Tricky + Royal Canoe
Event Info: (773) 549-4140 metrochicago.com
Tricky's new False Idols, his tenth album, will undoubtedly be heralded as a comeback. I hope that isn't the case. Which is not to say that the new record from the raspy trip-hop innovator fails to live up to his '90s peaks. It does. It's fantastic. It revisits the old dark nightclubs dug from the dirt, the gummy hashish loops and sexy purrs heard on Nearly God and Pre-Millennium Tension. It reminds you that Tricky is one of the coolest MFs given to music in the last quarter century. It reminds you why he was cast in The Fifth Element and poised to evolve rap into something seductive and futuristic. It samples Chet Baker and has a lovely interlude in Mandarin. However, the deserved praise of False Idols should not overshadow the fact that Tricky has been on an overlooked hot streak. Knowle West Boy (2008) and Mixed Race (2010) looked to the 45-year-old's roots in punk and reggae, and solved the hammy production problems that dogged his mid-career work. Francesca Belmonte is now playing the Martina Topley-Bird role. Where does he keep digging up these smoky-voiced female co-singers? What is he, Prince? Note: This concert was postponed to October due to visa issues.