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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

Product Description

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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

Product Description

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

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3.0 out of 5 stars disappointment June 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. My favourite track is "A song for Yukiko" which is the only Tricky song on the album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tricky's Best March 2 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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. Probably his best known song, "Overcome" (see his album Maxinquaye) first caught my attention, but his vocals were a little too overtly sexual for my tastes.
On this album, however, Tricky is more restrained. It doesn't sound like he has some sort of ulterior motives on this one; songs like "Evolution Revolution Love" (the standout track), "Excess", "Bury the Evidence", and "Five Days" are really moving. Be forewarned, though: the soundscape is definitely dark.
Trip-hop may never get its due notice in the U.S., despite the fact that it is perhaps the most artistic genre available. Whether the other reviewers care to accept it, this album is a masterpiece, Tricky's magnum opus.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars melodic creation March 9 2003
Format:Audio CD
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. i wish that more songs on the cd could be just as good. i recomend this cd to anyone who likes melodic music with rhythmic grooves. i am gonna go get his other cds soon!
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1.0 out of 5 stars TRICKY, PLEASE RETIRE Feb. 1 2003
Format:Audio CD
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. everything since then, including this misadventure of an album, has been a big let down. tricky abandons melody in favour of ugly noise. i don't want to have to strain, and lie to myself, in order to 'enjoy' this album.
tricky mate, it's not there anymore. please stop embarrasing yourself, and further tarnishing your reputation.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Complete Foolishness and a SELL OUT! Jan. 10 2003
By Arish
Format:Audio CD
Tricky was an innovator of Trip Hop Music. Not only did he make it, he pioneered the Blue print for others to come along. To hear some foolishness like this is a complete contradiction, and shows he didn't care about his loyal fans. Tricky isn't a singer nor can he do something that just isn't him. This album is a sign of desperation and shows that the creativity he once had may not exist anylonger. If you want a real Tricky album get Nearly God,Maxinqueye,Pre Millenium Tension and Ruff Guide. Everything after PMT has been a sign of an artist that apparently has lost it. I believe that after his departure with Martina, It was the beginning of the end for him. This may be O.K for people who never heard his other material,and if you like Rock.
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5.0 out of 5 stars is it wrong? Nov. 6 2002
Format:Audio CD
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. His sound is the most unique thing iv'e ever heard. it's creepy, dark, sickly, gritty....[awesome] as hell! i love it. when im listening to it it makes me feel like a villain or something. i just wanna bust some heads!!!!! i think the only people that are gonna like this kind of thing are open minded people so OPEN YOUR MIND and give it a knock.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Er.. Its okay, I guess.. Nov. 3 2002
Format:Audio CD
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. You can't say this album is bad, I love tricky, but it just wasn't satisfying, too easy to listen to, which isn't always a good thing. The great thing about tricky is that each album is a new experience, and usually takes some work to get in to, which inevitably is worth it, not with blowback. Okay, you have to get it if you've got all the others, but by no stretch of the imagination is this his best work. I wouldnt say steer clear, but don't have great expectations. Song for Yukiko and Five Days are the highlights, maybe even You don't Wanna, but Im sorry I just didnt get Hawkman. Hopefully the next album will be more inventive, less radio friendly, but nevertheless tricky remains one of my favourite artists, and is no doubt a genius, he's just had a bad day!!
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