🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Tricky

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Leaderboard
Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
A Tribe Called Quest 4.56
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Alice Coltrane 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
John Coltrane 4.37
Beastie Boys 4.36
Scott Walker 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
The Temptations 4.32
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Leonard Cohen 4.30
Pixies 4.30
Boards Of Canada 4.28
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Fugazi 4.21
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Johnny Cash 4.19
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Four Tet 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Minutemen 4.12
The Four Tops 4.12
Pavement 4.12
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Orbital 4.11
Dinosaur Jr. 4.11
Jason Molina 4.10
De La Soul 4.10
Nick Drake 4.10
The Stooges 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Yo La Tengo 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Slowdive 4.07
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Burial 4.07
Autechre 4.06
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Joanna Newsom 4.02
Mclusky 4.02
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
MF DOOM 4.01
My Bloody Valentine 4.01
The Knife 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
Sharon Van Etten 4.00
The Roots 4.00
New Order 3.99
Frightened Rabbit 3.97
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Wilco 3.97
Robyn 3.96
Low 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
Built To Spill 3.94
Sigur Rós 3.93
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
Depeche Mode 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Arab Strap 3.91
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Janelle Monáe 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
The Twilight Sad 3.88
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Future Of The Left 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Siouxsie & The Banshees 3.83
Guided By Voices 3.82
Underworld 3.82
At The Drive-In 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
Deerhunter 3.81
Fucked Up 3.80
Run-D.M.C. 3.78
Young Fathers 3.78
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Trail Of Dead 3.76
Hüsker Dü 3.74
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
Nine Inch Nails 3.70
The Walkmen 3.70
The Avalanches 3.69
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
M.I.A. 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Fiona Apple 3.66
Neutral Milk Hotel 3.66
Soundgarden 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Solange 3.65
Cat Power 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Mercury Rev 3.63
Blur 3.61
The Magnetic Fields 3.61
N.W.A. 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
Hope Of The States 3.58
The Smiths 3.57
Sea Power 3.56
65daysofstatic 3.56
Sunn O))) 3.55
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Mew 3.54
Flying Lotus 3.54
Eels 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Roxy Music 3.51
Mastodon 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Hold Steady 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Jimmy Eat World 3.49
Explosions In The Sky 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Teenage Fanclub 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Bon Iver 3.43
Idlewild 3.42
The Fall 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
Big Thief 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
The Cooper Temple Clause 3.37
The Go! Team 3.36
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
George Harrison 3.34
Paul McCartney 3.33
Supergrass 3.32
Dr. Dre 3.32
Leftfield 3.32
Sepultura 3.32
Hole 3.31
Squarepusher 3.31
Iggy Pop 3.31
The Decemberists 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Misfits 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Vampire Weekend 3.26
Doves 3.26
Richard Hawley 3.25
Death Cab For Cutie 3.24
Laura Marling 3.24
James Brown 3.23
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
The Streets 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Pearl Jam 3.15
Motörhead 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Goldfrapp 3.14
Gorillaz 3.13
Snoop Dogg 3.13
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
Nas 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
St. Vincent 3.09
Animal Collective 3.07
T. Rex 3.07
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
The Charlatans 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
HAIM 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Divine Comedy 3.04
Everything Everything 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
System Of A Down 3.02
Wolf Alice 3.01
AC/DC 3.00
Frank Zappa 3.00
The Bee Gees 2.99
Art Brut 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Grimes 2.96
Garbage 2.96
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
The Mars Volta 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Tool 2.88
The Coral 2.88
Paramore 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Happy Mondays 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
James 2.78
Foals 2.76
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Alanis Morissette 2.75
Miley Cyrus 2.73
John Lennon 2.73
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
The Verve 2.67
Fatboy Slim 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Faithless 2.63
The Levellers 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
The Police 2.59
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
My Chemical Romance 2.54
Justin Timberlake 2.52
The Maccabees 2.52
Editors 2.51
Little Mix 2.49
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Meat Loaf 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Linkin Park 2.41
Cher 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Jamie T 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
IDLES 2.29
The 1975 2.28
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
Travis 2.25
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Katy Perry 2.18
Panic! At The Disco 2.16
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
Christina Aguilera 2.09
Paul Weller 2.09
The Offspring 2.08
Moby 2.06
Ringo Starr 2.06
Adele 2.05
Aerosmith 2.03
Korn 2.03
Drake 2.02
Kings Of Leon 2.01
The Libertines 1.99
Fall Out Boy 1.96
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Eagles 1.86
McFly 1.85
Limp Bizkit 1.82
The Spice Girls 1.81
Take That 1.76
Stereophonics 1.74
Busted 1.74
KISS 1.73
Morrissey 1.69
Kasabian 1.57
Ed Sheeran 1.29

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  • Maxinquaye
  • Nearly God
  • Pre-Millennium Tension
  • Angels With Dirty Faces
  • Juxtapose
  • Blowback
  • Vulnerable
  • Knowle West Boy
  • Mixed Race
  • False Idols
  • Adrian Thaws
  • Skilled Mechanics
  • Ununiform
  • Fall To Pieces

0 voters

  • Aftermath
  • Ponderosa
  • Overcome
  • Black Steel
  • Hell Is Round The Corner
  • Pumpkin
  • I Be The Prophet EP
  • Poems
  • Christiansands
  • Tricky Kid
  • Makes Me Wanna Die
  • Money Greedy
  • Broken Homes
  • For Real
  • Bom Bom Diggy
  • Hot Like A Sauna
  • Mission Accomplished EP
  • Evolution Revolution Love
  • You Don’t Wanna
  • Mixed Up Faces
  • Antimatter
  • How High
  • Council Estate
  • Slow
  • Puppy Toy
  • C’mon Baby
  • Murder Weapon
  • Ghetto Stars
  • Time To Dance
  • Nothing’s Changed
  • Nothing Matters
  • Parenthesis
  • Beijing To Berlin
  • 20,20

0 voters

He can have a 5

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His career is pretty much the definition of uneven. When it’s good it’s very good indeed, but there are whole swathes of albums on that list that don’t exist. Remember buying Maxinquaye on tape and being excited that the cassette was red. And +1 for sampling Blade Runner

This is an excellent long(ish) read on the making of Maxinquaye. Think I may have posted it before but relevancy trumps repetition

One of those where 3 feels harsh and 4 generous, going to have a listen and a ponder

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5 I’ll try to post later

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That article is so good. Really interesting stuff.

Tricky can have a 2 though. A few great songs but so much boring ones. And he comes across as a wanker.

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Maxinquaye is an all time classic, obviously.

Subsequent albums can be a bit patchy - but there’s still a lot to love.

His autobiography, Hell Is Round The Corner, is a really, really good read FYI.

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Big old meh

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Gone with a four. Maxinquaye and Pre-Millenium Tension are both all-timers, and I remember really liking Skilled Mechanics from 2016. I’m not that well versed with the rest of his stuff.

Also, the 12" of Black Steel came with a poster of the cover-art. The one time I did drugs, the poster was winking at me and it freaked me right out. This does not affect my score, but it is something I will always remember.

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I remember vividly the bitter disappointment that Tricky was the single guest on her Glastonbury set.

I had no idea he’d released so many albums. I’ve only heard Maxinquaye and I’ve not heard that for many years so will abstain.

  1. If he’d released Maxinquaye and then never done anything else it’d probably be a five.
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90% of his stuff is god awful and he’s boring as shit live. Early stuff is great, but if you’re judging his entire output not sure it can be higher than a 2.

Everything I’ve heard is a 4… but I understand there is a lot of rubbish and Maxinque was almost 30 years ago. Feels harsh to mark down for stuff I haven’t heard though.

Poems is also a standout - perhaps the bleakest 4 minutes of music that exists anywhere.

4 (generously rounded from 3.5)

Was pretty obsessed with Maxinquaye when it came out and enjoyed the next 3 albums to a lesser degree, all good but very challenging albums that can test the listeners patience somewhat. Having said that I went back to them not that long ago and was surprised how much I enjoyed them. Should probably give them more time.

Juxtapose then came out at a time when I thought I was done with him but I loved it, an absolute blast of an album. Think it’s a real lost gem.

I haven’t listened past that, I guess Juxtapose just felt like a positive place to leave it.

3 or 4, not sure.

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Gah. That’s a hard one. Maxinquaye and Pre Millennium Tension are just so unique and superb, I absolutely adore them. There are flashes of brilliance after that (I liked Juxtapose) but an awful lot of ho hum too.

3.5.

3 from me with the same reasoning. Excellent early work with Massive Attack, one amazing solo album 27 years ago and practically nothing to show after that.

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There’s some really good stuff on the Nearly God album too (with Bjork, Neneh Cherry etc - a reminder of his pulling power at the time).

But definitely after the most brilliant start his output went tits up after Juxtapose.

Still a 5 for the genius of his early work.

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The first two albums are outstanding and everything he released up until Blowback was at very least interesting.

Him learning to to use the equipment properly or being able to pay people to come and help him ruined him as an artist. Although obviously his split with Martina didn’t help either.

If anyone gets a chance to see the documentary C4 made in the late 90s, it’s very good; as is the live footage from Paris they shot too. The documentary is available on the Ruff Guide DVD (also probably YouTube) but the live show is not (probably YouTube).

‘Black Coffee’ from Nearly God is one of my all time favourites of any artist ever:

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