Pre-Millennium Tension

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Pre-Millennium Tension
Tricky - Pre Millennium Tension.jpg
Studio album by Tricky
Released 11 November 1996 (1996-11-11)
Recorded Grove Studios, Ocho Rios, Jamaica during 1996
Genre Trip hop
Length 47:21
Label Island/PolyGram Records
Producer Tricky
Tricky chronology
Nearly God
Pre-Millennium Tension
Angels with Dirty Faces
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]
Entertainment Weekly B−[3]
Pitchfork Media 8.0/10[4]
RapReviews 8.5/10[5]
Q 4/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[7]
Spin 9/10 stars[8]

Pre-Millennium Tension is the second[9][10] album from Tricky,(not counting Nearly God) released in 1996.

Album background[edit]

Tricky originally said in an interview with Ray Gun in October 1996 that he wanted to make an "out-an-out punk record" to get away from the trip hop label. He said, "I thought it was going be heavier... What I wanted to do was a total fast album. Some of the tracks are fast and hard, but they didn't come out like that."[10]

Album production[edit]

The album was mainly recorded in Jamaica, and other parts were recorded at Platinum Islands Studio, New York. It was recorded & mixed by Ian Caple recorded in Grove Studios, Ocho Rios, Jamaica & mixed at El Cortijo Studio in Spain. The album features longtime collaborator Martina Topley-Bird, and former Mama's Boys guitarist Pat McManus.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Sample Length
1. "Vent"     3:04
2. "Christiansands"   "La Di Da Di" (Doug E Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew) 3:52
3. "Tricky Kid"   "Zoom" (The Commodores) 4:11
4. "Bad Dreams"   "Housebound" (The Specials) 4:12
5. "Makes Me Wanna Die"   "Beats for the Listeners" (Eric B. & Rakim) 4:02
6. "Ghetto Youth"     5:37
7. "Sex Drive"     3:51
8. "Bad Things"     5:12
9. "Lyrics of Fury"   "King" (Slick Rick) 3:21
10. "My Evil Is Strong"   "Sound Bwoy Bureill" (Smif-n-Wessun) 3:59
11. "Piano"     4:14

Track notes[edit]

Album reception[edit]

It was included in Q Magazine's 50 Heaviest Albums of All Time.[11]

  • In a 1997 interview between journalist Liz Jones and Prince, Jones tells Prince he should listen to Tricky, because Tricky reminds her of Prince in his early career. Intrigued, Prince asks her the name of Tricky's latest album, she says Pre-Millennium Tension and Prince spontaneously answers "well, isn't that another way to say ‘1999’" (1999 being Prince's breakthrough album released in 1982.) This interview is featured in Liz Jones' book Slave to the Rhythm.


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^,,295095,00.html
  4. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  5. ^
  6. ^ Q (12/96, p.138) – 4 Stars (out of 5) – "...Conventional instruments like pianos or harmonicas jostle with found sounds over ferocious rhythm tracks in an unsettling soundscape where anything can happen, providing it's knuckle-clenching and sweat-inducing....Uneasy yet undeniably brilliant..."
  7. ^ Rolling Stone review
  8. ^ Spin (12/96, p.139) – 9 (out of 10) – "...Inspired rather than threatened by hip-hop, Tricky tosses it off like a Stussy cape....At his most compelling, Tricky calls everything into question, including himself....his music, a collage of gasping beats and forlorn chords, speaks beyond words..."
  9. ^ "Biography included in the Pre-Millennium Tension presskit". Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  10. ^ a b The Madness of King Tricky I - Raygun 96
  11. ^ "Q Magazine's 50 Heaviest Albums". Retrieved 14 February 2008. 

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