False Idols - Tricky
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  • Summary: The 10th studio release for the British trip-hop artist features guest appearances by Francesca Belmonte, Nneka, Fifi Rong, and Antlers' Peter Silberman.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
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  1. May 28, 2013
    80
    I'm Ready, on which that familiar sprechgesang delivery is somehow both metronomic and distended, is exemplary, but the whole record--dosed with menace --sounds hungry.
  2. May 29, 2013
    80
    False Idols is a massive triumph musically. There is no filler, in many places it sounds timeless.
  3. Jun 17, 2013
    80
    Some 18 years after his astonishing debut album Maxinquaye, Tricky has come close to making Maxinquaye II. [Jul 2013, p.88]
  4. 75
    It’s the haunting, beat-driven atmospherics that ultimately make the songs memorable (or not), and throughout this new record the textured dynamics of these songs pulse with a clean, modern inventiveness, while also echoing the moody tones of his best work.
  5. May 24, 2013
    70
    A return to a winning formula, if not an emphatic return to form. [Jun 2013, p.79]
  6. Jul 15, 2013
    60
    False Idols is vintage Tricky, which means it could slot in at around 1997--the melodies are spare, the beats spacey, the vibe dark.
  7. May 24, 2013
    40
    False Idols could have been impressive and believable at fewer than a dozen tracks, but nine of the 15 seem insufferably lazy.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. May 29, 2013
    9
    This is the Tricky album I have been waiting for since Blowback! The beats are fresh and exciting, the vocals haunting and beautiful. False Idols is the most cohesive and inventive album Tricky has released in over a decade and one of the best albums of the year thus far. Expand
  2. Jul 6, 2013
    8
    I am a big fan of Tricky. The only album which I consider a disaster is Vulnerable. The mistake is that every album after Maxinquaye is always compared to it. He surely evolves on every album, experiments especially on albums he made in 90 's. Knowle West Boy and False Idols are the best albums he made in this millennium, perhaps closest to his eponymous debut. Expand