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Vulnerable [Enhanced]

Tricky Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars All I can say is AMAZING June 4 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Though I usually favor Massive Attack to Tricky, I have to say that "Vulnerable" puts "100th Window" to shame. Tricky's latest CD -- I am tempted to say it is better than his CD "Blowback", which I love -- has some of his darkest work to date. The music is leaden but balanced by the female singer's beautiful voice, which is nicely matched by Tricky's guttural vocals. Tracks 1, 2, 3, and 6 (especially 6) are my favorites on this album.
Some have said that Tricky is becoming dated; I think that he is just becoming more accessible.
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"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).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not His Best, But Very Good March 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
While still unable to touch Tricky's transcendental work on MAXINQUAYE or NEARLY GOD, VULNERABLE still sounds like a considerable improvement over BLOWBACK, maybe because BLOWBACK absorbed all the disappointment for being Tricky's first less-than-stellar album (not including Tricky's lackluster EP MISSION ACCOMPLISHED).
Actually, VULNERABLE is a rather different direction for Tricky, less ambitious and perhaps a bit more playful. It can be played front to back without anything too jarring to interrupt the flow. Some songs are pretty intense, but they're all very groove-friendly. It's too modern sounding to be 80's music, although it has 80's touches including plenty of straight-up, unadulterated keyboards.
Tricky's new chanteuse-of-the-month, Costanza, initially sounds like an almost conventional sex kitten, but her breath-y delivery and strangely annunciated words lend her voice character and, yes, she sounds sexy. In fact, the album is very sexy overall like most of Tricky's best music.
"Hollow" and "Car Crash" in particular are extremely sensual. The 80's songs covered here (XTC's "Dear God" and The Cure's "Love Cats") are very good as Tricky does his own thing with them. Both are subdued versions of the original that blend right into the groove of the album.
The last track for me stands above the rest - it's as good as classic Tricky. It's dominated by a rhythmic electric guitar riff and more intense guitars appear towards the end.
As I already pointed out, Tricky has made better records, but VULNERABLE is very agreeable and there's not a bad track in the bunch. For that, it deserves 5 stars.
An aside: For those who long for more "old school" Tricky at his best, I would strongly recommend the Baby Namboos' ANCOATS 2 ZAMBIA (much more than VULNERABLE in fact).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Edgy, solid rock. Jan. 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
If you like the range of styles in Maxinquay, you owe this solid disk a serious listen. Tricky continues to push at his own boundaries. He doesn't repeat. He doesn't bore. But the album is not "just" interesting. It is also GOOD! Hard-driving rock songs in the Bristol tradition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Its hard to wait for God Dec 23 2003
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Being a Tricky fan of the underground I will always love anything he puts out. Yet when I heard the first rifts of the track "Don't Wanna Stay" I knew there was nothing but pure amazement in store. Knowing that the familiar voice from his past work was gone and this beautiful angel was in place. I was wondering what was in store. The new voice on the CD is just soothing and a perfect counter to Tricky. The two of them fit so well with astonishing beats and heavy lyrics that make you think and place these songs into the sound track of your life. The best songs are the title song Vulnerable, Don't Wanna' Stay, Wait for God, and Car Crash.
I don't think this album will be topped. Its with little question one of his best. If you liked much of the massive attack protection albums you'll love Vulnerable.
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2.0 out of 5 stars If you are an old Tricky Fan Beware
I bought this album cause I have always loved hearing tricky albums, but I was really shocked and dissapointed with this latest effort. Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2003 by Shawn E. Couch
2.0 out of 5 stars It Rolls Downhill
I find this to be a disappointing follow-up to anything that Tricky has done in the past. This album is nothing more than Tricky mixing beats for another female vocalist I have no... Read more
Published on Oct. 18 2003 by Robert Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars make me wanna vulnerable
tricky is back to the Maxinquaye Premillennium golden age.... costanza's and tricky's voices together will make you float and dream... especially Hollow... Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2003 by zoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Vulnerability?
Loved it!
Don't listen to this album with an expectation that it will be just like your other favorite album. Why compare? Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Vulnerability?
Loved it!
Don't listen to this album with an expectation that it will be just like your other favorite album. Why compare? Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Review On Tricky's "Vulnerable"
By now we should know Tricky's neither Mozart nor Kurt Cobain.
Tricky is Tricky.
He never pretended to be or sound like anyone, this is why we appreciate most of his... Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2003 by MUSIC LOVER
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Not Afraid to Love This
After sampling this first 3 tracks at Virgin, I decided that if I were going to leave that record store with a CD that night, "Vulnerable" would be it. Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2003 by Shanghaied
5.0 out of 5 stars This Could Get Tricky....
The best way to destroy your music career is release a debut as brilliant as Maxinquaye. Just ask Tricky. Read more
Published on July 14 2003 by Jim Galligan
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