Tricky
Nearly God


4.0
excellent

Review

by Brandon Burton USER (19 Reviews)
November 3rd, 2008 | 15 replies | 7,943 views


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Creepy yet beautiful. Slow and methodical, yet paced and vigorous. Nearly God is quite the album.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Trip-Hop is a very interesting style of music to listen to most of the time. Even a more interesting one to review. Some albums will strike you as amazing right off the bat. Others will just sound strange and strewn about all of over the place. Nearly God is an interesting mix between the two, mixing some of the practical elements, with some really different ideas. Each song really does carry it's own separate tune but also contributes to the album as a whole in their own way. Some songs will come off sounding light and very acessible, and some will sound downright disturbing. It will be up to you to decide which ones are which.

From the start of the album you can tell you're in for a ride. As the album opener, Tatoo is immediately immersive with its creepy, brooding atmosphere, paving the way for the record's bleak and depressing soundscape. Alone in a room with headphones on, Nearly God is as ethereal as it is eerie. This album will jump from one genre bending song to the next in the blink of an eye, and most of the time you don't even progress a song. Songs like Poems and Together Now are very light and upbeat, including very acessible vocals and song structures. Songs like Tattoo, Keep Your Mouth Shut and Judas will give off more of the macabre tone. Between the processed vocals and the very eerie background vocals, it will make you ponder as to whether some of the songs are beautiful or just creepy. But songs such as I Be The Prophet are almost standalone tracks that don't sound like anything you've heard on the album prior. Traditionally oriented strings as the main beat/rhythm of the song really make the song, (among others), some of the best on the album to listen to. With the female vocals and the same processed male vocals layered over the top of each other, it gives a great juxtaposition between angelic and demonic. The music itself is quite amazing, completely un rushed and takes it's time building a constant tone and mood throughout the entire listen. Between the different singing and talking/rapping (if you will) throughout the album, you get a great variety of genres all within one song. This album has almost constant layering, between the vocals and all of the random noises/ambience that is added. While in some releases this can be a nuisance, it is executed very well on this album and almost perfectly in some cases.

The amount of guest musicians and singer/songwriters is a bit intimidating at times. It can make one wonder, how complete the listening experience is with the vocalist changing almost every single song. But overall the album still retains a very good feel of consistency throughout and still maintains to sound completely different each and every track. With songs that don't even speak English to songs that have one obscure beat then quickly jump to a sample of a pre-recorded generic rap song.

Although the album does a great job with the atmosphere and almost flawless production of the vocals and music itself, it's not without its' faults. The length of the songs may not look that bad, the longest just clocking in at 6:54. But sometimes the album can feel like it drags on and on, and its just you listening to the same thing over and over again, waiting for something more to happen. Although each song will recapture your attention with each passing track, even some of the 4 minute tracks can seem a bit boring and monotonous.

This album is very hard to really form a solid opinion on, some of the songs will completely draw you in and make you really listen. Others will just make you want to hit the skip button and see if the next track is better. I would say, if you're into trip-hop or this artist in particular, check this out. It might not be up to par with a lot of the other artists in the genre but it's worth a shot. To everyone who hasn't heard of this artist at all and have never heard of this genre, still check this out. There are better releases, I'm sure, but this is still one great album.



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beans
November 3rd 2008



2332 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ok i will admit, im have not been listening to this genre of music for a long time. Please dont crucify me if i got some stuff wrong.

Constructive criticism welcome.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
November 3rd 2008



3752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good to see this finally get a review. This album makes me a sad panda, because Tricky knows the elements of his sound so so well, but can't string them together like he did on Maxinquaye. I Adore the album art on this though. It's one of my favorite ever.This Message Edited On 11.03.08

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MassiveAttack
November 3rd 2008



2684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love this album it is a bit all over the place,but it seems to keep the same pace. A Tricky review is always good, I reviewed Knowle West Boy a couple months ago

beans
November 3rd 2008



2332 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album is very disjointed but very well done at the same time if you can take each song one at a time.
i need to listen to Maxinquaye, this was my introduction to Tricky so, yeah

Willie
Moderator
November 3rd 2008



15774 Comments


Good review, you definitely need to listen to Maxinquaye. I like Tricky's debut and sophomore albums but then he kind of lost his edge (but he was awesome in concert with Prodigy).

Digging: Teramaze - Esoteric Symbolism

beans
November 3rd 2008



2332 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah i will have to download that when i get home. sounds damn good.

beans
July 21st 2009



2332 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album is still good

KILL
November 4th 2011



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

its gd

Graveyard
May 20th 2012



5390 Comments


it's superb

KILL
May 20th 2012



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dno bout THAT

Graveyard
May 20th 2012



5390 Comments


it really takes some time for this to grow on you, but when it does your speechless

KILL
May 20th 2012



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ive listened to it quite a bit its good but gets boring

AcidCaravan
February 13th 2014



112 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

His masterpiece. He was amazing, back then

VermTheImpaler
February 13th 2014



1360 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Enjoyable but Maxinquaye >>>> the rest of tricky's disocgraphy

KILL
February 13th 2014



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

honky plz



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