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Audio, Cassette, July 30, 2001
Since the release of his debut, Maxinquaye, Tricky fans have wondered when he would or could match the nightmarish splendor of that trip-hop masterpiece. Blowback may not entirely appease the Tricky faithful, but it is the Bristol innovator's most satisfying album in a while. With Maxinquaye's surreal sonics lurking around its edges, Blowback is wonderfully schizophrenic, cavorting through robotically muted ragga, surging funk rock, nauseous, sample-mangled ballads, and bizarre versions of songs like the 1930s standard "Your Name" and Nirvana's "Something in the Way." In fact, with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alanis Morrisette, Cyndi Lauper, and Live's Ed Kowalcyzk along for the ride, Blowback is Tricky's Tommy, delivered through the mouths and muscles of the stars.
Blowback blows up with the arena-rock anthem "Evolution Revolution Love," featuring Kowalcyzk's familiar croon, while Tricky sings backup in a maniacal murmur. The ragga songs, which are dank and claustrophobic, are upended by the queasy flash metal of "Bury the Evidence." Finally, the trudging programming and Japanese vocals on "A Song for Yukiko" make an enigmatic gurgle that sums up Tricky's beautiful, bewildering creation. --Ken Micallef
Sadly, this is the second album I have ever actually deleted from my collection (of over 1000 albums). Ultimately this album just lacks any musical sensibility at all. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Thembi
This is probably hands down my favorite Tricky CD.
I know many people don't like it because of the guest vocalists but I think it really adds something cool to the mix. Read more
In the description, there is supposed to be two bonus tracks. What I received was a nice digipack cd with a sticker on the front that stated that there were two bonus tracks. Read morePublished on November 4, 2012 by Jim
But with that being said it's not a terrible CD from start to finish, The first track, Excess (which has been featured in a number of early 2000's horror films) is one of his... Read morePublished on November 15, 2011 by D. Borkowski
With his sixth major release, Tricky had officially hammered his own nail on relevancy, offering a luke-warm, seldom effective, and lazily developed foray into... Read more
This CD is my all-time favorite by Tricky. I listen to this CD the most! on my mp3 player, cd player, laptop, you name it! I love this CD! THERE's NOthing LIKE IT! Read morePublished on January 19, 2009 by Odette A. Escalona
on tricky's album blowback , he pairs himself with the likings of anthony keidis and flea of the red hot chili peppers, ed kowalcyzk of live, alanis morissette and even cyndi... Read morePublished on June 20, 2006 by musicisart
I approach this album basically the way I approach Blood Sugar Sex Magik or Ten or something along those lines, in other words a pop/rock record. Read morePublished on March 12, 2006 by resident_out_of_touch