The Tricky Kid Grows Up
As part of the Bristol collective that designed what we call â€šÃ„Ãºtrip-hopâ€šÃ„Ã¹, Tricky carved out a name for himself by layering dark, atmospheric soundscapes with raspy, haunting vocals. He felt almost like a hip-hop Vincent Price leading you on a journey through a trip-hop haunted house. Trickyâ€šÃ„Ã´s newest creation, Vulnerable, is not quite like his previous efforts (most notably his groundbreaking debut Maxinquaye) but still keeps the same ambience of a demented and ingenious mind hard at work.Tricky may be brilliant when heâ€šÃ„Ã´s hard at work in the lab but one has to wonder what he was thinking when he decided to recreate XTCâ€šÃ„Ã´s â€šÃ„ÃºDear God.â€šÃ„Ã¹ Although the song is sad in itself, Tricky doesnâ€šÃ„Ã´t seem to do any justice (and quite frankly not any harm either) to the song. Itâ€šÃ„Ã´s almost as if he was singing along to the song while driving and happened to record it in the process. The albumâ€šÃ„Ã´s angriest song is quite possibly itâ€šÃ„Ã´s strongest. â€šÃ„ÃºHow Highâ€šÃ„Ã¹ delivers a raw and industrial sound that hints at another brilliant â€šÃ„Ã¬ and darker â€šÃ„Ã¬ creation: Nine Inch Nailsâ€šÃ„Ã´ The Downward Spiral. Trickyâ€šÃ„Ã´s newest creation could be a step in the right direction for this gifted musician but judging from Vulnerableâ€šÃ„Ã´s many weaknesses, heâ€šÃ„Ã´s going to have to try a lot harder.