Album Reviews

Trip-hop pioneer Tricky finds power in numbers on “Skilled Mechanics”

Collaboration is in Tricky’s blood. The trip-hop pioneer from Bristol, England, got his start with Massive Attack before launching his solo career in 1995 with his groundbreaking and critically acclaimed debut album, “Maxinquaye.” He became known for creating complex electronic soundscapes while contrasting his own scratchy raps with the sultry vocals of Martina Topley-Bird.

The Jarvik 6 takes its time with moody, modest debut EP

If the music on The Jarvik 6's debut EP feels a little out of time, it's because it is. Matthew Byars, of the experimental Washington, D.C. indie band The Caribbean, began the project a decade ago on his laptop and has worked on it only occasionally since then, finally releasing a four-song EP this month on his own West Main Development label as a limited-edition, 50-copy CDR.

Lil Wayne is loose and limber on “No Ceilings 2”

Lil Wayne’s “No Ceilings” mixtape series is proof that when it comes to rap calisthenics, he’s got more stamina than Richard Simmons. Related: Watch Lil Wayne play as himself on Tony Hawks Pro Skater 5 “No Ceilings 2” isn’t even close to his finest work but it’s where we see Weezy get loose, live out some of favorite gangster fantasy and rap over his favorite production of the year.

Dweezil Zappa channels Frank on new album

By: The Associated Press Dweezil Zappa's new album is top-heavy with the influence of father Frank and bottom-loaded with harmony-drenched pop songs. Dweezil has been performing Frank's music for years, but on "Via Zammata," the Sicilian street his family emigrated from, the paternal effect only goes so far.