Tricky - Maxinquaye
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Based on 8 reviews
1995 Ratings: #17 / 447
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Based on 212 ratings
1995 Ratings: #13
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Many critics theorize that the three pivotal albums of trip hop's inception were the debut albums from Massive Attack, Portishead, and Tricky. However, each of these three albums are vastly different with exceptionally diverse influences found among them. Listening to Tricky's debut record Maxinquaye, one might even be tempted to simply throw out the term trip hop entirely; if all these albums could somehow fall together under the same umbrella then they all might as well be genre-less, voiding ... read more
{SJO 24}

Maybe it's because the HUGE AS HELL barn doors on the cover but this reminded me of a cool neo-western future. Cowboys wearing Gucci trying to fight and evil robotic cattle rancher. And Jeeeesus was there!

Tricky just has this suave energy in all their songs. Singing over like 3 samples at once making a really beautiful sounding album. It's just, OOH, this sounds really good!

At times all the sex songs can get kinda grating, but like...with an album this suave can you even really ... read more
Dare to enter the world of Maxinquaye and immediately you'll be challenged by its disarming charm: creeping beats, ambiguous words and intoxicated senses turn nightmares into dreams.
The thing is an accidental masterpiece I'm sure, because as much as Tricky has tried to follow the same blueprint never conjures up the same magic.

Still, it's a masterpiece so I'm sure he sleeps at night safe in that knowledge.
SJO4 Counter: 24

another SJO record that took a little bit to get used to. my only real experience with Trip Hop is with Gorillaz's earlier work, S/T and Demon Days, which are very different from the typical Portishead or Massive Attack style Trip Hop the genre is kind of known for. the woozy, slow, trippy soundscapes and beats that Tricky crafts here are really unlike anything i've ever sought out to listen to. and it took a few listens for me to understand the appeal. this record is a ... read more
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Track List

  1. Overcome 
  2. Ponderosa 
  3. Black Steel 
  4. Hell Is Round The Corner 
  5. Pumpkin 
  6. Aftermath 
  7. Abbaon Fat Tracks 
  8. Brand New You're Retro 
  9. Suffocated Love 
  10. You Don't 
  11. Strugglin' 
  12. Feed Me
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Added on: October 22, 2012