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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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"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
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars It Rolls Downhill Oct. 18 2003
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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 interest in. Martina was a supplemental, her absence was not detrimental, and this new girl is just plain bothersome.
The Track "How High" has a very driving beat and chorus, but it peaks there. "Dear God" is touching, but not what I want to hear from a pioneer in pushing trip-hop towards the ever abusive mainstream.
Tricky never recieved real credit in his middle album efforts and has lost what made him the unsung hero of pop, trip-hop or whatever genre he finds. I was disappointed with the annoying guests on "Blowback" but Tricky pulled it off. The general feel on "Vulnerable" barely scrapes mediocre. No dark drone, no creepiness, no more is left of the artist I came to love through the albums of the past. However, you might not take my opinion to heart due to the fact that I look at "Maxinquaye" as a stepping stone and "Pre-Millenium Tension" to be the genius. Stop knocking "Juxtapose", Listen to "Mission Accomplished" a few times, and then.........
Don't listen to this album in high hopes, check out the latest from Massive Attack. I have yet to listen to it a 4th time. It just collects dust like "Angels with dirty faces". Tricky did tour the U.S. opening for Tool, he does think of us, just not commercially.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Review On Tricky's "Vulnerable" Aug. 22 2003
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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 music. The most attracting thing about it is Tricky's ability to capture a particular mood(mostly sad) into a moving, at times haunting musical tale. If you're looking for this quality on "Vulnerable", you will surely find it.
Unfortunately too rarely.
Tricky once claimed his aim is to write a simple song with a great emotional impact on the listener. He has achieved it on roughly half of these tracks.
One of them is "Car Crash". Tricky's and female singer Costanza's voices merge in an otherworldly harmony.The simple yet truth-punching lyrics and tune are likely to cause tears on your cheeks. "In my car to where you are. I can't make it, I won't make it".
"Car Crash" is evidently one of the best songs written by Tricky.
Since "Black Steel", the gorgeous Public Enemy cover on Tricky's debut "Maxinquaye", the man is famous for his covers.
"The Love Cats", originally written by The Cure, is hereby added to the Covers' Hall of Fame.
Sombre bass guitar, simple piano chords and Costanza's vulnerable erotica complement each other to perfection.
Perfection- a description which will never grace any Tricky albums except "Maxinquaye".
The best word to describe "Vulnerable" is...vulnerable. Just about everything about this record is vulnerable: Costanza's vocal style, Tricky's attitude to public acclaim and definitely the album concept itself.
Why in God's name does Tricky use metal guitars on three tracks in a row?
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5.0 out of 5 stars All I can say is AMAZING
Though I usually favor Massive Attack to Tricky, I have to say that "Vulnerable" puts "100th Window" to shame. Read more
Published on June 4 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Edgy, solid rock.
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. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2004 by Robert Serafini
5.0 out of 5 stars Its hard to wait for God
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... Read more
Published on Dec 23 2003 by Joseph Pombo
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
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
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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