Angels with Dirty Faces (Tricky album)

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Angels with Dirty Faces
Tricky - Angels With Dirty Faces.jpg
Studio album by Tricky
Released 25 May 1998 (1998-05-25)
Genre Rock, trip hop
Length 50:43
Label Island
Producer Tricky
Tricky chronology
Pre-Millennium Tension
(1996)Pre-Millennium Tension1996
Angels with Dirty Faces
(1998)
Juxtapose
(1999)Juxtapose1999

Angels with Dirty Faces is the third album of Bristol, England musician Tricky, released in 1998. The title is taken from the film of the same name.

Music and lyrics[edit]

"Broken Homes" features English singer-songwriter PJ Harvey. "Carriage for Two" features the guitar playing of Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian. Various tracks features the guitars of Marc Ribot. "The Moment I Feared" is a cover of the Slick Rick track of the same name.[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Consumer Guide A−[2]
Entertainment Weekly A[3]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[4]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[5]
NME 5/10[6]
Pitchfork 8.2/10[7]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[8]
Select 4/5 medals[9]
Spin 8/10[10]

In a contemporary review for Entertainment Weekly, David Browne viewed Angels with Dirty Faces as Tricky's best album since his 1995 debut Maxinquaye. He described it as an "alluring sonic blur" that preserved his previous music's mesmeric sounds yet felt "more adventurous, rhythmically and musically, than its predecessors".[3] Simon Price hailed it as Tricky's most cogent work since his debut album: "Simultaneously challenging and gorgeously formed, it's a brilliant mix of defiance and achievement."[9] Village Voice critic Robert Christgau said it was a rock album with a live band on every song, no samples, and "grimy" productions that complemented Tricky's anti-social themes, making for a difficult but interesting listen:

"I don't like this century," Tricky mutters in the course of "Record Companies," and that sums up his worldview as eloquently as words ever will. It's the sounds that signify, and postindustrially premillennial though Tricky's may be, they're also original, strong, and to the point. He distinguishes himself from the run of noise sculptors just by remaining conducive to recognizable life. He's a hater not a fighter, and the devil is in his details. So give that man a set of horns--he's earned them.[11]

In a retrospective review for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine was less enthusiastic about the record. He wrote that while Tricky had expanded his signature dub-inspired trip hop sound with rhythmic elements from hardcore hip hop and jungle music, Angels with Dirty Faces was "slightly different but essentially the same" as his previous album Pre-Millennium Tension.[1]

As of September 2003 it has sold 113,000 copies in United States according to Nielsen SoundScan. [12]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Money Greedy" 5:30
2. "Mellow" 3:33
3. "Singing the Blues" 3:27
4. "Broken Homes (with PJ Harvey)" 3:34
5. "6 Minutes" 4:46
6. "Analyze Me" 4:00
7. "The Moment I Feared" 4:03
8. "Talk to Me (Angels with Dirty Faces)" 4:28
9. "Carriage for Two" 4:44
10. "Demise" 3:48
11. "Tear out My Eyes" 4:26
12. "Record Companies" 4:22
13. "Peyote Sings" (bonus track) 5:01
14. "Taxi" (bonus track) 3:55

Personnel[edit]

  • Design, Photography By [manipulation] – AP;D
  • Drums – Perry Melius (tracks: 1, 5, 6, 9 to 11)
  • Engineer – Ethan Allen (tracks: 2, 6, 8, 10 to 12)
  • Engineer [Additional Mixing] – Jack Hersca (tracks: 2 to 4, 6 to 12)
  • Assistant engineer – Chipman Verspyck (tracks: 1, 3, 5, 9 to 12), Mark Fraunfelder (tracks: 1, 3, 5, 8 to 10), Serge Tsai
  • Guitar – Scott Ian (tracks: 1, 5, 9 to 12)
  • Keyboards, Producer, Photography By [Palaroid], Illustration – Tricky
  • Mastered By – Howie Weinberg
  • Mixed By – Susan Rogers (tracks: 2, 3, 5 to 12), Tricky (tracks: 2 to 12)
  • Cover Photography – Barron Claiborne
  • Vocals – Martina Topley-Bird (tracks: 3, 5, 6, 8 to 10), Tricky (tracks: 1, 2, 4 to 12)
  • Written-By – Tricky (tracks: 1, 2, 4 to 6, 8 to 12)
  • Pete Briquette - bass
  • Gareth Bowen - keyboards
  • Jack Hersca - bass, guitar
  • Jane Scarpantoni - cello
  • Gene Lake, Calvin Weston - drums
  • Lorenza Ponce - violin
  • Marc Ribot, Patrice Serapiglia - guitar
  • Doug Wieselman - flute
  • Greg Cohen - double bass

Charts[edit]

Year Country Position
1998 UK Albums Chart 23
1998 Billboard 200 (U.S.) 84

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[13] none 24,900 [14]*
United States (RIAA)[15] none 113,000 [16]^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Allmusic review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishers. pp. 314–15. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. 
  3. ^ a b Entertainment Weekly review
  4. ^ The Guardian review
  5. ^ Los Angeles Times review
  6. ^ "Tricky : Angels With Dirty Faces". NME. 1998. Archived from the original on February 17, 2001. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  7. ^ Pitchfork review Archived April 10, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Rolling Stone review
  9. ^ a b Price, Simon (June 1998). "Rage Against the Machine". Select. London: 76. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  10. ^ Spin (7/98, pp.119-121) - 8 (out of 10) - "...Rather than the lush digital soundscapes of MAXINQUAYE or the shimmering desolation of PRE-MILLENIUM TENSION, ANGELS resounds with cellos, tremolo guitars and bass clarinets, as well as the usual electo-wheezes and shuddering bass loops...."
  11. ^ Christgau, Robert (9 June 1998). "Thwocks and Whispers". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  12. ^ https://books.google.hr/books?id=3iYEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA163&lpg=PA163&dq=nearly+god+tricky+54,000&source=bl&ots=HGtv9LlGVs&sig=P7RimrRIl_mcO4V_EPhZFrIgZnQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjupcWPsP3VAhVI2RoKHe--Ad4Q6AEIPTAD#v=onepage&q=nearly%20god%20tricky%2054%2C000&f=false
  13. ^ "French album certifications – Tricky – Angels with dirty secrets" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  14. ^ http://www.infodisc.fr/Ventes_Albums_Tout_Temps.php?debut=9750
  15. ^ "American album certifications – Tricky – Angels with dirty faces". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  16. ^ https://books.google.hr/books?id=3iYEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA163&lpg=PA163&dq=nearly+god+tricky+54,000&source=bl&ots=HGtv9LlGVs&sig=P7RimrRIl_mcO4V_EPhZFrIgZnQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjupcWPsP3VAhVI2RoKHe--Ad4Q6AEIPTAD#v=onepage&q=nearly%20god%20tricky%2054%2C000&f=false

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