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  • Audio CD (April 13 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000001E7V
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
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1. Overcome
2. Ponderosa
3. Black Steel
4. Hell Is Round The Corner
5. Pumpkin
6. Aftermath
7. Abbaon Fat Tracks
8. Brand New You're Retro
9. Suffocated Love
10. You Don't
11. Strugglin'
12. Feed Me

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Lennon on Aug. 17 2003
Format: Audio CD
Coming out of the critically acclaimed Massive Attack, Tricky (having dropped Kid from his name) released his debut in 1995. Strange thing is, he's nowhere to be seen for the first three track, dropping by on the fourth slo-mo song. He uses the services of singer Martina Topley-Bird to chilling effect over sexy and dark songs.
Overcome: highly percussive opener, sexy singing. rowr. A
Ponderosa: another slow, sexy song with a strange carnival interlude. A
Black Steel: the worst song, a metal cover of Public Enemy; pointless, I always skip over it. drags the album quality down. D
Hell is Round the Corner: a stunning turnaround, slow-mo trip-hop based on an Isaac Hayes sample. brilliant. A+
Pumpkin: shimmering production, the quality continues. A
Aftermath: the longest song, just ride the groove. A-
Abbaon Fat Tracks: blatantly sexual lyrics, but so sexy you'll sweat. A-
Brand New You're Retro: furious tirade against hip-hop haters, blazing track. B+
Suffocated Love: the best track; great melody, sexy lyrics and singing, a must-hear for any trip-hop fan. A+
You Don't: ragga flavored track, not too shabby. B+
Strugglin': dense song, Tricky sounds like he's struggling to breathe. but he's more normal than some. A-
Feed Me: hypnotic closer, leaves you stunned. A
Fans of trip-hop will no doubt appreciate this dense and sexy album from an artist who has not been able to reach the heights he climbed with this album. Play it loud and float away.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gallipoli on April 22 2003
Format: Audio CD
Those words might seem kind of harsh, but I consider them to be true. Maxinquaye is the only Tricky album that is consistently spinnable.
In fact, with the definite exception of the remake of "Black Steel", I would rank this a consistent top album, and one of the best of the year. Some people get tweaked because the samples have been used before ... but that's common in hip-hop, dance, trance, trip-hop, etc. It's what you do with it that makes the track, not the components. For example, I can listen to "Glory Times" by Portishead and "Hell is Around the Corner" one right after the other and like both. Both set different moods, using the same sample ("Ike's Rap II").
Tricky's other albums have some good grooves and some standout tracks, but in general none of them flow like Maxinquaye. It is good track after good track (except for the aforementioned "Black Steel", a rather pointless and seemingly endless track). Here's hoping that Tricky can stop trying to be so obscure and make a good album like this again, before he wears out his welcome.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MUSIC LOVER on May 18 2002
Format: Audio CD
Don't listen to the people who don't like it cos it's one of the very best you can find.No matter if you like trip-hop or don't even know what it is, Maxinquaye is a must-have.No matter if you like male or female vocalists, rock or dance music, you won't be disappointed.
Every single song is more than brilliant,apart from 'strugglin' which is just good.Martina's very feminine vocals and Tricky's dark samples fit to each other perfectly as you hear in the beginner 'overcome'.
From there on, you just want more and more. Maxinquaye is not as depressive as Tricky's later works, it really keeps you up the whole day.It's even got a punk song, a cover of Public Enemy's 'black steel'.'Abbaon fat tracks' is a song to enjoy when you're alone or with your girlfriend while 'you dont' has a bit of party atmosphere.I think this album is also good for listening
in your CD player while you're roaming the city or whatever.I recommend it to everyone who're looking for gems to fill their cd collection or simply wanna hear some fresh, brilliant music.
In this case more than brilliant
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Gardner on 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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By alexliamw on 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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