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Pre-Millennium Tension

Tricky Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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1. Vent
2. Christiansands
3. Tricky Kid
4. Bad Dream
5. Makes Me Wanna Die
6. Ghetto Youth
7. Sex Drive
8. Bad Things
9. Lyrics Of Fury
10. My Evil Is Strong
11. Piano

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Pre-Millennium Tension picks up where the first album, Maxinquaye, left off, but this CD fulfils the promise of Tricky's unbounded spontaneity and fondness for sonic digression. Abandoning the accessible pop of Maxinquaye, Pre-Millennium Tension serves up a beguiling array of sound effects, electro distortion and fragmented lyrics that amount to a rich--if bizarre-musical montage. As suggested by its title, this disc zeros in on a kind of end-of-the-millennium disruption of classifiable sound. With its cross-pollination of hip-hop, cabaret balladry, background textures, and disjointed arrangements, Pre-Millennium Tension takes a peek at the future of pop music and declares it will be nothing like we expect. --Nick Heil

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Tricky ~ Pre-Millennium Tension

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5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!! Dec 15 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This CD confirms for me that the 90s was probably the greatest decade for music in terms of freshness, creativity and inventivness. The triphop scene especially. Dark demonic trippy rythmes and beats coupled with soft creamy singing against raspy grainy vocals which sound like he's been gargling gravel. Although I have to say I think Trick blew his load on this CD. Nothing he did after quite matched up. Thsi is a gem and should be in your collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Underated if unpolished gem Dec 9 2003
Format:Audio CD
I think this is one of Tricky's better albums but is usually snubbed when i mention it to people.This is probably his darkest and most intense work, making it all the more endearing for being so.His signature incoherant, lispy grumblings are present - and stand out on the tracks Tricky Kid and Sex Drive.The earlier tracks are a lot funkier than the last few which could have been trimmed off without loss.Still i am happy to have it in my collection and do still play it on occassions though not at my Grandma's birthday party.
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4.0 out of 5 stars There's Something About This album Aug. 13 2003
Format:Audio CD
I don't know what it is. I can't quite explain it. Every time I listen to PMT though I feel it. The songs are like a vaccum, they move through you and fill you with a void. It's the only album in my collection that presents a sort of hollow apathy towards the world as if it sees everything in some sort of half-sleep state where you'd only partially understand the world as you normally would.
I think this is Tricky's most important album, and the only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is simply because you can't listen to it whenever you want to. The music is very abstract, and the voices and lyrics are usually garbled or spoken in a seemingly disjointed manner that doesn't really follow any clear method. Thoughts and analysis ruin the album, and you have to listen to the voices and not the words being spoken. If you listen to it around lunch-time when you're wide-eyed awake and dilligently pursuing some errand in your day, you'll be thinking and moving too fast to get this. The moon and stars have to be around when you hear this, and even then you have to be in a certain state of mind; you basically have to be in a mental place where you don't particularly care about anything. Then, this album comes alive and engulfs your brain like cold black tar. It flows over you and through you, like some faceless phantom.
It's hard to explain, this is a truly unique album. Despite how many times you listen to it or try to get into it, you'll never appreciate it until you hear it under the right circumstances.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best trip hop you can hear March 3 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is my favorite downbeat album, beating out portishead and massive attack. The track "tricky kid" is worth the whole CD. Tricky somehow manages to get a downtempo feel without loosing an edge or feeling overly polished. It feels soft and gritty at the same time. Amazing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars experimental, otherworldly Oct. 19 2002
Format:Audio CD
I can understand why some people can't really get into this whole album. A lot of it is really out there and doesn't vibe to beats you can really nod your head to. But I like strange, off-the-beaten-path music and this stuff certainly qualifies.
"Vent" kicks off the album with a steady, relentless drum-roll beat, what sounds like highly tortured backwards guitar, layers of trademark sampled percussion and Martina repeating, " Can't hardly breath" - very claustrophobic. "Christiansands" and "Tricky Kid" are fabulous - classic Tricky. "Bad Dream" is less compelling but pretty good. "[She] Makes Me Wanna Die" has a laid-back hip-hop beat with nice vocals and melody. But the lyrics make me kind of uncomfortable - especially listening with my girlfriend. I don't know, sweetly singing "She makes me wanna die" is uncomfortably creepy to me.
No one should be complaining that they can't understand the "Ghetto Youth;" neither can I, but I find the cant fascinating and I'm grateful to be exposed to something so alien to me. If I rejected all the vocals I couldn't understand, I'd have to get rid of nearly half my CDs!
"Sex Drive" has that fluttering, rolling off the rails quality one hears in "Vent." "Bad Things" is murky and dark while "Lyrics of Fury" is a hyperkenetic rap. "My Evil is Strong" is very experimental, very rambling and pure genius. Finally, "Piano" has an ominous atmosphere. Tricky recites a staggered rap over what sounds like breathing machines pumping in rhythm to the spare piano chords.
Not for everyone, but it took me a few listens to digest the compellingly innovative sounds on this album. Tricky's where it's at!
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4.0 out of 5 stars She Makes Me Wanna Buy June 8 2002
Format:Audio CD
Having already bought 'Maxinquaye' and 'Blowback', I decided my next Tricky album should be 'Pre-Millenium Tension'. I read all reviews at Amazon but this CD completely failed to disappoint me.
The first song I knew was 'Tricky Kid', it's great but I think it's Martina who makes me wanna listen to this record. She's rapping on 'Bad Dreams', 'Lyrics of Fury', her dope voice makes 'Christiansands' and especially 'Sex Drive' into great songs with 'Vent' and 'Makes Me Wanna Die' being the masterpieces.
However, there are songs that are not so good on this album. 'My Evil Is Strong', 'Piano' and 'Ghetto Youth' are too repetitive.
'Pre-Millenium Tension' is not such a quality album like 'Maxinquaye', 'Nearly God' and 'Blowback', therefor buy them first, but PMT is still immense and worth buying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I think you could buy this album solely for the track "Makes Me Wanna Die." This song is one of the best tracks written in the 90s - a deceptively simple song, but listening to it... Read more
Published on April 27 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Tricky - Pre-Millenuim Tension
Following his acclaimed first album, Maxinquaye, tricky redefines himslef in Pre-Millenium Tension. Using dark undertones and a unique style of downtempo, vocals, and rap, he... Read more
Published on March 20 2002 by "kbsmoker2001"
1.0 out of 5 stars quit all that squawking!
This album is a DUD and YOU KNOW IT!
It's not a great album.
There's nothing worse than spending your money on a full length album that's pnly got one or two good songs... Read more
Published on March 15 2002 by chimni
5.0 out of 5 stars great disc.
Pre-Millennium tension was my first introduction to tricky. I got really into his music from listening to this album. Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2002 by Neel Aroon
5.0 out of 5 stars I Own Every Tricky Album Ever Made. This One Is His Best.
From a Diehard fan's point of view, I shun every reviewer who has given this album a poor review. Its not pop or mainstream music. Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2002 by Go Bulldogs
1.0 out of 5 stars AVOID!
Do yourself a favour and avoid this album. There aren't any good songs on it. Beside from the singel "Christiansands" (which is the closest to a song on the album) there isn't much... Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2001 by damarand@hotmail.com
1.0 out of 5 stars AMAZINGLY POOR
This is the worst album i've ever heard. I bought it on the strength of Tricky's 'maxinquaye' and the comparisons made between Maxinquaye and pre millenium tension. Read more
Published on Oct. 12 2001 by experimusicdotcom
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