The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - LAU­REN MUR­PHY

It was all down­hill from the mo­ment Tricky de­clared his new al­bum to be bet­ter than his genre-defin­ing de­but, Max­in­quaye. His 10th record can’t pos­si­bly trump that al­bum’s essence, even if he claims it’s his “most hon­est in years”. False Idols is an un­even ef­fort, front­loaded with Tricky’s usual dis­em­bod­ied trip-hop beats and fe­male vo­cal­ists pro­vid­ing ghostly melodies over his slouchy mur­mur. Things im­prove as the track­list­ing un­furls, with Peter Sil­ber­man of US in­die band The Antlers pro­vid­ing tex­ture with his stran­gled war­ble on Paren­the­sis. Is That Your Life in­ter­weaves some des­per­ately needed groove with a Nile Rodgers-style gui­tar mo­tif, but the in­clu­sion of the bizarre Chi­nese In­ter­lude is in­con­gru­ous. Mostly, this is a drab, oddly me­chan­i­cal col­lec­tion that per­plexes more than it in­spires. Trick­ Down­load: Paren­the­sis, Is That Your Life

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False Idols

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