Mysterious, sensuous, paranoid, dark. Four words that describe Tricky's debut album perfectly. A classic of trip-hop, Maxinquaye has dark, rich, layered production and whispery, half-sung/half-rapped vocals. The paranoid, moody lyrics on the album are delivered by Tricky's asthmatic, dark voice and Martina Topley-Bird's slinky, sensuous vocals. If it weren't for the overly rock-ish beat of "Black Steel" this album could be a classic. Alas, this is not the case, and [i]Maxinquaye falls to a 4.7/5, a relative injustice, as Ponderosa and Hell Round the Corner are two of my favorite songs ever.