Trickfinger is an acid house album, but it's not a frivolous kitschy exploration by a dilettante; rather, it's the product of an artist's ambition to create electronic music in a genuine, invested way. Frusciante spent months learning how to play various synthesizers and programmable instruments before he recorded a single note. The result is a fun, engaging album with complex, weaving, synth-based hooks that are often played in a similar style to Frusciante's guitar playing. The various sounds that define the sonic aesthetic of this album tend to establish a middle ground between organic and synthetic sounds.
What comes through above all in these compositions is that Frusciante is having fun, which is best evidenced on the closing track "Phurip," and that he saves the strongest track for last gives the rest of the album a pleasing tension that is rewarded at the end. Fans of Frusciante's solo career will love this latest addition to his catalogue; it's one of his strongest releases to date. (Acid Test)