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Maxinquaye [Explicit Lyrics]

Tricky Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
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Less experimentally brash than his more recent release, Tricky's debut CD Maxinquaye is actually a better introduction to the British hip-hopper turned international trip-hopper than his later work. The dozen smoldering, moonlit tracks are less concerned with loopy aural exaggeration than they are with showcasing Tricky's slow-mo rap and singer Martine's sexy soprano. With the exception of the stellar "Pumpkin," (featuring vox from Alison Goldfrapp), the duo mix a colorful palate of rhythmic vocals, throbbing backbeats and gravelly electronic textures. Toss in large doses of sexual innuendo and Maxinquaye becomes a libidinous foray into languor and lust. --Nick Heil

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4.0 out of 5 stars Being Haunted Has Never Been This Much Fun Feb. 23 2004
Format:Audio CD
This debut album, like Tricky's work with Massive Attack, signified an innovation in contemporary pop production and arrangement, like Eno's best work was to the 1970s or My Bloody Valentine's was to the early 1990s, and is probably the best trip-hop album ever. Tricky's bleak and cynical vision finds form through bizarrely juxtaposed collages of samples and loops that sound like he put his memories of music through a blender, as if he were both reveling in and taking revenge on our cut-and-paste society. Who'd ever have thought to assemble together the strange samples one hears on down-tempo tracks such as "Overcome" or "Ponderosa"? But it's not without humor (starting with his spliff-ravaged speak-sing) and a thorough sense of irony, exemplified most strongly on the piece "Strugglin'" with its dislocated rhythm track of a gun being cocked. Then there's Martina's sleepy voice chiding and hiding through the mix. This is a sexy, smoky, disorienting and beautiful album by a madman.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Trip-hop masterpiece Aug. 28 2003
Format:Audio CD
Coming out of collaboration with Massive Attack, Tricky was clearly bursting with ideas of his own. On Maxinquaye he sticks to a trip-hop bluieprint, ironically nicking Karma Coma's lyrics for the brooding 'Overcomes' and even sampling Portishead's 'Glory Box' - one of the classic triphop songs - on 'Hell Is Round The Corner'. Yet he infuses the sound with a dark, understated urban menace and with singer Martina Topley-Bird he creates sweltering, sexy grooves that sometimes, as on 'Abbaon Fat Tracks', descend into pure erotica. She has a sultry, alternative voice which complements his laidback rapping style very well, both of them sounding very British. Its an intriguing combination though its a shame that he doesnt take the mic and go solo more often. His only real freestyle rap comes on the almost old-skool hip-hop of 'Brand New You're Retro'.
Occasionally as on 'Strugglin' they wander astray without a tune and it makes for a somewhat routine track, acceptable as a 2-minute filler but unbearable stretched into 6 and 1/2 minutes. Yet there's more than enough to make up for it: the masterpiece of paraonoia that is an inspired cover of 'Black Steel', Topley-Bird's voice awash in aggressive guitars and gritty production. Her voice is an acquired taste, especially on tracks like 'Ponderosa' where her sound is totally Estuary, but its nicely broken up by the lush 'Pumpkin' which takes the ingenious tactic of marrying a Massive Attack-style backing track to Orbital (and, after this album, Goldfrapp) vocalist Alison Goldfrapp and a brooding Smashing Pumpkins sample. Also, when the tracks are as good as 'You Don't' which is reggae-tinged and almost like the Horace Andy tracks on 'Blue Lines' its churlish to complain.
Ultimately, Maxinquaye is not only a trip-hop masterpiece but an urban classic. Highly reccomended to fans of not just triphop but those new to the genre or mainstream hip-hop fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome July 26 2008
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The influences peel off like stickers on a notebook. Utilizing Bomb Squad-confrontational production and subtly primitive IDM textures, Tricky's uniquely muddy form of soundclash shocked the mid-90s listening populace with his merger of angular, raw sampling, dark synth innovation, and pseudo-intellectual lyrics to build the convention-destroying music of Maxinquaye. A collaborative effort from a former husband/wife team, Adrian Thawes and singer Martina Topley-Bird, demonstrated a bizarrely genuine chemistry in such shielded music. Topley-Bird's distinctively British dialect developed a refreshing retreat from her more typical peers, yielding a more modern voice for a changing musical landscape. As she sings, Tricky's monstrously cracking vocals shadow hers to make the listening experience a more personal feat than many pieces before it.

Borrowing more than lyrics from his previous tenure guesting for Massive Attack, Tricky's producer/singer relationship is stronger than the interplay in more linear genres, making this an obsessive work of customization. Unforgettable moments appear frequently, from the gorgeously hard drum break of "Ponderosa" to the clicking future saloon shootout screamer of "Strugglin'" to the Michael Jackson-sampling "Brand New, You're Retro". It's hard to imagine the landscapes of modern electronica and underground hip-hop without this record's influence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TRICKY IS TRICKY!!!! May 27 2004
By D. Lee
Format:Audio CD
I stayed away from this CD for the longest, scared of what I might hear--I mean Tricky does look slightly demonic. But all that aside, "Maxinquaye" turned out to be just the opposite of what my initial perception was. It is in fact a masterpiece that can only be tantamount to the works of Massive Attack, Portishead and even DJ Shadow. With sexy vocals from Martina and Tricky himself, "Maxinquaye" keeps it appeal in 2004 with material that doesn't at all sound dated or forced, but instead sounds fresh and innovative as the day it was released. Tricky is truly a "trip-hop pioneer." "Maxinquaye" is haunting, sexy, profound, intense and down right funky! Highly Recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Heart of Darkness Dec 30 2003
Format:Audio CD
It's been nearly 10 years since the release of "Maxinquaye", and there have been many pretenders to the throne, but the once and future king is still Tricky. The Pistol from Bristol lays down and dirty deep grooves around the smokey and sultry vocals of Martine. This is electronic music for the mind and body. "Maxinquaye" is a journey into the heart of darkness. Listen to it and fear it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Number 1
After owning this album since 1996, I can safely say...This is the best album I own. Hands down.
Published on March 22 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Something like it, but not really..
The flow of the piece itself expelled alot of talent, and Im sure took alot of time and energy. Though to completely glorify this album at all, would not be my own doing. Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2004 by Casey Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Trip-hop masterpiece (4.5 stars)
Coming out of the critically acclaimed Massive Attack, Tricky (having dropped Kid from his name) released his debut in 1995. Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2003 by Kurt Lennon
1.0 out of 5 stars This CD is totally weak, just stick with Portishead!!
I read the reviews and decided to give Tricky a try. I am a huge fan of Portishead and their huge level of talent and inspirational music. Read more
Published on Aug. 4 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard
Tricky's solo debut echoes the work of his former colleagues Massive Attack while simultaneously distancing himself from their influences. Read more
Published on April 25 2003 by Gillian L. Rosheuvel
5.0 out of 5 stars Tricky's Only Good Album
Those words might seem kind of harsh, but I consider them to be true. Maxinquaye is the only Tricky album that is consistently spinnable. Read more
Published on April 22 2003 by gallipoli
5.0 out of 5 stars probably Tricky's best album - and effective mood music!
I realize Tricky has incorporated many elements from other peoples' work, but that doesn't make these songs any less genius or mind-blowing. Read more
Published on Oct. 26 2002 by "richlatta"
3.0 out of 5 stars OVERRATED BUT...
Tricky(nee Adrian Hawes), former member of Massive Attack, released one of the most critically lauded albums of the 1990s with with his 1995 debut "Maxinquaye". Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2002 by J. Johnson
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