Knowle West Boy

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  • Summary: The British rapper's eighth album was named in part after the area he grew up in.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
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  1. 80
    Tricky is back with his best album in at least a decade.
  2. 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.
  3. Knowle still offers a diverse evocation of his childhood in the proverty-riddled district of the title. [12 Sep 2008]
  4. 70
    The music, coproduced by M.I.A. confederate Switch, warps and wanders too, from rock-rap to dancehall to new wave to folk.
  5. It’s as accessible as his debut, that much is true – Tricky’s welcomed the pop infection that’s spread through his system since the bleak Angels With Dirty Faces – but it lacks a standout single voice.
  6. 60
    Worth the wait, Knowles West Boy provides a uniquely varied soundscape from an equally enigmatic musicmaker. [Jul/Aug 2008, p.87]
  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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  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. Expand
  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... Collapse