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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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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.
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.
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
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.
Most recent customer reviews
I stayed away from this CD for the longest, scared of what I might hear--I mean Tricky does look slightly demonic. Read morePublished on May 27 2004 by D. Lee
After owning this album since 1996, I can safely say...This is the best album I own. Hands down.Published on March 22 2004
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 morePublished on Jan. 12 2004 by Casey Thompson
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. Read morePublished on Dec 30 2003 by Gavin B.
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 morePublished on Aug. 4 2003
Tricky's solo debut echoes the work of his former colleagues Massive Attack while simultaneously distancing himself from their influences. Read morePublished on April 25 2003 by Gillian L. Rosheuvel
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 morePublished on Oct. 26 2002
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