Tricky – False Idols


If you’ve listened to Tricky before you know what to expect from this. Recontextualized interpolations of an eclectic collection of artists’ material interspersed with moody/morose drum beats comprise most of the material here, harkening back to a somewhat poppier version of Maxinquaye. It appears that by now Tricky has completely purged himself of the vaguely corporate sounding butt-rock that plagued albums like Blowback and Vulnerable and has reacquainted himself with his trip-hop roots, while being somewhat influenced by current R&B trends. “Nothing Matters” is slick horn-and-string driven track reminiscent of the 90s, and “Bonnie and Clyde” sounds like a modernized version of Tricky’s old sound. Also of note is “Parenthesis,” a cover of The Antlers’ “Parentheses” that features Peter Silberman and, while being a cover of a strong song by The Antlers, is functionally and practically identical to the original. One wonders why Tricky bothered including it on the album at all. False Idols is far from perfect, opening with “Somebody’s Sins,” an uninspired reading of Patti Smith’s verses from “Gloria,” and penultimate track “Hey Love” features Tricky obnoxiously rapping over a beat cobbled together from samples of Japan’s “Ghosts.” All in, False Idols is uneven but provides a nostalgic experience for those pining for the glory days of trip-hop. (False Idols/!K7, Topher Duguay

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