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+ Tim Hecker - Harmony In Ultraviolet
+ Rosy Parlane - Jessamine
+ Jarvis Cocker - The Jarvis Cocker Record
+ Múm - Peel Session
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+ The Blood Brothers - Young Machetes
+ The Places - Songs For Creeps
+ Camille - Le Fil
+ Wolf Eyes - Human Animal
+ Christina Carter - Electrice
+ The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
+ Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye
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+ Rafael Toral - Space
+ Bob Dylan - Modern Times
+ Excepter - Alternation
+ Chris Thile - How To Grow A Woman From The Ground
+ Brad Mehldau - Live in Japan
+ M Ward - Post-War
+ Various Artists - Touch 25
+ The Mountain Goats - Get Lonely
+ The White Birch - Come Up For Air
+ Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country
+ Coachwhips - Double Death
+ Various Artists - Tibetan And Bhutanese Instrumental And Folk Music, Volume 2
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+ Cex - Actual Fucking
+ Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche
+ Leafcutter John - The Forest And The Sea
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+ Barbara Morgenstern - The Grass Is Always Greener
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+ The Court & Spark - Hearts
+ TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain
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+ Jenny Wilson - Love And Youth
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+ The Moore Brothers - Murdered By The Moore Brothers
+ Regina Spektor - Begin To Hope
+ The 1900s - Plume Delivery EP
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+ Function - The Secret Miracle Fountain
+ Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
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+ Deadboy And The Elephantmen - We Are Night Sky
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+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #2)
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #1)
+ The Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics
+ The Glass Family - Sleep Inside This Wheel
+ Various Artists - Songs For Sixty Five Roses
+ The Fiery Furnaces - Bitter Tea
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Tricky made a grand entrance in 1995 with Maxinquaye, a combo of shadowy electro soundscapes and beguiling vocals (courtesy of his collaborator Martine) that left scores of imitators in its wake. Six years on, the 36-year-old Brit is touting Blowback, his sixth record, as the "real" follow-up to his debut; all the others, he says, were bogged down by a gloom 'n' doom outlook, whereas Blowback is rife with better vibes. That's sorta true — Blowback does offer a handful of near-pop moments. But that might have less to do with any change of heart than with the slew of guests: heavy-hitters like Alanis Morissette, Ed Kowalczyk of Live, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers show up alongside relative unknowns like reggae toaster MC Hawkman. Though all do a nice job — the Chili Peppers' red-blooded funk in particular is a nice foil to Tricky's penchant for fagged-out shtick — Blowback's got more or less the same slow-burn feel as all of Tricky's records as it shuffles between murky grooves and spastic beats, conjuring images of low-rent districts at nighttime. Even if he's let a little sunshine into his sonic junkyard, it might have been an accident; for Tricky, as for Beck, there's a thin line between genuine vision and just fucking around. Where Maxinquaye was both engaging and coherent, working up to a kind of weird gestalt by way of good songs and dark sounds, Blowback is hit-and-miss. Half-baked song ideas pile up next to flashes of brilliance: Tricky's take on Nirvana's "Something in the Way" is great, with all of the druggy signifiers in the right place, but it's balanced out by lots and lots of sameness. And though you don't have to like his voice to like this record, Tricky's insistence on sounding vaguely like a villain whenever he sings comes off as sillier than ever — he's really about as menacing as the Hamburglar. Whether it's a case of too many cooks spoiling his strangebrew or his vision just getting away from him, Blowback's messier than it oughta be.

by Christian David Hoard

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