Vulnerable

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  • Summary: If declining sales and waning critical support are any indication, then yes, Tricky is probably feeling quite vulnerable at this stage of his career. But that didn't stop him from releasing this seventh LP, which includes covers of The Cure's "Love Cats" and XTC's "Dear God."
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Filter
    84
    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]
  2. Blender
    80
    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]
  3. Urb
    80
    The album bristles with a new urgency. [Sep 2003, p.100]
  4. The Wire
    50
    Tricky's problem is that the future has caught up with him. [#233, p.71]
  5. Vulnerable is Tricky's most accessible album since Maxinquaye, but it has neither that album's shock of the new nor its enduring appeal.
  6. By the end of the album, Tricky returns to acting on his worst impulses, stumbling through hackneyed sonics and wincing lyrics.
  7. Alternative Press
    30
    Tricky without edges and paranoia is freakin' dull. [Sep 2003, p.118]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. 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.
  2. 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. Expand