Vinyl Record & CD
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Double LP, gatefold jacket
"False Idols is a massive triumph musically. There is no filler, in many places it sounds timeless." — PopMatters, May 2013
The 10th studio release for the British trip-hop artist features guest appearances by Francesca Belmonte, Nneka, Fifi Rong, and Antlers' Peter Silberman. Why the name False Idols (not coincidentally it's also the name of his new record label)? "Because there's so much bollocks going on at the moment mate," Tricky fires back. "People follow celebrities and read every little thing they do. It's living vicariously through someone else. Get your own life. All this stuff is false idols. "In this new album I'll stand behind every track," Tricky says. "I don't care whether people like it. I'm doing what I want to do, which is what I did with my first record. That's what made me who I was in the beginning. If people don't like it, it don't matter to me because I'm back where I was."
Pitchfork says Tricky's newest collection returns to the ethereal, almost fragile intensity that marked his well-loved 1995 debut Maxinquaye. The resemblance to Maxinquaye is undeniable, although the material on False Idols is gentler; more mature. Many of the songs feature artists signed to Tricky's new label, including 24-year Londoner Francesca Belmonte and Fifi Rong. The album also includes collaborations with Nigeria's new global star Nneka and the afore-mentioned Peter Silberman.
The album opens with a cover of a Van Morrison song, "Somebody's Sins," which sees Tricky and vocalist Francesca Belmonte whispering "Jesus died for somebody's sins, but not mine" over a sparse groaning bass. The lead single "Parenthesis," which features a vocals from Peter Silberman of The Antlers, has more rhythmic grunt, which gives a different dimension to the dark gothic atmosphere that pervades the record. No-one does this kind of thing better.
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