Knowle West Boy

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Knowle West Boy
Studio album by Tricky
Released 7 July 2008 (2008-07-07)
Recorded 2007
Genre Ghetto punk, electronic rock
Length 45:53
Label Domino
Tricky chronology
Knowle West Boy
Mixed Race
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 70/100 [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [2]
Entertainment Weekly B [3]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention) [4]
Pitchfork Media 5.8/10 [5]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars [6]
Uncut 4/5 stars [7]
The Boston Phoenix 3/4 stars [8]
The Guardian 4/5 stars [9]
The Independent 4/5 stars[10]
NME 7/10 stars[11]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[12]

Knowle West Boy is the seventh studio album by musician and producer Tricky, released by Domino Records on 7 July 2008 in Europe, and 9 September 2008 in North America.

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Tricky and Bernard Butler except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Puppy Toy" (ft. Alex Mills) 3:34
2. "Bacative"   3:51
3. "Joseph" (ft. Joseph Franklin Hunt) 2:29
4. "Veronika" (Tricky, Veronika Coassolo) 3:00
5. "C'mon Baby"   3:04
6. "Council Estate"   2:39
7. "Past Mistake"   5:07
8. "Coalition"   3:59
9. "Cross to Bear"   3:45
10. "Slow" (Kylie Minogue, Mr. Dan, Emilíana Torrini) 3:22
11. "Baligaga"   3:42
12. "Far Away" (Tricky, Veronika Coassolo) 3:39
13. "School Gates"   3:47

Track notes[edit]


The first single, "Council Estate", samples "Roads" by Portishead from the 1994 album Dummy. It was the first single that Tricky had ever done with just himself on vocals. He commented: "I couldn't whisper that song. I had to come out of myself and do a loud, screaming vocal. I wanted to be a proper frontman on that one."[13]

"Cross to Bear" features guest vocals from Hafdís Huld.

"Veronika" is a cover of the song "Livido Amniotico" by Subsonica (ft. Veronika Coassolo), which was first published as one of three previously unreleased studio tracks in their 2003 live album "Controllo del livello di rombo"