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Japanese version feauturing a bonus 'Evoluton Revolution Love (Marlon:Maddog Remix)' and 'The Hawkman Is Coming.'
Since the release of his debut, Maxinquaye, Tricky fans have wondered when he would or could match the nightmarish splendor of that trip-hop masterpiece. Blowback may not entirely appease the Tricky faithful, but it is the Bristol innovator's most satisfying album in a while. With Maxinquaye's surreal sonics lurking around its edges, Blowback is wonderfully schizophrenic, cavorting through robotically muted ragga, surging funk rock, nauseous, sample-mangled ballads, and bizarre versions of songs like the 1930s standard "Your Name" and Nirvana's "Something in the Way." In fact, with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alanis Morrisette, Cyndi Lauper, and Live's Ed Kowalcyzk along for the ride, Blowback is Tricky's Tommy, delivered through the mouths and muscles of the stars.
Blowback blows up with the arena-rock anthem "Evolution Revolution Love," featuring Kowalcyzk's familiar croon, while Tricky sings backup in a maniacal murmur. The ragga songs, which are dank and claustrophobic, are upended by the queasy flash metal of "Bury the Evidence." Finally, the trudging programming and Japanese vocals on "A Song for Yukiko" make an enigmatic gurgle that sums up Tricky's beautiful, bewildering creation. --Ken Micallef
Top Customer Reviews
That being said, I believe this album is a very strong performance by Tricky and his guests, and I would hardily recommend it to anyone with tastes running along the lines of rock, reggae, or trip-hop. I bought this CD about a week ago and it hasn't left the player since.
Many CDs touting guest vocalists misuse the additions, just throwing in their efforts willy-nilly - they have (*insert famous person's name*) singing on their album, and that's all they care about. Unlike that scenario, there's a well-planned, conscientious effort on "BlowBack" to use the guest's talents in the wisest ways, orchestrating each vocalist's strengths like instruments in the right combination and place.
"Evolution Revolution Love" is a very catchy tune, and the duel between Ed Kowalcyzk and Hawkman's vocals, which are complete opposite styles, really sets it off. I'm very fond of "You Don't Wanna," a sexy song with a Eurythmics "Here Comes the Rain"-like bass line. Also, "Excess" and "Bury the Evidence" prove to be very interesting songs. The rest of the album is a veritable feast for the ears.
This CD's songs are so good and broadly cross so many different styles and genres, it sounds more like a greatest hits rather than a single effort. Great job!
He enlists quite a strong group of musicians to collaborate with him on this c.d.The first one is Alannis Morissette who appears on track 1.This song has a driving rhythm similar to 'Karmacoma'-with Tricky doing his fairly eerie rapping and the female vocalists arriving for a surprisingly catchy chorus.In fact the overall theme of this song tends to be quite strong and optimistic.Track 2 sees a collaboration with Hawkman-who appears several times on this c.d.-adding a Shaggy like Jamaican half-rap/vocal.The chorus is also quite catchy again.Instrumentally like many songs on this c.d.-it's heavy on the bass,full of synth effects and the odd piece of guitar vaguely threatening to get really,really loud.On track 3 he enlists the help of Ambersunshower to do the vocals-she appears several times on the c.d. also.Her vocals and Hawkman's rap dominates this song-almost drowning out the organ and guitar riffs which are repeated over and over.
Track 4 is the first of two songs which enlists the help of various members of Red Hot Chili Peppers.The sound is quite different-guitars blare out,the bass sounds quite New Orderish and Anthony Kiedis puts in a spell-binding performance.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I bought this cd because it is Tricky. I love all his solo albums because they are so unique and challenging. For me I don't like his collaborations and this is no exception. Read morePublished on June 22 2004 by Mr. E. E. Heisler
Personally, I think Tricky is insane for leaving Massive Attack, which is in my opinion the zenith of trip-hop. Tricky, however, has his moments. Read morePublished on March 2 2004
What prompts me to write this review is how so many of the previous reviewers select one or two tracks as their favorites and say the rest proves Tricky's decline -- yet the... Read morePublished on June 9 2003 by Daniel H. Bigelow
i bought the cd not knowing any of tricky's other cds, i got it because i heard evolution revolution love on the radio/and on vh1 and i fell in love with the song. Read morePublished on March 9 2003 by justin6128
this is getting embarrasing. i am no longer a tricky fan. how can you remain a fan of a man who releases four terrible albums back to back.
'maxinquaye' was a work of art. Read more
Tricky was an innovator of Trip Hop Music. Not only did he make it, he pioneered the Blue print for others to come along. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2003 by Arish
is it wrong to like this kind of music? does it certify me as a full blown psycho. i dont know but this guy is great.
he purposely tries to not be prolific. Read more
I was really looking forward to this album, sadly it just didnt stand up to the repeated listening test that all his other albums have passed with flying colors. Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2002 by MIKE WARBURTON
This ain't Tricky. In fact it's not challenging at all. In the liner notes he says he wants this album played on radio stations, and that he's basically sorry for producing the... Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2002 by Uh huh.