weak spot here. There is a wide variety of styles covered here and each track is atmospherical and just, well...kinda cool. I don't know the early stuff that well, but I will say that if you're new to Tricky (like me) then pick this album up.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Is This Really A Tricky Album? Dec 31 2001
By John
Format:Audio CD
Tricky is still trying to make a good followup to 1995's Maxinquaye. But is there any way in hell he can do it? All albums after that, have seemed so mediocre and bland, except for some of Pre Millenium Tension. Blowback, just one of the many "efforts", is hardly a comeback. Its a Tricky album disguised as radio friendly commercial pop, which doesnt really make it a Tricky album at all. The guest list on here is ridiculous-people ranging from Cyndi Lauper, Alanis Morisette(who is barely audible), Live, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. The Collab "Five Days" with Cyndi isnt too bad, the "Girls" song with the Peppers is..well..a Peppers song. The lead single "Evolution Revolution Love" with Live frontman Ed, is forgettable. Tricky didnt seem to have anything else to do, so wasnt he supposed to be producing? He had everyone else do 80% of the work it seems like. Nothing really stands out except "You Dont Wanna", which steals Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams" and hardly does as good a job as Marilyn Manson did. The cover of Nirvana's "Something In The Way" may grab some attention, but the bad on this album may overshadow it entirely. Tricky has ambition, give him that, but like the last 3 or 4 albums, it all seems so rushed, incomplete, and cash-hungry.
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3.0 out of 5 stars disappointment
I bought this cd because it is Tricky. I love all his solo albums because they are so unique and challenging. For me I don't like his collaborations and this is no exception. Read more
Published on June 22 2004 by Mr. E. E. Heisler
5.0 out of 5 stars Tricky's Best
Personally, I think Tricky is insane for leaving Massive Attack, which is in my opinion the zenith of trip-hop. Tricky, however, has his moments. Read more
Published on March 2 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars melodic creation
i bought the cd not knowing any of tricky's other cds, i got it because i heard evolution revolution love on the radio/and on vh1 and i fell in love with the song. Read more
Published on March 9 2003 by justin6128
1.0 out of 5 stars TRICKY, PLEASE RETIRE
this is getting embarrasing. i am no longer a tricky fan. how can you remain a fan of a man who releases four terrible albums back to back.
'maxinquaye' was a work of art. Read more
Published on Feb. 1 2003 by "thebigraagu"
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete Foolishness and a SELL OUT!
Tricky was an innovator of Trip Hop Music. Not only did he make it, he pioneered the Blue print for others to come along. Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2003 by Arish
5.0 out of 5 stars is it wrong?
is it wrong to like this kind of music? does it certify me as a full blown psycho. i dont know but this guy is great.
he purposely tries to not be prolific. Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2002 by bmwilliams
2.0 out of 5 stars Er.. Its okay, I guess..
I was really looking forward to this album, sadly it just didnt stand up to the repeated listening test that all his other albums have passed with flying colors. Read more
Published on Nov. 3 2002 by MIKE WARBURTON
1.0 out of 5 stars Tricky gone bad...
This ain't Tricky. In fact it's not challenging at all. In the liner notes he says he wants this album played on radio stations, and that he's basically sorry for producing the... Read more
Published on Oct. 26 2002 by Uh huh.
2.0 out of 5 stars Not that great
If you expect this album to be as beautiful and truly genius as Maxinquaye, then you should really think again. Read more
Published on June 19 2002 by "jkadis"
2.0 out of 5 stars Blowback Might Just Blow You The Wrong Way
I first heard Tricky when he did two songs for two of "The Crow" movie sountracks. After seeing the video for "Evolution Revolution Love", I was interested... Read more
Published on June 13 2002 by Stephen Pieczatkowski
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