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Tricky ~ Pre-Millennium Tension
Pre-Millennium Tension picks up where the first album, Maxinquaye, left off, but this CD fulfils the promise of Tricky's unbounded spontaneity and fondness for sonic digression. Abandoning the accessible pop of Maxinquaye, Pre-Millennium Tension serves up a beguiling array of sound effects, electro distortion and fragmented lyrics that amount to a rich--if bizarre-musical montage. As suggested by its title, this disc zeros in on a kind of end-of-the-millennium disruption of classifiable sound. With its cross-pollination of hip-hop, cabaret balladry, background textures, and disjointed arrangements, Pre-Millennium Tension takes a peek at the future of pop music and declares it will be nothing like we expect. --Nick Heil
Top Customer Reviews
Pre-Millennial Tension is certainly not thrash punk in the tradition of anthemic slam-dance Southern California skate-punk-rock, but there is clearly, not so hidden in these industrial beats - an agenda of sheer lawlessness and societal disregard. To me, Tricky is much scarier than the clearly more financially successful but nonetheless plodding "butt-rock" hysteria music fashioned by the likes of Marilyn Manson. Tricky is dangerous not because he is angry but because he is smart. Yes, this is angry music, not intended for the kids at daycare! This is also an extremely bouncing and beautiful collection of noise, drum breaks, tape loops and ghetto sounds. Sure, there is a quiet brooding rage laid down in the eleven tracks of this disc but just wait a second, relax -- turn up the volume -- now listen closely, this music is actually an intensely powerful and prophetic mission statement and diatribe intended surely for the pre-millenial-post-modern-neo-rap-urban-designed-surburban-consumed-brandname-obsessed-satellite-fed-MTV-dancehall-reggae-hiphop-next-century-global-village-digitally-grown nation of pop music fans. This one's a winner!
Plus it has a good beat and you can dance to it! END
It begins with "Vent". This is one of the best tracks ive ever heard. It's a "call and response-type" track featuring his trusty sidekick, Martine. The rest of the album is full of interesting surprises (Ghetto Youth, Bad Dream, My Evil is Strong, etc.). It seems Tricky mastered the formula for his trippy sound. He finally lays it down here.
PMT is not a very accessable record, but it is full of infectious rhythms, trippy melodies and vocals, and the marred voice of the man himself. This album is not recommended for those who want easy hooks, but for those who want to teach their brain new things.
Most recent customer reviews
This CD confirms for me that the 90s was probably the greatest decade for music in terms of freshness, creativity and inventivness. The triphop scene especially. Read morePublished on Dec 15 2003
I think this is one of Tricky's better albums but is usually snubbed when i mention it to people.This is probably his darkest and most intense work, making it all the more... Read morePublished on Dec 9 2003 by Philip Byrne
I don't know what it is. I can't quite explain it. Every time I listen to PMT though I feel it. The songs are like a vaccum, they move through you and fill you with a void. Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2003 by Shanghaied
This is my favorite downbeat album, beating out portishead and massive attack. The track "tricky kid" is worth the whole CD. Read morePublished on March 2 2003 by Pam Cash
I can understand why some people can't really get into this whole album. A lot of it is really out there and doesn't vibe to beats you can really nod your head to. Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2002
Having already bought 'Maxinquaye' and 'Blowback', I decided my next Tricky album should be 'Pre-Millenium Tension'. Read morePublished on June 8 2002 by MUSIC LOVER
I think you could buy this album solely for the track "Makes Me Wanna Die." This song is one of the best tracks written in the 90s - a deceptively simple song, but listening to it... Read morePublished on April 27 2002
Following his acclaimed first album, Maxinquaye, tricky redefines himslef in Pre-Millenium Tension. Using dark undertones and a unique style of downtempo, vocals, and rap, he... Read morePublished on March 20 2002