Adrian Thaws (album)

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Adrian Thaws
Tricky - Adrian Thaws.jpg
Studio album by Tricky
Released 8 September 2014 (2014-09-08)
Recorded Tricky's home studio, London
Length 38:15
Label False Idols
Producer Tricky[3]
Tricky chronology
False Idols
Adrian Thaws
Skilled Mechanics
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork Media4.8/10[6]
The Guardian4/5 stars[7]
The Skinny4/5 stars[8]
Uncut3.5/5 stars[10]
The Arts Deck4/5 stars[11]
Under the Radar6/10[12]
The Line of Best Fit8/10[13]

Adrian Thaws is the tenth studio album by English trip hop musician Adrian Thaws, known professionally as Tricky. Recorded at Tricky's home studio in London, the album was released on 8 September 2014, through Tricky's own record label False Idols.[14]

The album features guest contributions from various artists, including Nneka, Mykki Blanco, Oh Land, NoLay and Blue Daisy.[3] On June 30, 2014, Tricky shared the track "Nicotine Love", which features vocal contributions from Irish singer Francesca Belmonte. Cover Art by Zlatimir Arakliev [15][16]


On the album's title, which is Tricky's birth name, Tricky stated: "Calling it 'Adrian Thaws' is saying 'You don’t really know me.' So many times, people have tried to put a finger on me and every album I go to a different place."[3] On the album's sound, Tricky also stated:

"I suppose this is my club/hip hop album. I’ve only heard my music a few times in a club but I grew up in clubs from when I was 14: blues parties, hip hop clubs, a few raves. I’m not known for doing club music but this album has some club tracks on it – well, what I would consider club music."[17]

Michelle Geslani of Consequence of Sound reported that the album features elements from "hip hop, house, jazz, blues, and reggae," while describing the track "Nicotine Love" as "a slinky, body-moving number that seems well-suited for U.K. club-hopping."[17]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Original artistLength
1."Sun Down" (featuring Tirzah)Tricky, Tirzah 3:42
2."Lonnie Listen" (featuring Mykki Blanco and Francesca Belmonte)Tricky, Mykki Blanco, Bugle 3:16
3."Something in the Way" (featuring Francesca Belmonte)Tricky, Francesca Belmonte 3:25
4."Keep Me in Your Shake" (featuring Nneka) (sampled "Heaven Beside You" by Alice in Chains)Tricky, Nneka 3:27
5."The Unloved (Skit)"Alan Johnson 1:10
6."Nicotine Love" (featuring Francesca Belmonte)Tricky, Francesca Belmonte 3:07
7."Gangster Chronicles" (featuring Bella Gotti) (sampled "Planetary Citizen" by Mahavishnu Orchestra)Rodney Panton, Jeff Tetteh 3:00
8."I Had a Dream" (featuring Francesca Belmonte)Tricky, Francesca Belmonte 2:38
9."My Palestine Girl" (featuring Blue Daisy)Tricky, Kwesi Darko 3:33
10."Why Don't You" (featuring Bella Gotti)Tricky, No Lay 3:33
11."Silly Games" (featuring Tirzah)Dennis BovellJanet Kay3:37
12."Right Here" (featuring Oh Land)Tricky, Nanna Øland Fabricius 2:59
13."Silver Tongue - When You Go"Silver Tongue 0:48


  1. ^ a b "Tricky: Adrian Thaws". 
  2. ^ "Tricky - Adrian Thaws". Clash. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "Tricky announces new album 'Adrian Thaws' – listen". NME. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Adrian Thaws by Tricky". 
  5. ^ "Adrian Thaws - Tricky - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". 
  6. ^ "Tricky: Adrian Thaws Album Review - Pitchfork". 
  7. ^ Bakare, Lanre (4 September 2014). "Tricky: Adrian Thaws review – sticking to his own unnerving path" – via The Guardian. 
  8. ^ "Tricky – Adrian Thaws - Album Review - The Skinny". 
  9. ^ NME.COM. "Tricky - 'Adrian Thaws' - NME.COM". 
  10. ^ Adrian Thaws is another decent entry in the latterday Trickypedia, rolling along on circular bluesfunk grooves and furtive whisper-croak boy-girl vocals. [Oct 2014, p.79]
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  12. ^ "Adrian Thaws". 
  13. ^ "Tricky - Adrian Thaws". 
  14. ^ Gordon, Jeremy (30 June 2014). "Tricky Announces New Album Adrian Thaws, Shares "Nicotine Love". Cover Art by Zlatimir Arakliev". Pitchfork. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  15. ^ Joyce, Colin (30 June 2014). "Tricky Announces New Album With Addictive 'Nicotine Love'". Spin. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  16. ^ Murray, Robin (30 June 2014). "Tricky Returns With New Album 'Adrian Thaws'". Clash. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  17. ^ a b Geslani, Michelle (30 June 2014). "Tricky announces new album, Adrian Thaws, streams "Nicotine Love"". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 

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