Song: Makes Me Wanna Die
This spare, utterly singular track is from Tricky’s second solo album post-Massive Attack, 1996’s Pre-Millennium Tension. On this dark and ultimately uneven album creaking under the weight of its ambition, both Christiansands and this track are clear standouts. Longtime Tricky collaborator Martina Copley-Bird sings on Makes Me Wanna Die like her heart is laid bare. It’s a gut-wrenching track punctuated by pregnant pauses - empty voids which feel like bullet holes. Topley-Bird’s striking vocal clarity and the sparse yet infinitely gentle guitar accompaniment are the twin streams of shimmering humanity in an otherwise bleak and remorseless piece. Against all odds it works - there’s something elegant and gracefully poised rising above the confusing wreckage of barren angst.