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)
Angels with Dirty Faces
(1998)
Juxtapose
(1999)

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 Media 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]

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)
  • Engineer [Assistant] – 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)
  • Photography By [Cover] – Barron Claibourne*
  • 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)

Charts[edit]

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

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 Media review
  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. 

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