'Adrian Thaws' is a vivid, attention-grabbing set of songs which roamfrom hip hop to house, jazz to blues, rock to reggae. Itwas recorded in Tricky’s home studio in London, where he’s living again after almost two decades in New York, Los Angeles and Paris, and features an international crew of collaborators: Francesca Belmonte, Nneka, Mykki Blanco, Bella Gotti, Tirzah, Blue Daisy and Oh Land. It’s designed to be “I suppose this is my club/hip hop album,” he says.
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- Adrian Thaws by Tricky
Tricky. Oh Tricky. Makes a classic album and spends the next twenty fucking years chasing his tail like a lunatic trying to catch the essence of what made 'Maxinquaye' so wonderful. Maybe he's not trying. This is not as irredeemably awful as some of his direction-less long-playing stabs over the years. That one he did for Domino was laughable. He's been on nearly as many labels as Mark E Smith this Bristol boy! Opening with 'Sundown' which is a mediocre attempt to revive some of his moody skunk-obscured glory but, sadly, fails, it then ambles into 'Lonnie Listen' which features his dreadful ODB-esque slur, only redeemed by the sultry, languid female vocals which are succinctly paced to match his initial brace of timeless hits. Just let the ladies sing dude. Your voice is rubbish.
'Adrian Thaws' is a muddled beast of an album with some vibrant production and fresh contemporary touches but it all falls a little flat for me. Coffee table soul, twangy R'n'B and conscious hip-hop tropes abound, it's not at all a grating, unpleasant listen but ultimately feels a little bland and aimless. As long as he keeps his gob shut and leaves it to his stellar collection of talented co-vocalists (who are bound to steal the show) we have an album that's quite adequate for banging on to do the housework. You'll recall very little of its contents come the conclusion though. You can derive some pleasure from the lovely hard-back booklet full of intimate family/friends snaps from Tricky's archives. It's easily the most satisfying thing about this latest collection, unleashed by the European home-clubbing behemoth that is K7.
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