Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. By the end of the album, Tricky returns to acting on his worst impulses, stumbling through hackneyed sonics and wincing lyrics.
  2. This record is still an example of mediocrity.
  3. So, while this might not be Tricky at his total best, it may well be the best you're likely going to get out of him.
  4. Very much Tricky business as usual, the sound of a staggering talent laid-up with the longest case of musical flu in history.
  5. Under The Radar
    Vulnerable has a cheap sound and a cut and paste feel from beginning to end and is hard to shake. [#5, p.110]
  6. Filter
    Tricky hasn't planted his flag on any new territory, but he has gotten a stronger grasp of what has made him such an intriguing and important artist in the last decade. [#6, p.90]
  7. Uncut
    13 avant-pop gems evocative of Pere Ubu and Talking Heads. [Jun 2003, p.96]
  8. Blender
    He's a full-fledged alternative auteur, skipping effortlessly from hypnotic electronics to refracted torch songs to balls-out alt-rock. [Aug 2003, p.134]
  9. Urb
    The album bristles with a new urgency. [Sep 2003, p.100]
  10. Mojo
    Quirky, detail-rich arrangements nodding at dub and death metal. [Jun 2003, p.108]
  11. Vulnerable is Tricky's most accessible album since Maxinquaye, but it has neither that album's shock of the new nor its enduring appeal.
  12. Q Magazine
    The year-round sunshine [of new home L.A.] seems to have induced creative lethargy, sapping the adventure that elevated his last album. [Jun 2003, p.106]
  13. Vibe
    Without the apocalyptic beats and emotional storm clouds that were once his trademarks, Vulnerable makes Tricky all but dispensable. [Aug 2003, p.156]
  14. Alternative Press
    Tricky without edges and paranoia is freakin' dull. [Sep 2003, p.118]
  15. Spin
    The Trickster's best record in years. [Aug 2003, p.119]
  16. What once sounded like the future's music a decade ago just sounds creepy and dated now.
  17. The Wire
    Tricky's problem is that the future has caught up with him. [#233, p.71]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Feb 20, 2012
    Not nearly as horrific as people will lead you to believe. The new female sultry vocals and Tricky's wish to go mainstream again end up halfNot nearly as horrific as people will lead you to believe. The new female sultry vocals and Tricky's wish to go mainstream again end up half recreating the Maxinquaye magic, but the music and simplistic song structures make this a repetitive experience. 'Car Crash' is the standout. Full Review »
  2. F4b
    Nov 1, 2005
    I dont get all the bad critics, this album is a nice return to simpler and delicate melodies and contains some pretty stuff.