False Idols

"Nothing's changed," Tricky moans on, um, "Nothing's Changed." Indeed. Ten albums and 18 years after his still-amazing debut, Maxinquaye, the greatest boning-someone-you're-maybe-not-supposed-to-bone album ever, his catalog is mostly the sound of inspiration struggling for context. False Idols is vintage Tricky, which means it could slot in at around 1997 – the melodies are spare, the beats spacey, the vibe dark. "Somebody's Sins" covers Patti Smith's legendary add-on to "Gloria," while The Antlers' Peter Silbermann shows up for a cover of his own "Parenthesis." He's never going to hit that first high again, but hearing him chase the dragon is rewarding.