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Tricky, False Idols
(False Idols/!K7 Records)

05/23/13
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



5/23/2013 - Trip-hop royals Massive Attack originally formed as a soundsystem called The Wild Bunch, featuring this fellow as the rapping component. Now more of a producer than anything else, he’s lately been puffing about how he’s reinvented himself in his most honest album to date, since, of course, the last album, about which he said the same thing. There’s a Gaga-like BS-ness afoot as you can see, fitting in that his dark, smoky chillouts have always sounded as though they’d been anointed by God for late-night Rohypnol come-downs; now, pulsating out of his own imprint, he’s gone completely torch. Compared to Massive Attack’s last album — yes, I know that really has nothing to do with this, but it really does in a way — this stuff is bare-bones sparse, this set of dream-sequence loops. I like that they’re consistent in their comparative barely-there-ness (save for the Foreigner-or-whoever electric guitar in “Parenthesis”); it’s sexy techno for sure, but it feels a little — repeat, a little — devoid of fleshings-out. A-






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