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Protection

Massive Attack

1994

Protection

Album Summary

Protection is the second studio album by English electronic music group Massive Attack, released on 26 September 1994 by Wild Bunch Records and Circa. DJ Mad Professor remixed the album in 1995 under the name No Protection.

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Rating

3.27

Votes

5306

Genres

  • Electronica
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Thu Dec 03 2020
4

Baby making music.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
2

This sounded not at all Massive, nor Attacking. Not for me.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
4

Cooooooool. Deep moody lounging. An overcast afternoon in Ibiza. The soundtrack that plays over a moody montage of parallel characters in an ensemble drama. Closing credits to a 2000s James Bond movie. I think I love this because its trip hop (whatever that is) without the chaos. It's smooth as hell, a bit disorienting (I really like the lyric "I know everyone I meet"), and sucks you into the vibe. It's a place I enjoyed spending an hour - introspective, somber, plenty of space, but also upbeat. The last track is the only thing that breaks their very serious dedication to maintaining this mood. Maybe a little more cosmic humor would make it perfect. Cooooooool A-

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Tue Jul 13 2021
5

Tatsächlich gerade der Gewinner über Blue Lines. Protection kann mich in schwachen Momenten jederzeit zu Tränen rühren, im Grunde ist jeder Song danach gewagt und Karmacoma auch deshalb so eine gute Wahl, weil Tricky halt diese verschleppte Raubtiernummer mit genau der richtigen Dosis Schulterzucken abliefert die man DA DRAUSSEN als Rüstung drinnen braucht. Auch danach: tolle Atmosphäre zwischen Flug durch wolkigen Nieselsommer (Three), unbilligen Lounge-Sounds (Weather Storm) und dem direkten Anschluss an Unfinished Sympathy (Euro Child und Sly). Am schwierigsten waren für mich immer die beiden Horace-Andy-Nummern, hab ich bis heute auch nicht komplett verstanden, nehme die aber gern mit und der kleine Gag mit Light My Fire amüsiert auf jeden Fall! 4,5

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

Sounds like music that I would listen to while too high to do anything besides stare forward and think about my life

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Tue Jul 13 2021
5

Puh, da sprach ich vor knapp einer Woche von Teufel und schon ist er da, aus dem Karmacoma erwacht und erinnert daran, welch krasses Tier sich dort reckt und streckt. Hier sitzt jeder Beat, der Bass rollt, wie Gorillaz ihn immer rollen lassen wollte, Elemente klassischer Musik ohne jeglichen Kitsch trotz unverhohlenen Pathos; es hat Kontemplation und es hat Pop, aber noch dieser sympathischen Art, die dich auch an seine Ernsthaftigkeit glauben lässt, ehe es auf „Mezzanine“ zum Headliner Pop wird und es sich für Massive Attack zunehmend schwieriger gestaltet, zu entscheiden: machen wir nun eine für uns typische oder eine von uns erwartete Platte. „Protection“ war da grad kurz vorm Brechen der Welle, wunderschön, groß, abgründig groß, warm aber auch etwas schauderhaft. Und auch wenn man vieles auswendig kennt, so bleibt es mir frisch und keineswegs ausgehöhlt und über-hört wie es so manchen Hits’ Schicksal geworden ist. Aus der Tiefe einer ehrlichen Verbeugung 5.0

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

Really like this record. It was fresh and interesting at the time, and still sounds great today. However, it should have ended after 'Heat Miser', as that would have felt like a pleasing and natural conclusion - the addition of the live version of 'Light My Fire' at the end disrupts the cohesiveness and doesn't sit well with the rest of the album.

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Thu May 13 2021
4

A huge mix of a lot of different styles with no two songs sounding even remotely the same. The album starts so strong with ‘Protection’ having a bass that you can physically feel hitting your ears. This is the first Massive Attack album that I’ve listened to fully & I really enjoyed it

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Tue Oct 05 2021
4

It's kind of groovy, meditative, and a bit trance-like.

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Sun Dec 12 2021
4

Maybe I’ve heard the first couple of tracks too many times, because they didn’t do much for me. But after that I sat back and enjoyed the rest. The songs are well-written and I like the different vocalists – I even went to see Nicolette in a club having only heard her on this album. Tricky is even ok for a track or two. MA are definitely at the top of the heap in terms of those who led electronic downtempo/trip hop movement. I would give them a 5 if not for the Horace Andy cover of Light My Fire. And the fact that when we saw them live the only singer they brought along was Horace Andy, we got Tracey & Nicolette on vinyl. I concluded that seeing DJ/Producers wasn’t worth it – but then I saw Thievery Corporation with 5 vocalists and Groove Armada with a full band and changed my mind.

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Mon Aug 23 2021
3

Le parti migliori del disco sono quelle dove si sente l’influenza jamaicana ma comunque mi arriva ancora come acerbo il suono. Apparte karmacoma molti pezzi non hanno un’identità sufficientemente interessante però si sentono alcune trovate che porteranno ai più bei dischi successivi.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
3

ЧТО: Второй студийный альбом бристольского трио пионеров трип-хопа. Важный релиз с точки зрения творческого пути Massive Attack, ознаменовавший начало перехода от чистой электроники к живым инструментам. Альбом на перепутье. Дебютный Blue lines - уверенный электронный проект, а великий (без преувеличения) третий альбом Mezzanine - построен на живом звуке. Protection - это перевалочный пункт, своеобразная запятая. Не слишком популярный альбом, хотя и принципиально важный в дискографии MA, как звено в цепи. КАКОЙ: Музыка Massive Attack не определяется жанровыми рамками. Все, что мы можем услышать, - звуковой коллаж из разнообразных сэмплов, живых инструментальных партий, вокала разных исполнителей и элементов если не всех, то уж точно половины жанров музыки на планете. Многие песни, включая титульную, обладают относительно медленным темпом и сообщают спокойствие и сдержанность, характерные в принципе для трип-хопа. Темп композиций в целом упал по сравнению с Blue lines. Интересные, но местами грубоватые сочетания электроники с акустикой. Фортепианные мелодии на Heat Miser, например. На Mezzanine это смешение достигнет апогея, идея будет доведена до необходимого выражения. Песня Karmacoma потягивает на шедевр. Такой наэлектризованный рэгги. Очень занятно. Кроме того, коллега MA по изобретению трип-хопа - Трики появляется на этой песне с речитативом. Вообще на альбоме крайне заметно регги-даб влияние. Стоит только вспомнить об альбоме ремиксов на Protection от Mad Professor (одного из самых больших даб-продюсеров не только Британии, но и мира). Однако не обходится здесь, конечно, и без трип-хопа (куда без него), и звучит он мощно, не даром Massive Attack - признанные пионеры жанра. Поразительно кинематографичная музыка. Sly могла бы легко стать саундтреком к фильму про Джеймса Бонда. Даже духовая секция на четвёртой минуте как у Джона Барри. Про скрипку я вообще молчу. Сильная песня. Эти ребята мастера саундтреков. В целом ощущение от музыки приятное, даже во рту сладкий привкус. И все-таки не могу не придраться. Надо признать, что иногда Protection звучит не слишком уверенно и убедительно из-за метания между электроникой и акустикой. Стыки выходят грубоватыми. Но трое отличных музыкантов способны отшлифовать все неровности и сгладить переходы, что они и доказали на следующем альбоме. О ЧЕМ: Текстовая составляющая не выступает здесь движущей силой песен; она ставит акценты, подчеркивает мысль. В случае Karmacoma текст - также наследие регги. Тема духовной свободы от границ и стереотипов вписывается в любовную историю: «Нам будет плохо вместе. Ты не торопись, иди погуляй и выдохни, потом поговорим спокойно» - говорит лирический герой. Основная тема - душевные проблемы в различных вариациях. Важную роль играет тема незащищенности, возникающей вследствие отчуждения и обособления от общества. Об этом свидетельствует даже название. ИТОГ: Такой альбом - всегда показатель упорной работы исполнителя: эмоциональной, умственной, физической в конце концов. Крепкий и интересный, важный для самих Massive Attack, начинающий робко использовать живые инструменты вместе сэмплов. Такая музыка должна выпускаться и жить, потому что заставляет отвлечься от самокопаний и задуматься о чем-то, помечтать, справиться со всем, что навалилось, и побыть в кои-то веки собой. ЛУЧШИЕ ПЕСНИ: Protection, Sly, Karmacoma

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Sat Jul 10 2021
2

Two '94 trip hop albums in a row. Much preferred portishead out of the two and it was no where near as good as Blue Lines. I do like how the album artwork is a burnt out version of the flammable sign on the first album cover.

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Tue Mar 15 2022
2

This isn’t that good. Again! - Why is this on the list? I want to punish the person who thought we needed another Massive Atrack album - at least the last album had one good song - this is mediocre throughout. 😕

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Thu Mar 18 2021
1

I remember Massive Attack being cool, but it's sounding pretty boring to me now. Don't really have anything else to say about it.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
1

Pretty dope. Pared down. Unpolished. I’ve always preferred Pink Floyd without Sid Barrett but solo I like him. He’s got a psych-folk-proto-punk thing going. I hear Donovan, The Iggy and the Stooges, Brian Eno. “No good trying” is some proto punk with thrumming guitar and great drumming. A couple of the more proto-punk songs were real bangers but nothing else stood out, kind of faded into hypnotic, cool background music. Better than expected. B-

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Tue Nov 09 2021
1

I’m not sure how I feel about morisseys voice, but this album was perfectly fine. I don’t have much to say about it other than that it was completely acceptable in terms of sound and lyrics

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Mon Dec 06 2021
1

I got 2 mins into the first song and already wanted to go back to bed. Not something i'd listen to.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
1

Was listening to this while working in the hot sun and wanted to fall asleep.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
5

Blue Lines, Protection, Mezzanine. One of the greatest run of albums ever!

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

Excellent.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

Amazing chill album

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

Loved it, not heard this album before but really like Massive Attack., so wasn’t surprised.

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Mon May 10 2021
5

has a unique sound, if i had to put it in a playlist itd probably be with gorilaz songs. some songs kinda remind me of indian songs ive heard? all in all its a good album.

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Fri May 14 2021
5

Didn't know this Massive Attack album yet. Good.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
5

Great instrumentals

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Tue Aug 10 2021
5

A favourite, era defining for me.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
5

Fabulous chilled album that makes me wish I'd been old enough to go to Ibiza when it came out.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

Never listened to these guys before. I always assumed they were kind of metal-adjacent because of their name. Turns out they're actually Thievery Corporation-adjacent. Also turns out that I'm a Massive Massive Attack Fan. Adding to all my groove playlists.

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Sat Nov 13 2021
5

Heat Miser is fantastic. Loved every second of it. The album was overall good.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

Great, did not know what to expect but was great.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
5

perfect combination of samples and a great voice. drop the light my fire cover, but otherwise perfect

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Mon Feb 28 2022
5

Massive attack is always very cool

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Mon Feb 28 2022
5

Amazing album

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Mon Feb 28 2022
5

Fucking classic

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Thu Mar 03 2022
5

amazing

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Sat Mar 12 2022
5

Massive Protect

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Wed Mar 30 2022
5

funky, trippy, and above all cool. a very good consistent album with a great sound and vibe

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Tue Apr 05 2022
5

Genre creating masterpiece.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
5

Classic lo fi moody grooves with some stellar tracks and vocals (Tracey Thorn in particular) Still wonderful after almost 30 years.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
5

I hesitated over giving this album 5 stars - but not for too long. If an album is perfection then it's worth ranking it to the highest level. Protection was such a defining record when it was first released. It still tells us a lot about the mid 90's, without losing the edge over the pst 25 years or so. Sometimes I think it's the production that makes this album stand out; then I think it's the songs. Or maybe the vocals of Tracey Thorn alone? It's probably all three. Right place, right time. Still banging.

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Fri May 06 2022
5

This was a really nice one. I enjoyed it more than the other Massive Attack album we've had (which I rated 4 stars). Much more of the mellow goodness and less of the hip-hop or reggae elements I don't much (and better executed when it was present). A great listen.

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Sat May 21 2022
5

Perfect album. Defies definition.

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Sat Jun 18 2022
5

Songs I knew but didn't know were MA. So glad I was introduced to this.

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Tue Jun 21 2022
5

Very good listen in car drive home

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Tue Jun 28 2022
5

Protection e Better Things tem belos vocais. Banda bem interessante.

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Sat Aug 20 2022
5

Their best album, with the brillant Tricky still on board and with Travey Thorn. Maximquaye and Dummy in same year. Bliss.

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Sat Aug 20 2022
5

6/10, 60%

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Sat Aug 20 2022
5

I really like Massive Attack. This album is not on Mezzanine's level but it's close.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

Yes, yes, yes. Fantastic album by Incredible band, not listened to this in a very long time and reminded how great it was

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

so good, brings back many vague memories of when it came out! Both Tricky and Tracey Thorn are incredible here, such a great set of tunes throughout. I think it's their best by far

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Fri Sep 02 2022
5

Absolutely love this one.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
5

Quality sounds from the Bristol boys, doesn't quite have the rawness of blue lines or the menace of mezzanine. Still songs like karmacoma and spy glass make it a triumph

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Mon Sep 05 2022
5

Delicia

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Tue Oct 04 2022
5

I loved it then. I love it now. That is all.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

I don't know how to put it, but in simple terms: Massive Attack gets it. Even Protection, one of their lesser known albums (at least compared to other parts in discography) is full of that specific, slightly melancholic atmosphere. Every song takes you to a different place, like by pressing play, you are teleported to a land of chill and rhythm. The melodies and beats are always fascinating to get lost in it, and every track could have easily be 5 minutes longer with the main beat going over and over again. The selftitled, opening song is the greatest example. Its already almost 8 minutes long, but it's never boring, it just drills its attention deeper and deeper into your mind. It's just a great album and my only wish is that their other record will be on this list as well.

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Tue Oct 25 2022
5

I loved every single music. Went to my favourites!

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Sun Oct 30 2022
5

Masterfully crafted beats, songs emote feeling that gives you a sense of relaxing contemplation, must listen

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Fri Nov 18 2022
5

I LOVED this album from the moment it began all the way to the end.

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Sun Nov 20 2022
5

This album is Massive Attack at their finest, it does not suffer from second album syndrome.

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Thu May 06 2021
4

If it didnt have the cover of light my fire, this could potentially round up to a 5. As it stands, its still a really good album that builds a strong mood.

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Thu Sep 17 2020
4

classic, slow rock

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Mon Nov 09 2020
4

More of a 3.5. The instrumentals are great throughout but occasionally I dislike the vocalists (the "Light My Fire" cover is particularly bad). Love the Tracey Thorne cut, and didn't realize a band I liked had sampled from "Sly" (Does It Offend You, Yeah?'s "Wondering"). Favorite tracks: "Protection", "Weather Storm"

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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

Very, very, very good.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

Bit of a late night record. Not as good as Mezzanine but pretty close.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Great album

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

Enjoyed this, good ambient music for working; good beats/vocals/instrumental juxtaposition. Enjoyed Weather Storm, Sly, Euro Child... Not House music tho.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

Knew more songs than I thought, great background album

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Mon May 24 2021
4

Trip hop

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Tue Apr 06 2021
4

LOVE

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Sat Jul 03 2021
4

Great album! So much variety. Each track sounds like a different band.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

First 1001 album so nothing to compare. In its own right nice easy listening. Think it would be nice on driving somewhere on a winter's night.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

Not my vote for best Massive Attack album, but an excellent album nevertheless.

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Tue Apr 27 2021
4

good listen with some jams but overall the production value to Mezzanine is just so much better and that means alot to a band like this. Will listen again

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

decent

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

Pretty solid album. Has different sounds with each song. I really enjoyed the song Karmacoma. Very relaxing and funky sounds which I enjoyed.

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Mon May 10 2021
4

good but kinda boring

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Mon May 10 2021
4

interactive buddy album very chill and atmospheric, I can see why people think very highly of this favorite tracks: protection, spying glass, sly

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Mon May 17 2021
4

Surprisingly good. Definitely high music.

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Sat Jun 26 2021
4

Not my usual fare but I enjoyed it for what it was. It is un-categorizable in genre, but still feels unified.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

A favourite Still fresh ... so influential

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

Great album overall, standouts for me are protection, heatmiser, better things. Not a fan of spying glass or light my fire though so 4 stars.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

It's got a vibe. Good music for when you're unsure how you're feeling and want to cover all the bases.

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Mon Aug 23 2021
4

Sono sempre stato un po' un fan dei Massive Attack e questo album, che non avevo mai sentito, non mi ha deluso. Su questo disco c'è la loro firma inconfondibile, il giusto equilibrio di atmosfera, raffinatezza e senso artistico del pezzo. Le interpretazioni vocali sono tutte molto particolari come sempre. La produzione è forse una delle cose che mi ha sempre impressionato di più dei loro dischi e pensare che questo disco sia stato prodotto nel 1994 mi sembra incredibile. Diciamo che come lati negativi forse è difficile non confrontarli con i Massive Attack successivi e notare che mancano di un livello di raffinatezza superiore che svilupperanno più avanti, certi pezzi sono anche forse non sviluppati al meglio e l'album forse fa sentire lievemente la sua durata. Comunque un po' meno di 4 ma merita il 4.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

3.5 pero sube | Me vuelve a pasar con Massive Attack que el disco en general me es agradable y puedo disfrutar de sus detalles, pero me cansa el tema triphopero o electrónico y de pronto ya no le estoy prestando toda mi atención. Creo que este disco me gustó incluso más que el anterior que oímos de ellos por la fusión con otros ritmos y géneros que son lo que le da un poco más de variedad.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

3.5 | Después de el disco flojo y soso de Gotan Project este album cayó como un agradable refresco de memoria de la forma en que se puede hacer música electrónica, que puede ser suave, no bailable y no por eso aburrida. Un disco que no hay mucha forma de ponerle nombre, las canciones a pesar de que se pueden sentir de un estilo todas muy distintas, todas creativas, está ese trip hop en algo como Karmacoma, canciones medio ambientales que podrían sentirse influencia del vaporware como Weather Storm o una especie de reggae pop extraño con Spying Glass. Creo lo que me ha agradado mucho de este grupo siempre es que uno no sabe qué esperar, no hacen muchas canciones que se parezcan entre sí (como por ejemplo pudiera uno decir que Daft Punk siempre suena muy similar) y aunque sí obviamente se escuchan metidos en su estilo siempre se siente fresco incluso dentro de un mismo disco. Quizá lo único que me preocupa ahora es si esta lista va a tener demasiado Massive Attack, me puede gustar bastante pero en realidad van dos discos y todavía falta el que creo es el mejor de ellos. A veces siento que abusan de poner casi discografía completa de algunos artistas que no era necesario. En este caso incluso a pesar de mi gusto por el grupo yo no hubiera puesto en la lista ni el debut ni este, solo hubiera puesto Mezzanine... que en teoría todavía falta (o que quizá no venga y simplemente me quede confundido en cómo eligen esos dos sobre el otro).

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Sat Aug 28 2021
4

Loved it...undiscovered gem

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Sat Sep 18 2021
4

Superbly created music. Great for any occasion

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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

Perfect ambient work music. I ended up listening to the 'recommended songs' playlist afterwards for hours.

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Tue Oct 05 2021
4

Very 90s.

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Tue Oct 05 2021
4

The first couple of songs were not my thing but the rest was much more my cup of tea!

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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

Slaps

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

Added!

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Sun Oct 17 2021
4

Love it.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
4

A pretty good electronic album

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

Classy

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Fri Nov 05 2021
4

I have to be in the right mood, but this is just so deliciously smooth. Just lie back and let it wash over you.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

This album gave me Porcupine Tree vibes. Each song felt like it was performed by a completely different band. While I didn't always care for the lyrics, the tunes were very chill.

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Sat Nov 20 2021
4

7/10

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

I find it strange that the book has chosen this album and their debut Blue Lines as the two albums to feature from Massive Attack. The aggressive Mezzanine and spiritual 100th Window are both masterpieces. This is a good album but not a great album. The title track holds a special place for me. I’ve probably played the song hundreds of times and never get bored with it in the slightest. Tracy Thorn’s vocals are beautiful on it and the track itself is as emotional as it is hypnotic. Karmacoma keeps the momentum going and is a triphop classic. It was redone twice, once by Massive Attack without Tricky and once by Tricky for his solo album Maxinquaye. “Three” is an okay track but “Weather Storm” sounds like the music you used to hear on the Weather Channel when they would show their weather on the 8s local forecast. “Spyglass” had a good groove. but the vocals are a little weird. “Better Things” is another great Thorn vocal track. “Euro Child” hints at what’s to come with mezzanine and is probably the darkest track on the whole album. “Sly” and “Heat Miser” (with Darth Vader on vocals) are solid tracks and then there’s “Light My Fire.” I file this under what were they thinking? This track almost made me give the album a 3 but I like most of the rest of the album so a 4 it is.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

I really like Massive Attack so this doesn't come as a surprise to me! A strong 4, not a 5

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

Love me some Massive Attack, if Mezzanine isn't on this list somewhere down the line I riot. Protection is a good record, though front loaded quite heavily with a drop from Spying Glass onward but those first 4 tracks do a lot of heavy lifting.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

Massive Attack can be a little hit or miss for me, especially later on but Protection and Mezzanine are great albums

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Thu Dec 09 2021
4

yep, a milestone

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Sat Dec 11 2021
4

Doing so much damage

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

Þetta var eiginlega allt öðruvísi en ég hafði ímyndað mér Massive Attack. Guð hvað það er gaman að prufa eitthvað nýtt!

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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

Pretty cool

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Thu Dec 30 2021
4

This album is low key and groovy, and while it has lost a little luster for me, I still think it is a great album when I'm feeling extra moody.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
4

Moody, groovy, and surprisingly varied. Definitely a solid entry in the trip-hop genre; it's man flaw is that it lacks any real "stand-out" tracks for me.

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

So well put together.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

Thoroughly enjoyable - not quiet as good their first outing "Blue Line's". The Mad Professors remix of the album "No Protection" which used to do it back in the day would probably get 4.5 stars....

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

Really cool slow moody electronica. Nice vibe.

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Tue Jan 18 2022
4

An excellent introduction to chill triphop

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

Brilliant. Purchased immediately after listening.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

Really took me back, what a surprisingly diverse and interesting album this is.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
4

Muito bom quando aparece mais opção de trip hop.

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Mon Feb 28 2022
4

To be completed

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

Decent album with some memorable tunes. Don’t think I’d skip any either.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

Super songs mixed with not so good songs.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

My 3rd favourite MA album which still makes for an excellent listen. Overall a quieter affair than either Blue Lines or Mezzanine that can languish a little at times. The vocals are a particularly strong point and it is a very consistent listen front to back with moments of brilliance. The title track is one of those moments; absolutely gorgeous the show stolen by Tracy Thorn's vocals. Eurochild and Better Things are other examples of Massive Attack at the top of their game. Not as brilliant as Blue Lines but hardly the disappointment that some say. 4 🌟

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

Listened Before? N Pros: This was a great surprise! I've never listened to these people before at all. I'm usually not a fan of all electronic stuff, but they use the vocals so well over the top that it pulls it together very nicely. I think this is the best electronic music I've heard. Cons: Some songs drag a bit. Added to Library? N Songs Added to Playlist: Protection, Three

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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

Influential and good but not as well known as earlier debut album.

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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

Good enough.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

I loved loved loved the production and instrumentals here. If you want a chill, cool, yet moody atmosphere, this is it.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

Not as good as Mezzanine or Blue Lines. Still good.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
4

Very chill baby

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Fri Apr 15 2022
4

Starts off slow, but grows real nicely. Good stuff.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
4

i really, really liked the intro, i thought that it was very groovy. it’s giving off a very jazzy aura which i don’t listen to, too often but i enjoyed nevertheless ! solid 7/10😊😊

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Tue Apr 26 2022
4

I can’t believe I never noticed that the title track is 8 minutes long. Just goes to show how DAMN smooth it is. Passes like a river, and it could go longer and I wouldn’t mind. This is even better than Blue Lines- better choices, more mature. I love it so. Still not perfect, end to end, though… if Mezzanine doesn’t come up on this list at some point, I’m going to freak out!

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Tue Apr 26 2022
4

It took me a *very* long time to warm to this album. On the balance, though, it is the most ... authentic? organic? ... of MA's first three albums. (Mezzanine, which is my favourite, has Del Naja's bleakness hanging over it; Blue Lines is a great album, but a little bumpy win places.) Anyway...

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Wed Apr 27 2022
4

As with Massive Attack generally, I love about half of this album. Most notably their work with ‘guest’ vocalists Tracy Thorne and Horace Andy. Some great grooves and samples in there. The album in parts sounds very much of its time, production wise, but the songs that work really work. Spying Glass has always been the standout track here for me.

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Sun May 01 2022
4

‘Protection’ does its thing quietly and assuredly, with little fuss. It’s warm and intimate, thick and heavy, blunted and moody. File under ‘late night listening’.

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Tue May 03 2022
4

This was fun, reminded me of early Archive - I guess it should be the other way round, but nevermind. Anyway, chill beats, somewhat heavy, but not overwhelming. Light My Fire was a nice addition, but was it necessary? Highlight: Protection

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Tue May 03 2022
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Euro child

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Fri May 06 2022
4

More sultry and seductive than Blue Lines, but a steaming, chilled album

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Fri May 20 2022
4

Listened while playing Lego Star Wars

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Wed May 25 2022
4

Very chill

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Sun Jun 05 2022
4

Coolness made into an album

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Thu Jun 09 2022
4

The band name and album cover didn't really invite me in; I wasn't expecting to enjoy this album. But the groove just pulls you along into some kind of synth trance. Excellent for a chill vibe. Best tracks: Karmacoma, Three, Heat Miser. Not sure why Light My Fire is tacked onto the end, though.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
4

A groundbreaking album that's still a good listen.

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Tue Jun 28 2022
4

ProSexin

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Tue Jun 28 2022
4

I was thinking that these guys were crazy to put Massive Attack’s first three albums on here, but then I found out that Mezzanine isn’t included. Wtf Blobert? Anyways good album

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Thu Jul 14 2022
4

Give me 90s electronica any day. Not my fave album by them but interesting none the less - I really enjoyed Weather Storm.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

not bad

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Tue Jul 26 2022
4

This and the Mad Professor remix album would be a great double lp.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
4

This album pretty much receives the same verdict regardless of who’s reviewing it: brilliant, but not quite Mezzanine or Blue Lines. Overall, I’d agree with this but Protection absolutely deserves to be on this list. Tracey Thorn’s presence on the opening track immediately had me hooked and “Three” is one of my favourite Massive Attack songs. There are definitely some moments when the music becomes a bit background (as with their later soundtrack work), and the live cover of “Light My Fire” is a bit puzzling. But this is a great chill-out album, never the same experience two listens in a row.

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Sat Aug 06 2022
4

4 stars

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

FAV TRACKS: PROTECTION, WEATHER STORM, BETTER THINGS, EURO CHILD, SLY, HEAT MISER The production is pretty unique, really enjoyed this record. 8/10

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

Interesting. A bit slow for me I thought initially, but it grew on me, and I enjoyed listening to it. When the album had finished I didn’t think that I would be listening to it more than once, but by the evening I was playing it again, and I enjoyed it even more the second time around.

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Tue Aug 30 2022
4

Nice.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

Is this an good album? Yes, really good. Is this a classic? I'm less sure. Enjoyed listening (and re-listening), proper chilled out, (and love Tracey Thorn's vocals on Protection), but later on feels forgettable when compared to Blue Lines or Mezzanine.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

Overall a good album, my views very similar to the previous one I listened to

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Mon Sep 05 2022
4

loved it, and am glad to see that it's not the only album by them on the list, excited to get the other one!!

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Sun Sep 11 2022
4

It's one thing to hear an album where all the songs are completely new to you, but another to be immersed in a whole new sound entirely. This is steady, chill, and cool; it could be a soundtrack to an indie game or a record you play while you're high. It's very obviously a product of its time but that's not necessarily a bad thing, instead it brings back memories of the decade or reminds you of some of your favorite 90s songs that you've since forgotten. I'm particularly drawn to the instrumental tracks, it's like if the lofi beats to study to music was actually good. The rest of the album is good too, though. Overall, standout tracks are Protection, Weather Storm, Euro Girl and Heat Miser.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Moody and haunting. Maintains its freshness all these years later. Multiple vocalists keeps things varied. The sampling of the Tuvan throat singing on "Karamacoma" blew my mind, and I like nearly every song on this album, but it definitely loses some momentum towards the end.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

4.5

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Sun Sep 25 2022
4

Love that for me

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

i love it

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

A great album, not as good as mezzanine or blue lines. I’m also absolutely shocked to not even see mezzanine in the 1001 albums! It’s an absolute belter!!

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Tue Oct 04 2022
4

Now I understand why I always confuse Massive Attack with Everything But the Girl and Mazzy Star---the timeline, the vibe, the cool esthetic, and of course b/c Tracey Thorn sings the first tune on this fantastic album.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

Dodgy doors cover at the end but whole album cool asf

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

Not quite as focused as the albums either side of it in MA's discography, but still a great collection of genre-pushing soundscapes and hypnotic grooves. Sure, some of it sounds like video game music... but it all works

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

Good vibes good times

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

i like teardrop but IDK their other songs.

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Tue Oct 18 2022
4

Love this album. One of my all time favourites for sure

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

Large scuffle

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

there are better massive attack albums. there are also worse massive attack albums.

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Mon Nov 28 2022
4

3.5 Sometimes this list is strange, there’s this album, but Mezzanine isn’t.

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Mon Sep 14 2020
3

Not really an album I would have listened to by myself, but I really liked it. Sonically, I thought it was a bit disjointed but the themes all did come together. Some of the songs are also unnecessarily long, I believe.

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Tue Oct 20 2020
3

Fine. Didn't like it as much as Blue Lines, but yeah

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Fri Nov 20 2020
3

7.5/10

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Fri Nov 20 2020
3

Most songs were mid for me. I did like a lot of the production on the album but they could have done a better job with the rest of it. 6,5/10 but it might change after some more listens

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

It's good

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Thu Apr 15 2021
3

Interesting sounds and vibe. Nothing incredible, but definitely good work music.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
3

Dub, reggae, electronic, even kinda r&b vibes. Not previously familiar with this album, and I don't like it as much as Mezzanine or Blue Lines. Not a huge fan of the Everything but the Girl singer's voice. Do like the reggae/dub tracks. Sound great with good headphones, feel stoned just listening.

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Sun Feb 07 2021
3

1994, Trip hop, reggae, sehr experimentell, Instrumentals aus: Hip Hop, electronica, Jazz/Blues?; Gesang: Rap, flows, Soul Gesang, Instrumentals; männlich und weiblich, geht gut, starke 3

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

It was nice to revisit Massive Attack. Also ended up revisiting Tricky. What does it say about me that I want to give everything a 3 4 or 5?

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Thu May 27 2021
3

On paper I should love Massive Attack. I haven't heard this album, but their other albums underwhelm. Not "bad" just not worth the hype.

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

not that way inclined neither god or bad

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

No es su mejor disco. Pero es agradable y tiene buenos momentos.

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Fri May 14 2021
3

"Don't want to be on top of your list... Phenomenally and properly kissed..." (Karmacoma) Me esperaba un poco más de caña para un grupo con ese nombre.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
3

Sooooo ambient it was pretty boring. I like their later album, despite it also being super ambient, but this was just a bit long n slow for me

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Sat May 01 2021
3

Okay so it’s not bad. It’s weird but listenable. Mix between 90s pop and house music?

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Sat Jul 10 2021
3

Repetitive. Karmacoma is a throwback though

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

i thought massive attack would suit me less, but it was a vibe

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

I like this! Seems to have longer duration, than in reality.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
3

Hard to pin down album. Some of it i vibed with. But didn’t stand out to me.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
3

Pretty okay. I like the first track quite a bit. I have only listened to a little Massive Attack, but I think I might check out more. Didn't know they were this old either.

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Fri May 07 2021
3

Strange album that I liked more than I expected. Kind of as background music though.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
3

me gustó tampoco demasiado

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Mon May 24 2021
3

Pleasant enough, though nothing really grabbed my attention.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

An album from Massive Attack that's not Mezzanine? Okay, this is gonna be something. Has a few really interesting tracks on it. But a few of them are very strange and eclectic.

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Mon May 24 2021
3

Good listen. I appreciate the diversity in styles, and generally liked them all. I preferred the tracks with the female vocals. Better Things was a standout. Some of the tracks ran unnecessarily long.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
3

Chillig!

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Tue Apr 27 2021
3

Chill, smooth 90s

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Fri May 28 2021
3

Personally I'm not really a Massive Attack fan, though I do appreciate that it was a part of the early downtempo/chillwave sort of sound.

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Sat Jun 12 2021
3

My biggest complaint is that it was a little boring. Sounds good, but I don't think I will come back to anything other than the title track. I'm not sure I'm the biggest fan of this kind of music either. Highlight: 1.

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Mon Jul 19 2021
3

This album fucks. Idk how to describe the sounds but its such atmospheric stuff.

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Sat Jun 12 2021
3

It's a very cinematic album. It sounds like it could be in the background of a heist or spy movie. For a soundtrack, it's pretty enjoyable; however as a regular listening album, I think it's not something I can vibe out to or to sing along to. Favorite track: Heat Miser

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

MASSIVE ATTACK PEW PEW PEW

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