Listener-friendly guide to Bristol maverick...
If an artist’s duty is to constantly evolve and
engage both the inner and outside worlds with
truth, then Tricky has been an artist supreme.
A notoriously difficult, and often misunderstood
character, he has slowly matured from Bristol
roots with Massive Attack, and his blueprints
for the now defunct trip-hop genre, to the maverick
oddball of today.
As retrospectives go, ‘…Rough Guide”s compilation of
pre-millennial tracks, overlooks more extreme manifestations
of an undoubted talent in favour of accessibility.
Tricky has never been straightfoward, though. And a
strange and fearful psychic landscape underlines
episodes as diverse as the apocalyptic ‘Aftermath’
and an unusually sensitive ‘Scrappy Love’. He’s
since moved on, as expected.