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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

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 26, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • ASIN: B00005LNH1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,303 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Daniel H. Bigelow VINE VOICE on June 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
What prompts me to write this review is how so many of the previous reviewers select one or two tracks as their favorites and say the rest proves Tricky's decline -- yet the reviews are all over the map on which couple of tracks are best. There appears to be a general trend in the direction of BlowBack being best in the early going and worse as it wears on, but lots of dissent even there, with some partisans of the Nirvana cover towards the end of the album, or the Cyndi Lauper collaboration even further on. Every part of BlowBack is somebody's favorite part and someone else's utter tripe. Tricky's still keeping us on our toes after all these years.
It's clear from the guest artists on this album (Lauper and members of Live and Red Hot Chili Peppers, for instance) that this is Tricky's attempt to get back on the charts after dimming enthusiasm for his follow-ups to his trip-hop classic Maxinquaye. I am not one of those who think that it's automatically bad to seek popularity and approachability. One of the great things about the Beatles, for instance, was the way Paul's commercial instincts counterbalanced John's introspective artiness. Too much desire to be loved and you end up with sap like Silly Love Songs, it's true -- but too much artiness gets you Revolution Number 9. I was one of those who loved Maxinquaye, but could not follow Tricky farther into his artistic vision than that. I did not enjoy his later albums; they struck me as increasingly harsh, tuneless, and incomprehensible, though I knew they were true to Tricky's vision and sounded just the way he wanted them to sound. I think Tricky's attempt to meet his audience halfway actually improved his work here -- it certainly improved my enjoyment of it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Robert Stribley on July 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Critics are calling Tricky�s new album Blowback his most accessible yet. This means, naturally, that some of 'em declare it his best album yet, while others declare he�s sold out. Hardly.
Sure the guests are more familiar: Chili Peppers, Ed Kowalczyk, Alanis Morissette, er, Cyndi Lauper, but the music is no less rhythmic, innovative, or menacing. Besides it�s the unintelligible, three-pack-a-day Rasta vocals of practical unknown Hawkman that really steal the show. When he chimes in with Tricky�s own asthmatic rasp on �Bury the Evidence,� a chill should rip right up your spine. The full-out-rock Chili Pepper/Tricky combo on �Girls� proves just as explosive. And "Evolution Revolution Love" could become Tricky's first American radio hit if anybody bothers to play it.
Lauper's appearance on "Five Days" is definitely worth a listen, too, as is Hawkman's bizarre rendition of the Nirvana tune, "Something in the Way." In the questionable category: Tricky and the Chili's adaptation of the Wonder Woman theme song. It's fun, but comes off kinda like Bozo the Clown wandering through a war movie.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eric on July 5, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Ever since the release of Maxinquaye, Tricky has been tinkering away at self-absorbed alienating music, drowning deeper into his dark landscapes and paranoid beats. At times, the songs were downright unlistenable. The fact is that there is experimental and then there is insanity. Tricky always toed the line, but during his last few releases it seemed as if he had finally jumped off the deep end. Yet throughout it all, his music was uniquely his - the forlorn diva lost admist the sounds of a post-armaggedon aftermath crooning after the dust had cleared. Even at its most alienating, Tricky maintained a dark aura of mystery and atmosphere. His music was expressionistic and visionary. Eventually, somewhere down the line, Tricky realized his work really wasn't paying off. And so "Blowback" was born - an album shamelessy aimed at the pop mainstream. To say Tricky sold out is a not only a stupid cliche, but its untrue. Tricky maintains his artistic integrity. The beats are in full effect along with Tricky's worn gruff voice. And some of the best parts of "Blowback" rival that of "Maxinquaye". But there's something missing. It feels as if the mystery and menace has been let out. Maybe its just that I've always been attracted to Tricky's dark and depressing facets of music. Either way, Tricky just seems like another great trip-hop artist now, rather than the visionary genius I used to regard him as. Its a FAR step above most mainstream stuff out there and I'll be glad if the Top 40 catches on to it, but its just not up to par with Tricky's earlier releases. Tricky's music seems constrained to pop conventions now- where before it was wildly unpredictable. "Excess" is an incredible opener that got my hopes very very high.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By stacey l johnson on November 14, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I mostly listen to classical and 50s-60s jazz music, and this CD is my intro to Tricky. I find most pop music boring, predictable, and repetitive, but I really enjoy this... very atmospheric and interesting.
I had a very different reaction than another reviewer to the song "Your Name": I think it's really touching--it gets stuck in my head and I like having it there. it reminds me of Mo singing with Velvet Underground, kind of.
oddly enough, the lyrics to one of the songs ("I believe in buildings tall... I believe disease is coming, I believe that's why I'm running") gave me such a strong and vivid premonition that 9.11 was like deja vu.
the evolution revolution song is great.
I have no problem with Tricky wanting radio play. does any musician record songs s/he honestly hopes not many people will listen to?
really good record.
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