(1998, Island)

By the end of the 90’s, Trip Hop had already morphed from a bleak commentary of post Thatcher Britain into music for yuppie wankers to display on their coffee tables and blare at their dinner parties.

Absolutely none of this was down to the bands themselves, who had created arguably Britain’s last great musical innovation of the century. While Massive Attack tried to ride the wave, and Portishead tried the Nirvana trick of shedding all their fans with an uncommercial sophomore effort, Tricky doubled down on the the dystopian soundscapes on this, his third album, and the result is a brilliantly bleak masterpiece.

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