Another Monday, another great instore performance at Virgin Megastore on Oxford Street. This week brought one of the godfathers of trip-hop, Tricky to the free downstairs stage for a half-hour set. Trickyand five members of his band took the stage, including live drums, bass and guitar, as well as his new muse, Costanza, and they kicked into their cover of The Cureís ìThe Love Cats,î from his new album, Vulnerable. The vibe was positive and Tricky not only has given up on his penchant for not facing the crowd while performing, he has abandoned some of his stereotypical sedentary tactics, choosing instead to thrash about like a boxer in training.
All the tracks aired out during the 6-song adventure were from the new album and the rocking ìMoodyî was taken to a new, almost thrashy level, as the guitar was crunchy and the live drums pounded through the shelves of music at the Virgin Megastore. ìHow Highî was almost as edgy and the setís other two pinnacle points were the renditions of first single ìAntimatterî and ìDear Godî by XTC. Whereas Trickyís last few albums have left me yawning, Vulnerable is a return to form for the trip-hop master and with live performances like this, his career looks to again be on the upswing.