Vulnerable

Metascore
60

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. Very much Tricky business as usual, the sound of a staggering talent laid-up with the longest case of musical flu in history.
  4. Vulnerable is Tricky's most accessible album since Maxinquaye, but it has neither that album's shock of the new nor its enduring appeal.
  5. Q Magazine
    40
    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]
  6. Vibe
    40
    Without the apocalyptic beats and emotional storm clouds that were once his trademarks, Vulnerable makes Tricky all but dispensable. [Aug 2003, p.156]
  7. What once sounded like the future's music a decade ago just sounds creepy and dated now.
  8. The Wire
    50
    Tricky's problem is that the future has caught up with him. [#233, p.71]
User Score
6.8

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
    5
    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
    8
    I dont get all the bad critics, this album is a nice return to simpler and delicate melodies and contains some pretty stuff.