"Vunerable" would contain nothing new for any college freshman in 1991. It is formulaic and, sadly, uninspiring. I can't believe this was released in June of '03. One could argue that everything that was old is new again... that is, when it's a creative tribute or fusion of new elements. But, this does not come close.
Queues, breaks, intros, whatever one wishes to call them, are predictable (One can accurately predict when an instrument will come into the song). There is nothing to surprise the listener or keep him or her interested in the album. The beats are simply O.K., if not generic. There is little to engage the mind or the feet when listening to "Vunerable." Tricky fails to deliver anything new.....for example, the track "Anti-Matter."
One cannot even zone out to it or have it as ambient sound while hanging out with friends. "Vunerable", as a project, is neither relaxing, nor stimulating, nor morose, nor edgy. It was just annoying.
I was really hoping for more when I bought this album, especially after reading the reviews by die-hard Tricky fans.
The remake of The Cure's "The Lovecats" fails to live up to the praise of Amazon's critic. There's no new angle, vibrance or inspiration. It tries too hard to be erotic and ends up being a track that makes one laugh out loud. If you still don't have an accurate picture of this song.... do you remember the two brothers who bopped their heads to one side to Haddaway's "What is Love?" on Saturday Night Live? "The Love Cats" would be their torch-song. It's not good or quirky-good, it's just there.
Do not spend your money on something that will just end up as a $1 buy-back at CD Warehouse. If you really, really, really want this album, I suggest buying it used.
You may want to check out Goldfrapp or Depeche Mode instead (you won't ever want to give away to coworkers as an emptihearted peace offering).