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That Tricky's first recording in more than two years finds release on Epitaph's Anti imprint, the same label responsible for Tom Waits's career-reviving Mule Variations, makes a few important statements from the outset: First, that Tricky's combination of buzz-saw-jagged dissonance and vitriolic patter has become so intensely concentrated that its release by a punk-rock label is altogether fitting; second, that his growing reputation as an unpredictable iconoclast rivals that of Waits to the point of earning the label kinship; and third, that Tricky just likes to shake things up. This four track EP packs a wallop, from the metal grind and drum-'n'-bass charge of the title track to the pelting rhythms and half-toasting banter that incites "Crazy Claws" to the hypnotic, Brit-tongued gutter rap that flattens "Tricky Versus Lynx." But at its core lies "Divine Comedy," an example of the type of bleary-eyed, acid-tongued missive that Tricky's built his reputation on (it was previously only available as a bootleg 12-inch). That final track -- a reaction to a racial slur uttered by an executive at Tricky's former label, Polygram -- encapsulates, with almost frightening clarity, all of the sonic and emotional bombast of Tricky at his defiant best.