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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 17, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: August 17, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Island Records
  • Run Time: 35 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000JWNY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,959 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Juxtapose by Tricky

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Bristol shaman Tricky (Adrian Thawes) is one of today's odder and more inspired artists. His 1995 debut, Maxinquaye, revealed an eccentric sensibility at play, creating nightmarishly gorgeous tracks such as "Overcome," contrasted by a raucous Smashing Pumpkins sample on the chorus to the brooding "Pumpkin." A little guy with a wicked grin, Tricky is the trip-hop equivalent of Stanley Kubrick, at once original and clever, yet as dark and gloomy as his spliff-produced smoke rings. With rappers DJ Muggs (from Cypress Hill) and Grease, Juxtapose is streetwise, yet largely missing Tricky's hallucinogenic imagery. On "For Real" Tricky mutters "Some families have to live for real / I don't have to, I've got my record deal" over an itchy blues thump. A classical guitar melody begins "Contradictive," as Tricky grouses about "Mickey Mouse" and spouts "You a hardcore loving machine." "She Said" sounds conspicuously like an Underworld track, especially its lyrics. "I Like the Girls" features Muggs in a hilarious rap about lesbians, whip cream, and group sex. The raps grow more wicked on "Hot Like a Sauna" with the mumbled lines "Wanna be like Jeffrey Dahmer" and "Every day like Hanukkah." "Call Me" and "Wash Away" recall Tricky of old, with groggy vocals and Caribbean-tinged grooves creating wonderfully queasy tableaus. Tricky continues to evolve at his own irascible pace, a riddle always about to reveal itself. His journey remains equally fascinating and frustrating. --Ken Micallef

Customer Reviews

Its just plain awful.
I don't mind if you don't like 'I Like The Girls' but 'Hot Like a Sauna' is just as good as 'Bom Bom Diggy'.
Overall - this is one of Tricky's best albums.
Nicky P

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sean McDonald on August 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Tricky, who has always admitted to hating the term trip-hop, has tried to etch out his own musical niche ever since leaving the groundbreaking band Massive Attack. On Juxtapose, Tricky does not completely distance himself from that musical philosophy (lo-fi trip-hop?), but he does offer his own take on it. Tricky eschews some conventions and embraces others; the result is a record that feels as though it has a focus -- yet refuses to be in a hurry to find it. In typical fashion, Tricky weaves an assortment of lyrical styles ranging from jungle to rap to R&B. He doesn't forge much new ground lyrically, though, especially when touching upon well-worn ideas such as "keepin' it real" on " For Real" or women's sexual availability on " I Like Girls." Fortunately, he does avoid many rap/jungle axioms such as call-and-response, violence and (for the most part) boastfulness, as well as rap's straightforward, beat-oriented musical approach. Tricky effectively arranges vocals to supply the album's ebb and flow, whether rhyming/speaking with his own undiluted sexual growl of a voice or highlighting English junglist Mad Dog and female singers DNA and Kioka. The backbone of the record, however, is supplied through highly crafted yet uncomplicated pieces of music. Though Juxtapose lacks the experimental heart of DJ Spooky or Dr. Octagon, it is still compelling if not risky. By fusing atypical sounds from inconspicuous electric and acoustic guitars, strings, pianos and real drums with programmed, minimalist trip-hop beats, Tricky punctuates the overall organic texture of the record.Read more ›
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Elliott Cobb on November 25, 1999
Format: Audio CD
With assistance from his new friends, DJ Muggs and Dame Grease, Tricky's sound is mutated into a funkier,digestable mix of sounds. The album is totally intense with the crystal clear cut sound of "For Real" to the album climax, "Hot Like a Sauna" with an angry rapper Mad Dog and a sly singer Kioka. Other guest artists that are on the album include Bob Khaleel and D'na. The final track to the music is "Scrappy Love", a scary cut with a confused drum beat and wandering vocals. A jump away from previous Tricky albums but still a pleaser.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joe Kenney on January 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Tricky was apparently trying to make a more straightforward hip-hop album with Juxtapose than his usual "trip hop" output. The only problem is, he'd already made a straightforward hip-hop album three years before, and that one was much better. It was called Grassroots, and Amazon apparently doesn't offer it. I believe it might be out of print. But anyway, Grassroots was an EP that showed Tricky at his hip-hop best. It even had a different version of Pre-Milennium Tension's "Tricky Kid" and also Tricky's BEST ever straight-up hip hop song, "Heaven & Hell." The reviewer below who says "Bom Bom Diggy" is a great hip hop song needs to check out "Heaven & Hell." But anyway, I thought Juxtapose was great when it came out, but now that I've digested it for a while I think it sounds slightly rushed and inconsistent. It doesn't offer all that it could. I read somewhere that Tricky himself doesn't like Juxtapose that much. It isn't a bad album, it's just that it doesn't jolt you like Pre-Milennium and Maxinquaye did. And I also have a problem with Mad Dogg. The guy has skills, for sure, but I get sick of hearing his hundred-words-a-second flow on almost each and every song. He sounds to me like one of those early-'90s party-rap guys from down South, just with a British accent. I think what most annoys me is that he's apparently the replacement for Martina. In the old days Tricky himself would use his unique voice to rap some verses and then Martina would lay down the chorus; you can hear the perfect example of this in my still-favorite Tricky song "Christiansands." Now we get Tricky doing the verses and then Mad Dogg jumps out of nowhere and raps his head off.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I've been a big fan of Tricky since "Maxinquaye", and to be honest, I've always been more intrigued by his hip than his trip. So coming from that biased perspective, I believe this is one of Tricky's most engaging albums. I would rank it alongside "Pre-Millenium Tension," below "Maxinquaye" and above "Angels..." Hopefully that will give the Tricky fans a basis of comparison.
This would be a four-star rating, if it weren't for the incredible track "Bom Bom Diggy." That has got to be one of the gruffest and greatest hip-hop songs ever recorded, and certainly ranks with rap greats like Public Enemy and "Chronic"-era Dr. Dre in it's glaring originality and flat-out coolness. Other strong tracks include "Contradictive" and "Hot Like A Sauna." DJ Muggs and Grease contribute quite a lot of musical skill to the killer beats and smooth, rapid-fire flow of the music and vocals.
Very cool, above average record, with a great track that puts this in five-star territory. For Tricky fans and "true" hip-hop fans.
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