The good parts of "Maxinquaye" are amplified a bit here; there's better lyric writing, the contrast between Tricky and Maxine's voices are played up, the sampling and programming draws on a wider range of sounds, and the production is ace. But the same thing that hurts Maxinquaye hurts this one as well; the unchanging repetitive nature of the songs. If you're going to do a long repetitive piece, you HAVE to mess with the sonic density and texture of the piece to keep it from being numbing, or even worse, snooze-inducing, and once again, Tricky fails to do that. As a result, like Maxinquaye, this could have benefited from having anywhere from one to five minutes lopped off of every single song. I don't have anything against long songs or repetition, but when the repetition isn't going anywhere sonically and doesn't have a purpose, what's the point? Check out Aphex Twin, early Tangerine Dream, later Hawkwind, Harmonia, Can, and Eno to hear repetition done right.
This could have been a four-star CD with better editing and more sonic innovation. But ultimately it fails in its mission, and by the end of the CD it trails off in a miasma of sameness. Too bad.