• Record Label: !K7
  • Release Date: Sep 8, 2014
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
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  1. Sep 17, 2014
    80
    This record is a composite piece blessed with a vision and singularity that repeatedly surprises and invigorates.
  2. Sep 11, 2014
    80
    If False Idols was the return, Adrian Thaws is the great diversification, and if being disappointed with your universally accepted classic inspires greatness like this, then Maxinquaye be damned (but only in Tricky's presence).
  3. Sep 4, 2014
    80
    The album's standouts, however, are the two collaborations with Tirzah, whose understated vocals fit perfectly with Tricky's unnerving instrumentation and help to reveal an artist who's still capable of surprising, disturbing and revelling in his own idiosyncracies.
  4. 80
    Tricky’s struck gold once again with this.
  5. The Wire
    Dec 2, 2014
    70
    Expectations are, as ever, moderate for Tricky's latest album, and he doesn't disappoint. [Sep 2014, p.60]
  6. Oct 7, 2014
    70
    Collaborations abound, and most of them work.
  7. Sep 25, 2014
    70
    Restless, furiously inventive and resolutely original, Tricky shows no signs of thawing just yet.
  8. Sep 12, 2014
    70
    Adrian Thaws is one of his most successful attempts to achieve reconciliation between the strengths of his established sound, and his need to progress as an artist.
  9. Uncut
    Sep 4, 2014
    70
    Adrian Thaws is another decent entry in the latterday Trickypedia, rolling along on circular bluesfunk grooves and furtive whisper-croak boy-girl vocals. [Oct 2014, p.79]
  10. Q Magazine
    Oct 3, 2014
    60
    It still comes from within a hydroponic fug of sedated beats and mumbled vocals. However, there's also a renewed sense of self. [Nov 2014, p.119]
  11. Sep 15, 2014
    60
    The rapper [is] at his most quietly menacing. In fact, at times Tricky’s barely there at all, content to orchestrate Adrian Thaws’ stark beats, the best of which recall his mid-90s peak.
  12. Mojo
    Sep 12, 2014
    60
    Tricky may not be reinventing the wheel, but his focus is sharper than ever. [Oct 2014, p.93]
  13. It’s less nightclub, more drunken iPod selection, typical of late-period Tricky: brilliant, frustrating and fatally inconsistent.
  14. Sep 5, 2014
    60
    The first half of the record clashes significantly with the latter half, which is... eclectic.
  15. Sep 4, 2014
    60
    Adrian Thaws won't covert the uninitiated, but it is a worthwhile addition to Tricky's already proven oeuvre. [Sep/Oct 2014, p.80]
  16. Fact Magazine (UK)
    Oct 3, 2014
    50
    Adrian Thaws is not without its moments.... Elsewhere, it’s a story of misfiring ideas and botched experiments.
  17. Sep 9, 2014
    48
    His process of filtering out the bad has failed him on Adrian Thaws, leaving an album that bears both his names but offers less of himself than ever before.
  18. Sep 11, 2014
    40
    While there are occasional flashes of brilliance on this 10th studio album, the missteps far outnumber the bright points.

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