Skilled Mechanics

Tricky - Skilled Mechanics
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2016 Ratings: #399 / 760
User Score
Based on 38 ratings
2016 Ratings: #549
January 22, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
False Idols / Label
Trip Hop, Art Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
The Line of Best Fit

Twenty one years since his Mercury Prize nominated debut solo album Maxinquaye emerged, Tricky may have finally delivered one that can stand proudly equal alongside it.

80
AllMusic

The whole thing comes off as an imaginary Tricky radio station where the DJ plays his own stuff and mixes himself into other artist's tracks, so if alternate views and unclassifiable collections are desired, Skilled Mechanics isn't a lark or a side project but a necessity.

80
No Ripcord

Skilled Mechanics is an intelligent, pertinent piece of work that shows just how fresh the ideas of Thaws remain.

70
Drowned in Sound
Beats the last one ... more hummable tunes, less questionable stances.
60
The Guardian

Despite these mis-hits, Skilled Mechanics seethes with low-level, lo-fi menace, its spare instrumentation creating an unsettling queasiness that will have been familiar to Tricky’s admirers since 1995’s Maxinquaye.

56
Resident Advisor

Those few powerful moments are the exception rather than the norm. Their rawness is an essential element that could have lent Skilled Mechanics the sort of organic, internalized anxiety that once defined Tricky

acidfreecookies
85
Tricky is all about combining a dark, enveloping atmosphere with driven, powerful beats and melodies - and he almost entirely succeeds on this album. It's unsettling, it's impactful, it's memorable. It's just very good.
Guigss
82
The ones with the beats are the essential tracks here. "Necessary" is a dark trip-hop hymn.
nostar
60
Not impressed. I expected more.
tha138
61
Tricky's latest project, Skilled Mechanics, finds him in front of a Berlin station, waiting for his friends to complete his unfinished sentences.
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Track List

  1. I'm Not Going (feat. Oh Land)
  2. Hero
  3. Don't Go
  4. Beijing to Berlin (feat. Ivy)
  5. Diving Away
  6. Boy
  7. Bother
  8. How's Your Life
  9. Here My Dear
  10. We Begin (feat. Francesca Belmonte)
  11. Well
  12. Necessary (feat. Milo)
  13. Unreal
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