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Out-of-print in the US. Universal.
Bristol shaman Tricky (Adrian Thawes) is one of today's odder and more inspired artists. His 1995 debut, Maxinquaye, revealed an eccentric sensibility at play, creating nightmarishly gorgeous tracks such as "Overcome", contrasted by a raucous Smashing Pumpkins sample on the chorus to the brooding "Pumpkin". A little guy with a wicked grin, Tricky is the trip-hop equivalent of Stanley Kubrick, at once original and clever, yet as dark and gloomy as his spliff-produced smoke rings. With DJ Muggs (from Cypress Hill) and rapper Grease, Juxtapose is streetwise, yet largely missing Tricky's hallucinogenic imagery. On "For Real" Tricky mutters "Some families have to live for real / I don't have to, I've got my record deal" over an itchy blues thump. A classical guitar melody begins "Contradictive", as Tricky grouses about "Mickey Mouse" and spouts "You a hardcore loving machine." "She Said" sounds conspicuously like an Underworld track, especially its lyrics. "I Like the Girls" features Muggs in a hilarious rap about lesbians, whip cream, and group sex. The raps grow more wicked on "Hot Like a Sauna" with the mumbled lines "Wanna be like Jeffrey Dahmer" and "Every day like Hanukkah". "Call Me" and "Wash Away" recall Tricky of old, with groggy vocals and Caribbean-tinged grooves creating wonderfully queasy tableaux. Tricky continues to evolve at his own irascible pace, a riddle always about to reveal itself. His journey remains equally fascinating and frustrating. --Ken Micallef
Top Customer Reviews
Overall, I'd say this is a great "rock" record in that Tricky succeeds in taking the styles of Muggs/Grease and blending them with his own mutant approach to music-making. That's what it is: a mutation. Fans of Maxinquaye and PMT may not enjoy Juxtapose, as it's not entirely innovative or groundbreaking, but it does offer good variations of the mutant rock that Tricky helped invent.
For Tricky fans,though, it's a must-buy. Every Tricky album has something special in it, so does Juxtapose. The songs where Tricky's rapping alone are a beautiful experience and the Maddog collaborations only completes it. 'Scrappy Love', 'For Real', 'She Said' and 'Contradictive' are songs I like the best because they calm me down. You simply can't deny Tricky's brilliance and believe me, it's not absent on Juxtapose. The Maddog part in 'Bom Bom Diggy' makes the song even better. I don't mind if you don't like 'I Like The Girls' but 'Hot Like a Sauna' is just as good as 'Bom Bom Diggy'. The female singer spoils the song a bit and there's the weakest part in 'Juxtapose'. After listening to 'Blowback' I'd say Tricky hasn't found the appropriate descendant for Martina. I would recommend Nelly Furtado, she's got an impressive voice asking for perfect arrangements that Tricky has to offer. Listen to their collaboration 'The Harder They Come' on Paul Oakenfold's album Bunkka and you certainly won't disagree with me.
As a conclusion, Juxtapose is maybe not Tricky's finest album, but I still recommend it. I don't think Tricky is able to disappoint his true fans. And finally a question to those 'fans' who miss Tricky's trip-hop tunes and hate Juxtapose: Is that right that you're Tricky fans and not trip-hop's (a style that doesn't even exist)?
Most recent customer reviews
Despite its relatively short length, this is top drawer Tricky, along with everything else pre MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2002
Get this if you like pretentious self absorbed whack vocals over pretty good beats (mainly because of Muggs). Tricky tries to talk like he's an innovator, but he's just a ... Read morePublished on July 19 2001 by d! Infinite
I've been a big fan of Tricky since "Maxinquaye", and to be honest, I've always been more intrigued by his hip than his trip. Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2000 by Amazon Customer
Tricky, who has always admitted to hating the term trip-hop, has tried to etch out his own musical niche ever since leaving the groundbreaking band Massive Attack. Read morePublished on Aug. 21 2000 by Sean McDonald
I hadn't really listened to trick until Juxtapose came out and I'm glad to have discovered him. He is very original and I haven't heard anything like him before. Read morePublished on June 13 2000 by Mike
I've never heard Tricky before this album but I heard he has done some great trip-hop/downtempo type stuff, both I which I like. Read morePublished on March 25 2000
i am a very serious fan of Tricky, and usually i don't complain about any cd but this one is extremely sold out. even DJ Muggs, one of the collaborators doesn't like this cd. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2000 by morgasmo