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  • Audio CD (Aug. 17 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B00000JWNY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,957 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. For Real
2. Bom Bom Diggy
3. Contradictive
4. She Said
5. I Like The Girls
6. Hot Like A Sauna
7. Call Me
8. Wash My Soul
9. Hot Like A Sauna (Metal Mix)
10. Scrappy Love

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Out-of-print in the US. Universal.

Bristol shaman Tricky (Adrian Thawes) is one of today's odder and more inspired artists. His 1995 debut, Maxinquaye, revealed an eccentric sensibility at play, creating nightmarishly gorgeous tracks such as "Overcome", contrasted by a raucous Smashing Pumpkins sample on the chorus to the brooding "Pumpkin". A little guy with a wicked grin, Tricky is the trip-hop equivalent of Stanley Kubrick, at once original and clever, yet as dark and gloomy as his spliff-produced smoke rings. With DJ Muggs (from Cypress Hill) and rapper Grease, Juxtapose is streetwise, yet largely missing Tricky's hallucinogenic imagery. On "For Real" Tricky mutters "Some families have to live for real / I don't have to, I've got my record deal" over an itchy blues thump. A classical guitar melody begins "Contradictive", as Tricky grouses about "Mickey Mouse" and spouts "You a hardcore loving machine." "She Said" sounds conspicuously like an Underworld track, especially its lyrics. "I Like the Girls" features Muggs in a hilarious rap about lesbians, whip cream, and group sex. The raps grow more wicked on "Hot Like a Sauna" with the mumbled lines "Wanna be like Jeffrey Dahmer" and "Every day like Hanukkah". "Call Me" and "Wash Away" recall Tricky of old, with groggy vocals and Caribbean-tinged grooves creating wonderfully queasy tableaux. Tricky continues to evolve at his own irascible pace, a riddle always about to reveal itself. His journey remains equally fascinating and frustrating. --Ken Micallef

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

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By eRgO on March 10 2004
Format: Audio CD
Like many of Tricky's albums, the songs on this album are results of collaborations with various artists, so it was no surprise that this has a more "street" feel to it, as opposed to Pre-Millennium Tension, which was surreal and dirty. Despite this, I think the album still bears Tricky's indelible stamp: His menace and growls still permeate the album and are used to great effect on songs like "For Real" and "Wash My Soul." Fans of PMT will enjoy songs like "Call Me" and "Scrappy Love" which have a more visceral and gutteral feel than the other songs. "Bom Bom Diggy" foreshadows the type of riffing that would appear on his next album "Blowback." It's got a great groove and rapping courtesy of Muggs, but it's more restrained than say "Girls" (from Blowback).
Overall, I'd say this is a great "rock" record in that Tricky succeeds in taking the styles of Muggs/Grease and blending them with his own mutant approach to music-making. That's what it is: a mutation. Fans of Maxinquaye and PMT may not enjoy Juxtapose, as it's not entirely innovative or groundbreaking, but it does offer good variations of the mutant rock that Tricky helped invent.
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Having previously been unsuccessful, in his attempts to break into the Lucrative american market, teamed up with "Cypress Hill's"..."D.j. Muggs" (with the help of rapper "DMX's" producer "Grease"), to create a "Hip-hop" themed version of his Distinctive style of Brooding Electronica he's so famous for. Right off the bat...the down right Breathtaking "For Real" (a Scathing look at wannabe gangsters how watch "Too many gangster films", & people obsessed with "Record deals")...Tricky growlingly snarls "How Do you expect to become a Crime Family???...Your Profile's too Big!!!". This track stands out for being easily as good (if not better than any individual track Tricky has produced), and yet that isn't the whole of this consistently bleak album as "Contradictive" sees Tricky move into altogether more accessible songs with a male Vocal supplanting this kind of track that is usually reserved for his female vocalists, and against all the odds, ends up being some of Tricky's most distinguished work. But regardless of the praise heaped by me on this album, those new to Tricky (or only possessing one album) should probably steer clear...because as with "Angels with Dirty Faces" this is a tough, Difficult and initially unrewarding listen. But those that have most of Tricky's catalogue of Albums, will be entering into this with their eyes open, and expect the dramatic shifts from Downtempo, Trip-hop, Rap, Alternative Rock....and for these people, it'll take a while....but the brilliance of this album will unearth under (admittedly a fair few) listens.
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I am the first person to review 'Juxtapose' in 2002 and I hope the readers appreciate it. Especially those who haven't purchased 'Juxtapose' yet. As much as I like it, I wouldn't recommend it to people who are new to Tricky. Of course some rap lovers might say it's a great rap album, but then it'd be a damn wrong impression of who Tricky is.
For Tricky fans,though, it's a must-buy. Every Tricky album has something special in it, so does Juxtapose. The songs where Tricky's rapping alone are a beautiful experience and the Maddog collaborations only completes it. 'Scrappy Love', 'For Real', 'She Said' and 'Contradictive' are songs I like the best because they calm me down. You simply can't deny Tricky's brilliance and believe me, it's not absent on Juxtapose. The Maddog part in 'Bom Bom Diggy' makes the song even better. I don't mind if you don't like 'I Like The Girls' but 'Hot Like a Sauna' is just as good as 'Bom Bom Diggy'. The female singer spoils the song a bit and there's the weakest part in 'Juxtapose'. After listening to 'Blowback' I'd say Tricky hasn't found the appropriate descendant for Martina. I would recommend Nelly Furtado, she's got an impressive voice asking for perfect arrangements that Tricky has to offer. Listen to their collaboration 'The Harder They Come' on Paul Oakenfold's album Bunkka and you certainly won't disagree with me.
As a conclusion, Juxtapose is maybe not Tricky's finest album, but I still recommend it. I don't think Tricky is able to disappoint his true fans. And finally a question to those 'fans' who miss Tricky's trip-hop tunes and hate Juxtapose: Is that right that you're Tricky fans and not trip-hop's (a style that doesn't even exist)?
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Tricky was apparently trying to make a more straightforward hip-hop album with Juxtapose than his usual "trip hop" output. The only problem is, he'd already made a straightforward hip-hop album three years before, and that one was much better. It was called Grassroots, and Amazon apparently doesn't offer it. I believe it might be out of print. But anyway, Grassroots was an EP that showed Tricky at his hip-hop best. It even had a different version of Pre-Milennium Tension's "Tricky Kid" and also Tricky's BEST ever straight-up hip hop song, "Heaven & Hell." The reviewer below who says "Bom Bom Diggy" is a great hip hop song needs to check out "Heaven & Hell." But anyway, I thought Juxtapose was great when it came out, but now that I've digested it for a while I think it sounds slightly rushed and inconsistent. It doesn't offer all that it could. I read somewhere that Tricky himself doesn't like Juxtapose that much. It isn't a bad album, it's just that it doesn't jolt you like Pre-Milennium and Maxinquaye did. And I also have a problem with Mad Dogg. The guy has skills, for sure, but I get sick of hearing his hundred-words-a-second flow on almost each and every song. He sounds to me like one of those early-'90s party-rap guys from down South, just with a British accent. I think what most annoys me is that he's apparently the replacement for Martina. In the old days Tricky himself would use his unique voice to rap some verses and then Martina would lay down the chorus; you can hear the perfect example of this in my still-favorite Tricky song "Christiansands." Now we get Tricky doing the verses and then Mad Dogg jumps out of nowhere and raps his head off.Read more ›
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