Once, trip-hop’s golden boy, Tricky is hit-or-miss these days. Thankfully, this year’s Mixed Race is worlds better than what’s preceded it and is a worthy successor to 2002’s career-high Blowback. Even in his weakest moments, however, he still has killer vocal delivery, an ominous mutter identifiable a mile away that sometimes brings to mind Emperor Palpatine learning to freestyle.
Fri., Dec. 10, 9 p.m., 2010
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 1, 2010