Ian Brown – Tricky

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For Tricky, the agenda of his Back To Mine is to plug tracks from his new Brown Punk label in among some esoteric new wave selections. For Ian Brown, it’s a chance to prove once again that he is the Cheshire Ali G?his sleevenotes laughably describe Brand Nubian’s “True Meaning Of The 5%” as “the best use of a Martin Luther King speech I’ve heard”. Despite his comedy value, Brown’s selection of righteous reggae, rare groove, hip hop, northern soul and punk proves well-judged. Tricky rather fails to enter into the spirit of things by inviting you back to his only to keep playing his own tuneless blather. It is a rare pleasure, however, to hear The Beat mixed into Dr John, and oh too rarely have Morphine and Kate Bush appearing on the same compilation.

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