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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
It's clear from the guest artists on this album (Lauper and members of Live and Red Hot Chili Peppers, for instance) that this is Tricky's attempt to get back on the charts after dimming enthusiasm for his follow-ups to his trip-hop classic Maxinquaye. I am not one of those who think that it's automatically bad to seek popularity and approachability. One of the great things about the Beatles, for instance, was the way Paul's commercial instincts counterbalanced John's introspective artiness. Too much desire to be loved and you end up with sap like Silly Love Songs, it's true -- but too much artiness gets you Revolution Number 9. I was one of those who loved Maxinquaye, but could not follow Tricky farther into his artistic vision than that. I did not enjoy his later albums; they struck me as increasingly harsh, tuneless, and incomprehensible, though I knew they were true to Tricky's vision and sounded just the way he wanted them to sound. I think Tricky's attempt to meet his audience halfway actually improved his work here -- it certainly improved my enjoyment of it.Read more ›
'Blowback' contains some beautiful Tricky songs with even more collaborations than the 'Nearly God' project. First of all I'd like to mention Hawkman, the reggae rapper without whom I couldn't imagine this album. He sings 'Diss Never' into one of my favorite songs ever. The single 'Evolution Revolution Love' would be a great songs if not the exaggerated chorus of Ed Kowalczyk, but the superb Tricky-Hawkman cooperation makes it a good listen. I feel like I'm gonna miss Hawk on Tricky's next album if he won't be there.
However, it were the tracks 'Excess' 'A Song For Yukiko' and 'Five Days' which I listened to when I decided to buy Tricky's debut, 'Maxinquaye'. Especially the moody song with the Japanese vocals is made exactly for saying good night. As I said,
I love the Pepper songs here though they are a bit 'Peppers'.
For being fair I'd like to say that after listening to Tricky's other albums, I miss Martina, the female singer, very much. Ambersunshower has a good voice but I think no other female singer is able to give you such beautiful moments like Martina. But the world changes and I can't complain about it.
'Blowback' is a quality album that may have won some new Tricky fans like me.
I'm not the kind of person who listens to this kind of music very often (just look at my other reviews) but I'll give anything a chance and here, I was not dissapointed. Loading up a bunch of guest-stars can be a risky move for any artist, but here it's all executed very well. Each guest handles their parts very well, and if you didn't know that they were on it, you might have trouble believing that's who it is.
I have to say that of the 13 tracks on "Blowback", there isn't a weak spot here. There is a wide variety of styles covered here and each track is atmospherical and just, well...kinda cool. I don't know the early stuff that well, but I will say that if you're new to Tricky (like me) then pick this album up.
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
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.
If you expect this album to be as beautiful and truly genius as Maxinquaye, then you should really think again. Read morePublished on June 19 2002