intentional or not, much as i liked it, i did think it was a bit too high-end focused or something. it was almost a bit twee from a production standpoint. a bit rickety, even. and yes, tricky is what came to mind, although at least with tricky, there was a certain grittiness and dirt to his production. the kode/ape album just seemed a bit lightweight in places, kind of like underwater dancehall. i know albums are the chance to play around a bit outside the musics usual parameters but its almost like they thought 'album... this might get different people into us... it cant be TOO heavy'.