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The Wire (p.51) - "Leila truly understands how uncanny folk stories can take you away, then return you to the everyday, rattled and looking askance at even the most innocent things."The Wire (p.102) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[A]s tuneful as it is brazen: 'Meddle' crunches like a great Nine Inch Nails instrumental..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.106) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[Leila] pulls off this ambitious album and ends on a high note with 'Why Should I?,' a stuttering, cabaret duet between Hall and Martina Topley Bird."0.8188736

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Rolling Stone (1/23/97, p.44) - Ranked #2 on Rolling Stone's list of the "Ten Best Albums" of 1996.Rolling Stone (12/12/96, p.86) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...distorted guitars, disorienting digital effects and the exquisite soul crooning of...Martina Topley Bird over fractured loops and vintage hip-hop beats....an abstract, minimalist edge....closer in spirit to the work of Prince or Lee `Scratch' Perry..."Spin (1/97, p.58) - Ranked #6 on Spin's list of the "20 Best Albums of '96."Spin (12/96, p.139) - 9 (out of 10) - "...Inspired rather than threatened by hip-hop, Tricky tosses it off like a Stussy cape....At his most compelling, Tricky calls everything into question, including himself....his music, a collage of gasping beats and forlorn chords, speaks beyond words..."Q (7/01, p.91) - Included in Q's "50 Heaviest Albums of All Time".Q (12/96, p.138) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...Conventional instruments like pianos or harmonicas jostle with found sounds over ferocious rhythm tracks in an unsettling soundscape where anything can happen, providing it's knuckle-clenching and sweat-inducing....Uneasy yet undeniably brilliant..."JazzTimes (4/97, p.65) - "In a world where `the sound of urban decay' comes in a glossy, retread R&B package, Tricky's PRE-MILLENNIUM TENSION sounds positively revolutionary. Where others rely on militaristic sameness, Tricky's music sounds like a series of sonic accidents..."Vibe (12/96, p.181) - "...Tricky's trip hop fills you up and satisfies you....Call it trip hop, Euro rap, black alternative, or whatever term you fancy. Just don't sleep..."The Source (12/96, p.140) - "...Tricky produces cinematic soundscapes...he layers thick bass loops with enough noise...to warp your mind....Trip-hop was boring 'til Tricky brought sex, hip-hop and beautiful transgressive thoughts to the mix..."Melody Maker (12/21-28/96, pp.66-67) - Ranked #4 on Melody Maker's list of 1996's "Albums Of The Year."Musician (2/97, pp.122-123) - "...dense, hypnotic soundscapes that suggest primal terrors....an ingenious mischief-maker rather than an author of old-fashioned beats....PRE-MILLENNIUM TENSION makes swell nightmare fodder..."Village Voice (2/25/97) - Ranked #9 in the Village Voice's 1996 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.NME (Magazine) (12/21-28/96, pp.66-67) - Ranked #8 in NME's 1996 critics' poll.0.4094368

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Spin (p.87) - "In opener, 'Pray or Rain,' TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe sings of failing systems over a rolling-thunder piano groove."Entertainment Weekly (p.105) - "Haunting vocals by TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe and Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval calm the jitters here..." -- Grade: B-Alternative Press (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "'Psyche' arcs gorgeously from codeine-laced space-pop to retro-tinted tropicalia."CMJ - "[There is] enough dark, blossoming beauty in HELIGOLAND's 53 minutes to make it an admirable endeavor by a group that has endured nearly two decades in music."Billboard (p.32) - "Massive Attack's arsenal has expanded and the resulting onslaught is nothing short of brilliant."Paste (magazine) (p.61) - "Less a depiction of the surrounding apocalypse, HELIGOLAND is more a reflection of the anxieties within."Clash (magazine) - "Sounding a lot like Martina Topley-Bird, it's actually Hope Sandoval that brings a similarly languid, feminine guile to 'Paradise Circus.'"Uncut (magazine) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's the roll-call of weatherbeaten indie stars who appear on HELIGOLAND that provides a lot of the appeal here....The sound of a group at the very height of their power, flexing their ample muscle..."0.7341368

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Q (Magazine) (p.94) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[They're part] of the new breed of Warp-affiliated 'sound sculptors', their trademark brand of glitchy, textured electronica occupying the folkier end of the label's broadening musical spectrum."Uncut (magazine) (p.69) - "Acoustic guitars swim to the fore, amid vintage synth tones and a typically drawling Martina Topley-Bird, creating a strange retro-modern English folk music..."0.5986584

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Rolling Stone (p.94) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[R]ap's deep thinker wanted to make club bangers. So he got the Neptunes to shape this sexed-up set."Spin (p.102) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Common dazzles with the back-to-the-future motif 'What a World'....UNIVERSAL MIND is primarily a a rhythmic celebration, paying tribute to Afrika Bambaataa and Jonzun Crew jams."Billboard (p.45) - "'Announcement' benefits from a slinky beat that lets the MC breathe....'Gladiator' is a great old-school brag rhyme..."XXL (Magazine) (p.105) - "Promptly starting the party, Common spaces out to futuristic synths on the lively title track, a frantic, genre-blurring adrenaline rush..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.106) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Cee-Lo collaboration 'Make My Day' is winningly dreamy, and both mixes of Kanye-duet 'Punch Drunk Love' 'make for fine, treacly bedroom music."0.4611831

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Rolling Stone (p.120) - 3 1/2 stars out of 5 - "[A] fantastic solo debut....The collection interknits bluesy intimacy, R&B extroversion, theatrical confessions and rock chord progressions while keeping both feet planted in fertile electronic soil."Entertainment Weekly (p.85) - "ANYTHING glides beguilingly from spaced-out slow jams to techno cabaret to gospel electronica to whiplash-crack eeriness." - Grade: B+Magnet (p.126) - "Neatly fusing element of rock, ragga and R&B, Martina Topley-Bird creates a sinister red-light district in which she struts and stalks, purrs and preens."CMJ (p.30) - "ANYTHING is hot without being facile about it, teasing cabaret blues through songs that otherwise sound like old-school R&B, ragga, and (yes) trip-hop."0.4190609

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