Angels W/Dirty Faces Import
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|1. Money Greedy|
|3. Singing The Blues|
|4. Broken Homes|
|5. 6 Minutes|
|6. Analyze Me|
|7. The Moment I Feared|
|8. Talk To Me (Angels With Dirty Faces)|
|9. Carriage For Two|
|11. Tear Out My Eyes|
|12. Record Companies|
Japanese Version featuring Two Unlisted Bonus Tracks: Time Slippin, and Peyote Sings.
What's really tricky is following up a debut as innovative and exquisite as 1995's Maxinquaye. Third time out (fourth if you count 1996's perplexing duets project Nearly God) and the artist formerly known as Adrian Thaws is still struggling to find the right balance of ambition and ability on Angels with Dirty Faces. The album has its moments: including a stirring collaboration with Polly Harvey on the bluesy "Broken Homes" and singer Martina Topley-Bird's eerie rendering of Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child" on "Carriage for Two." If you liked the claustrophobic mire of last year's Pre-Millennium Tension, Angels won't disappoint. Otherwise, you may find it a downer. --Aidin Vaziri
Top Customer Reviews
"Analyze Me," "Talk To Me," and Carriage For Two."
The duet with PJ Harvey on "Broken Homes," is very pretty.
The only song that doesn't really work for me is the closer "Record Companies." Tricky constantly seems obsessed with the fact that he has a deal. Hey Tricky we all know you have a record deal we bought the album, so give it a rest. It could be one of the reasons Island dropped him after the disappointing Juxtapose that clocked in at just over 30 minutes.
Maxinquaye and Premillenium Tension are also essentials if you appreciate experimental mood productions.
Unfortunately, "AWDF" is one of the records to suffer from inconsistency. There's quite a number of songs you aren't likely to withstand but you also face tracks which should never have been released in the first place.
"Money Greedy" is an exciting opener in spite of its depressing lyrics. The guitars are rumbling against Tricky's accusing mutterings when an incredibly relaxed background vocal tune nearly turns the song on its head. This is what I call "Tricky's soulful rage", an attribute he deserves like no other artist. This soulful rage is what makes "Broken Homes" and "Six Minutes" so excellent, adorned with beautiful female vocals by PJ Harvey and Tricky's long-time collaborator Martina Topley Bird.
I resent, however, that this formula isn't used by Tricky on some of the other songs on "AWDF". "The Moment I Feared" is the worst cover he ever released, "Tear Out My Eyes" is just dull, and "Record Companies" displays so much lack of inspiration that it's likely to be the track you'll never listen to in complete.
To the listener's relief, the few unlistenable tracks never come close to dominate this album. One can't deny that Martina saves songs which would have been plain boring, like "Analyze Me" and "Talk To Me", but "Mellow" and "Singing The Blues" are plain brilliant. Which lyrics would suit Tricky better than "She makes me feel like moving" ? That's truly remarkable of the album, you only FEEL like moving. On "Singing The Blues", Martina's doing what she does the best: singing the blues. "Demise" is unbelievably sweet in its melancholy.Read more ›
Anyway, "Angels With Dirty Faces", just has an unshakable studio-created vibe. One that doesn't transcend the boards into any life or other direction. This is clearly and only the work of a drugged studio head. In other words, if you're not under the influence of any illegal drug, then this music will not appeal to you. (Maybe that's what I should do to unscracth the Tricky mystique!).
"AWDF" is self-indulgence, distortion, and the heavy tiring reverbation that's become Mr. Thaws' stock in trade from the Maxinquaye days. Martina Topley-Bird gives a ghostly, wry, British vocal quality to the tracks especially on "Carriage For Two". Martina gives a chilling reading of Billie Holliday's "God Bless The Child". It sounds vintage yet spacey. Like Holliday channelling a space age crooner. Very intriguing.
The second moment that gives "AWDF" more structure is "Broken Homes". Guest star, PJ Harvey(yet another critically acclaimed artist who I'm not too big into) gives a wispy, white soul vocal(imagine Dusty Springfield singing teary eyed) to the backing of a belting Black chruch choir. It sounds bizarre, trans-Atlantic, and twisted all at once. It's fascinating. This is what Tricky's sound is touted to be and he delivers. If only the rest of the album had you shaking AND scratching your head like that.
"Record Companies" is unlistenable.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Tricky...obviously tired of people constantly referencing his first album "Maxinquaye", distances this album from that album by stripping back on the production, raising the level... Read morePublished on Oct. 30 2003 by fetish_2000
If you can't deal with boundries being pushed, styles twisted, genres mashed, or your auditory senses challenged, you'll HATE this album. Read morePublished on March 22 2003 by B. Poelman
Tricky continues his experiments with beats, loops, samples and other studio wizardry. Being repetitive is still, as always, an integral part of the game (only some kinds of jazz... Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2002
To be honest, I couldn't really stand "Angels With Dirty Faces" until under the influence of marijuana. Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2002
It's good that there are artists like Tricky...pushing the envelopes of established genres to make experimental and innovative results... Read morePublished on May 30 2002 by S. R Robertson
Honestly, I was expecting better from Tricky with Angels with Dirty Faces. Pre-Millenium Tension and Maxinque were both really great albums but Angels with Dirty Faces seems to... Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2002 by Neel Aroon
OK...This is a great CD. !00% original tricky..nothing has changed. Just becausee he does not follow the usual bass line patterns of the genre..that does not make this CD bad. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2001 by shardul shah
This CD is trashbags. Period. Been a Tricky fan since Massive and I will tell you straight out that this voyage into the "unknown" really sucks. Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2001
It's hard to label this unique artist. This album reflects his roots and influences in hip-hop, Gospel, dub and rock without the extensive use of samples. Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2000 by funktion