The artist's fifth album (his first for Hollywood) should surprise many.
The artist's fifth album (his first for Hollywood) should surprise many. As on 1995's essential Maxinquaye and 1999's schizophrenic Juxtapose, Tricky continues to mine a potpourri of mood swings, but his signature claustrophobic paranoia is now accented by rays of sunshine. Breathtaking and beautiful, as well as haunting and bleak, Blowback finds Tricky surrounding himself with an eclectic bunch of guest artists, including Alanis Morissette; Ed Kowalczyk of Live; Anthony Keidis, Flea, and John Frusciante of Red Hot Chili Peppers; reggae artist Hawkman; and two singers who have been MIA for way too long: Cyndi Lauper and Ambersunshower. Alt-rockers will likely embrace such tracks as "Evolution Revolution Love" (Kowalczyk and Hawkman), "Wonder Woman" (Frusciante and Flea), and the wickedly hazy "You Don't Wanna" (Ambersunshower). "Your Name," also a vehicle for Ambersunshower, is sweet and endearing. On the brooding "Five Days," Tricky and Lauper get it on—vocally, that is—on what may very well be the year's most gorgeous duet.—MP