Knowle West Boy

  • Record Label: Domino
  • Release Date: Sep 9, 2008
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 80
    Tricky is back with his best album in at least a decade.
  2. Knowle West Boy shows that regardless of era, Tricky does his thing and does it well.
  3. It not only re-establishes him as a pioneer, but as an engaging personae who isn't hiding behind his sonic palette anymore; his music is all the better for it.
  4. Knowle West Boy marks a long-overdue return to form from one of the founding fathers of trip-hop.
  5. Knowle still offers a diverse evocation of his childhood in the proverty-riddled district of the title. [12 Sep 2008]
  6. Knowle West Boy is a survey of Tricky’s sonic versatility--straightforward rock and oppressive, moody atmospherics all have a home here--and it is frequently gorgeous.
  7. This is pure Tricky; sometimes at his near-best, sometimes coasting, but always unique.
  8. There are many memorable tracks here, but you still can't help missing the scratchy textures and humid atmosphereics of "Maxinquaye" and "Pre-millennium Tension." [July 2008, p.60]
  9. It's variety that makes this Tricky's best since his 1995 debut, Maxinquaye.
  10. Perhaps it’s not a full home run--it’s good, but more a retrenchment than a bold step forward. That’s OK, however.
  11. 70
    The music, coproduced by M.I.A. confederate Switch, warps and wanders too, from rock-rap to dancehall to new wave to folk.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. CianH.
    Sep 10, 2008
    8
    Definitely his best since Maxinquaye and if anybody says otherwise they're lying. Overall it's a very enjoyable record that never Definitely his best since Maxinquaye and if anybody says otherwise they're lying. Overall it's a very enjoyable record that never stays static, there's a great variety of sound. I saw him play live about two months ago, best gig I've ever been to, so intimate. Comes highly recommended. Full Review »
  2. Feb 20, 2012
    7
    Arguably Tricky's best release, post-2000, and its not difficult to see why. Tracks like 'Past Mistake' and 'Council Estate' embed anArguably Tricky's best release, post-2000, and its not difficult to see why. Tracks like 'Past Mistake' and 'Council Estate' embed an assortment of new and old Tricky, yet the material is just not quite at the level it should be. Nevertheless, this is an album where you can breathe a sigh of relief, Tricky isn't over yet... Full Review »