TRICKY Vulnerable (Brown Punk/Sanctuary) Rating: NN
It ain't easy being a walking triphop anachronism, but Tricky tries to make the most of his limited vocal and musical skills on Vulnerable (out Tuesday, June 17). Wisely enough, he's brought in breathy Italian singer Costanza Francavilla to handle most of the vocalizing over the innocuously dubby, downtempo soundscapes while he growls and grunts in the background. Perhaps he should've consulted Massive Attack before trying this sort of thing again. Uninspired cracks at XTC's Dear God and the Cure's Love Cats appear to have been thrown in purely for novelty's sake.