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  • Summary: The British rapper's eighth album was named in part after the area he grew up in.
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. Knowle still offers a diverse evocation of his childhood in the proverty-riddled district of the title. [12 Sep 2008]
  4. Perhaps it’s not a full home run--it’s good, but more a retrenchment than a bold step forward. That’s OK, however.
  5. There is a static-y scratchy cackle running through Knowles West Boy that gives ut the energy of a classic reggae record and a post modern work at the same time. But then at the same time, there is a just-recently-became-dated tone to Knowles West Boy that feels like Tricky is trying to scramble onto trendy bandwagons. [Fall 2008, p.84]
  6. 60
    It's not a groundbreaking record, largely because Tricky himself broke most of the ground here 13 years ago. [Aug 2008, p.103]
  7. Butler might consider himself lucky he got out when he did, as Tricky’s ideas are scattered all over the place and Knowle West Boy is mostly a mess.

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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
    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. Expand
  2. Feb 20, 2012
    Arguably 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... Collapse