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Blue Lines

Massive Attack

1991

Blue Lines

Album Summary

Blue Lines is the debut studio album by English electronic music group Massive Attack, released on 8 April 1991 by Wild Bunch and Virgin Records. The recording was led by members Grantley "Daddy G" Marshall, Robert "3D" Del Naja, Adrian "Tricky" Thaws, and Andrew "Mushroom" Vowles, with co-production by Jonny Dollar. It also features contributions by singers Shara Nelson and Horace Andy. Generally regarded as the first "trip hop" album, Blue Lines blended elements of hip hop (such as breakbeats, sampling, and rapping) with dub, soul, reggae, and electronic music. Blue Lines was named the 21st greatest album of all time in a 1997 "Music of the Millennium" poll conducted by HMV, Channel 4, The Guardian and Classic FM. In 2000, Q readers placed it at number 9 in the magazine's poll of the "100 Greatest British Albums Ever". In 2003, the album was included on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and again in 2012 and 2020. Pitchfork ranked it at number 85 in its list of "The Top 100 Albums of the 1990s".A remastered version of the album was released on 19 November 2012.

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Rating

3.39

Votes

4446

Genres

  • Electronica
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5

The original trip hop album. Still sounds just as good now as it did 30 years ago.

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5

An album somehow both distilled essence of its time yet also timeless. With nods to 70s soul deep cuts and a melange of styles and genres, Massive Attack made this masterpiece for the ages. Absorbing, flowing, emotional - electronic music was rarely this introspective. And Unfinished Sympathy isn’t one of the greatest musical achievements of the century as the soaring orchestra builds and swells and Shara Nelson’s beautiful vocals ring clear and sweet creating a transformative, epic, maxi and mini track. Exciting and frightening.

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5

Vocals are dynamic but very much reminiscent of the time period. Instrumentation holds up incredibly well and is solely unique to Massive Attack, that is a sexy, futuristic fusion of multiple genres such as a hip-hop, soft rock, jazz, etc. in a near psychedelic manner.

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5

One of the best albums ever. Hands down.

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5

From the opening burbling bass of Safe From Harm, I was hooked. What a song. What an album. Genre defining. I love Mezzanine which is a more consistent album but the high points of Blue Lines are enough to carry the album to a 5 🌟rating

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5

Massive Attack is one of my favorite bands of all-time. The advent of trip-hop was amazing and this album illustrated the things to come from this english duo.

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Day 44 of AlbuMs You Must Hear. Before the genre trip-hop existed in 1991, English electronic music Massive Attack released their debut album, Blue Lines. This is a really chill record with lots of sampling, breakbeats and scratching. There is some singing and some rapping on Blue Lines but the true star of this show is the production. Check out the cool William DeVaughn sample of A Cadillac Don’t Come Easy on Be Thankful For What You Got. I really enjoyed Blue Lines by Massive Attack. Please share your thoughts, opinions and memories!!

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Makes me want to go out and buy rubbers.

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It's fine, but it's boring. Background music. 'Unfinished Sympathy' is a banger though.

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5

Groooooovy. Loving it. Best enjoyed with headphones.

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5

🌋😭🌋🌋 really good album bro. A lot of the drums are crazy good. One Love is fire . 1. Five Man Army 2. Unfinished Sympathy 3. Blue Lines The album incorporates hip hop, funk soul and electronic music together . I gotta stop reading the Apple Music description before hand.

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5

Excellent going on a couple playlists

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5

Smooth album. Large hip hop influence. Great vocals.

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5

Stone cold classic. Good to read the wiki and understand how pivotal it is. Tbh, can get a little pedestrian at times, but that’s the vibe I guess

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5

Seit gestern wieder nur zweiter im ewigen Battle: wer gefällt Guido besser, Blue Lines oder Protection? Aber wie das so ist in ewigen Battles: der Kampf ist noch lange nicht entschieden. Das hier featured Basslines für die Ewigkeit, den perfekten Popsong, und mit Hymn of the Big Wheel einen Grower, der auch nach Jahrzehnten bei mir immer noch Potential hat. Momentan: 4,7 Sterne

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5

Im Rückblick noch mehr Urknall als Grunge in dem Jahr. Weite, und ich meine weite Teile der 90er unvorstellbar ohne das Teil, Kruder und Dorfmeister waren ja bei denen im Kindergarten. Bass? Yeah! Drums? MEEEGAA. Aber auch die Raps möchte Vati lobend erwähnen: slick, smooth and juicy. "Bums", wie es so schön zärtlich in "daydreaming" haucht.

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5

Dark, moody and claustrophobic….. just a great great album

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5

“Unfinished Sympathy… one of the most moving pieces of dance music ever, able to soften hearts and excite minds just as keenly as Bacharach or McCartney.”

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5

Yay some trip hop!! And not only that, but maybe the ultimate trip hop! I love the hip-hop, reggae, soul and electronic influences but they're all beautifully curated into something very pleasing and calming to my mind. The bouncy beat on Hymn of the Big Wheel makes me feel delicious things. It's perfect to me, no flaws. Unfinished Sympathy, another tuuuune.

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5

Before I’ve even listened to one note I am stoked, I lived this album back in the day and it’s been years since I last have given it any AirPlay. Having re listened to it I wasn’t disappointed, every song is a total banger, each hitting home with strong beats, still loving their best known hit unfinished sympathy and ending with the hymn of the big wheel which I think is such a haunting tune

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4

So many different voices and sounds. Some reggae, some parts were more rap heavy. Really interesting.

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4

I started out listening to this thinking I liked the darker tone of Mezzanine better, and after finishing it I still think that stands. But other aspects of this album - Tricky’s rapping in particular - are better. Solid 4 stars.

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4

Solid, but sometimes a bit repetitive. Great for dancing by yourself in your room, I enjoyed it quite a bit. Favourites included Daydreaming and Blue Lines (the title track).

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4

I haven’t been this pleasantly surprised going into something I thought I’d dislike since my first viewing of “The Sound of Music” in a movie theater nearly a decade ago - this album combines hip-hop, dub, soul, reggae and electronic music into an incredibly satisfying melange.

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4

I love me some trip-hop. I think Mezzanine is a better album overall, but there's something really raw and significant about this album all the same. It really feels like it was at the crest of the wave for the genre - really enjoyed it

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Was ok - not really my jam

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I think I'm definitely missing something here and feel bad for giving it a 2 for a half assed listen on my part, but that's just the way it is.

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It's just kinda there nothing special imo

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Is it club music? Is it hip hop? Neither, both, but less than the sum of its parts. Underwhelming rhymes, sounds dated and very 90s but in a not great way. That said, there's a few decent tracks on here: Blue Lines, Unfinished Sympathy and Hymn Of The Big Wheel

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Maybe revolutionary in its day, but it does not hold up for me. It could be a victim of its own success, creating an oft copied formula, once a bright shining star, but now it just blends in with the streetlamps.

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2

Haven't we already listened to an album by this band? I'm just not into this type of music. It bores and annoys me

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When you are a pioneer, trying to blaze new trails, you don't always find the ideal route the first time. "Blue Lines" has been credited as the first trip-hop album, and knowing Massive Attack's trip-hop reputation I was excited to listen. However, these are clearly the early experiments of the genre, not its later heights. Some of the beats and structure were what I expected, but the soul vocals were not what I was looking for. And though I remember liking Tricky's solo stuff, the tracks that featured him were not much better. "Blue Lines" is somewhere in the 2-3 range, minus a star for the disappointment, plus a star for pioneering a genre that would later produce some amazing material... (Interestingly, after listening to this I stumbled upon Massive Attack's "Teardrop" on Sirius XMU. Definitely the Massive Attack song I'm most familiar with. So much better than "Blue Lines." Then a few songs later they played The National's "The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness." (We also listened to The National last week.) Fantastic song. Probably my favorite I've heard from them. Better than anything on "High Violet." I thought both of those popping up today was pretty serendipitous.)

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1991. Key Songs: Be Thankful For What You've Got

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great beats. werido lyrics and kinda off putting.

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Not a fan- Sounded like something out of the Matrix. Super 90's with the drum and base and techo kind of vibes.

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Meh

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I am no fan of trip-hop, and I wouldn't shed too many tears if the entire city of Bristol was to fall into the sea. This sounds...atrocious. Boring, dated - and how many times are they going to say the phrase 'massive attack'? I'm trying to imagine a scenario where I'd put this on out of choice, and am failing. Perhaps interrogating someone at Abu Ghraib?

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Synthy, cheesy white rapping over monotonous instrumental instruments. Confused reggae early 90s alt rock. Frankly, very bad.

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lukewarm beats and irritating vocals. Plodding and soporific. We've progressed a lot since this album. Was pretty happy when this album ended.

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5

great album

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5

Mummy! Mummy! The cat pissed all over my hair again. Please help.

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5

Brilliant album!

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5

Really liked this, listened several times.

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5

Sin ser el que más me gusta sí es el que más me sorprende, lo tiene todo para ser una obra maestra: mezcla de géneros para hacer uno nuevo, flow y rollo a rabiar, magnetismo a tope. Musicalmente es una locura y, en su momento, rompedor y totalmente novedoso.

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5

👌🏻💕

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5

great album, mezzanine my fave though

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5

Superb.

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5

Massive Attack haben mich geflashed, als ich sie das erste Mal entdeckt hab und tun es immer wieder. Düster, mystisch, fett, melodisch und überraschend. Das ist für sein Genre zeitlos.

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5

A true classic. And if 3D Del Naja is Banksy, then even better.

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5

Awesome rock album, some parts I didn't care for but some 5 star songs

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5

Дебютник моих любимок в мире трип-хопа. Не лучший их альбом, но все равно хороший 9/10

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5

*classic alert* I have this one on cd from years ago.. My second favourite massive attack album I reckon, just behind mezannine

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5

Great album from start to finish

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5

6 of 1,001. Already own. Brilliant.

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5

Nice!

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5

A veritable banger, already with many plays by me. I think I'll always prefer Mezzanine and Heligoland, but this is so impressive for a debut. Fav new track: N/A, but fav old track is prob still Safe From Harm. Memories of drilling the iwaslookingbackatyou section back in the day...

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From the opening burbling bass of Safe From Harm, I was hooked. What a song. What an album. Genre defining. I love Mezzanine which is a more consistent album but the high points of Blue Lines are enough to carry the album to a 5 🌟rating

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5

Very bassy and chill Awesome for 'high' setting

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5

That was nice.

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5

4.5/5. Can definitely hear the influence on Radiohead and NIN, and how it expanded use of samples. British rap tho 😬

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5

Awesome, I would have never found this on my own.

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5

I enjoyed it

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5

An absolutely gargantuan album of early trip hop. A definitive album of the genre. And you get Unfinished Sympathy to boot. 5 stars all the way.

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5

Love leve. Love

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5

Amazing

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5

Massive 🔥

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5

Awesome album, one of the ones I enjoyed most so far. Equally capable of being background music or being the focus of attention. Safe from harm and the majestic unfinished sympathy dominate, but all tracks work really well as a piece.

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5

The big wheel keeps on turning…

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5

Truly an innovative direction in music and the start of triphop as a genre.

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5

Good in ‘91 and still grooves. Excellent cool as ice jazz and soul samples and covers. Rapping and wordplay are clever. Production and music is excellent. Mix of singing, reggae and rap is a good variety. Top notch, but do I prefer this to Protection? Are they both good enough for 5*? Probably!

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5

Before it was called trip hop it was called acid jazz which frankly is a huge turn off. I always liked Mezzanine more than this but this really kind of started off a whole genre. Shit is fire. Really inventive stuff, kind of mashed up a bunch of things that was swirling around the UK club scene at the time. Although they did it better later with the aforementioned Mezzanine, and Portishead is really the gold standard of the genre- you can look at this album as the most influential in trip hop.

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5

Every time it ended I hit play again, and I just kept turning up the volume. (:

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5

Prior to this, Teardrop was the only song of theirs I knew. I enjoyed the whole album!

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5

Perfection!

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5

Inspired. Trip hop at its smoothest, freshest and funkiest, full of brooding emotion.

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5

Fantastic. Thought I would find it middling. Instead I loved it all.

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5

Just fabulous. And magical. Adore this album.

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5

very cool

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5

Flawless. The singing alone on Hymn of the Big Wheel...

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5

Classic. It's not my favourite of their albums, but it is a timeless wonder.

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5

listen without prejudice they say, it's so hard. I grew up in Bristol, I was a teenager when this whole thing was kicking off. So strip away the hometown pride and teenage navel gazing what have you got? Basically a tsunami of an album one of the most distinct and incredible elements of this album is the bass, the bass is omnipresent loud and driving you have to remember that it was all guitars at the time. but they brought that heavy bass sound. Songs like safe from harm and one love, make Bass the king. the other thing that's great about this album is no one owns it, you have Horace Andy singing, 3D and Tricky rapping and Shara Nelson's iconic vocals. each song sounds differnt each song engages you in a differnt way, Yet it's cohesive. To me this album is the definition of collaboration. I could go on and on, folklore and drama surround it, but it's the music right and the music is so sweet. The shipping rhythms, the rolling bass and dream like pads make the music a waking dream something dark and beautiful. I'd give this a 6 if I could it's their best album by far and one of the best albums I've heard on this darn book list.

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5

Another perfect album

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5

4.5

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5

Very good! Loved it!

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5

This is SOOO my type of music

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4

Really liked it. Nice and mellow.

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4

Solid. A couple tracks that did nothing for me, but a good introduction. Would've preferred more instrumentals, but I liked it. Sounded fantastic in my headphones (Pandas)

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4

Rytmisk, hiphop-produktion, samples

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4

4 star mostly pretty good, nothing outstanding bar unfinished sympathy

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4

Liked 6/9 songs, good diversity of vocals. 3.75/5

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4

Enjoying this one more than I did before.

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4

nice mix of alt sounds. Enjoyed

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4

Best album so far, I heard a lot of samples from this album that I hear in everyday rap

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4

SCORE: 7/10 The Horace Andy tracks are mediocre, the Shara Nelson tracks are spectacular, and the rapped tracks are pretty solid.

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4

Classic

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4

Great listening while cruising to Beverly Hills for a pick up, very cool album

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4

Good old school soul and funk.

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4

Yeeeessssss liked it. Airport music in the best sense of the term. Still prefer Groove Armada but the hip hop all over this is better than GA pull off. Excellent cover of Be Thankful too - TUNE

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4

El Triphop en definitiva no es mi género favorito y me cuesta mucho trabajo mantener la atención durante todo el disco. Sin embargo, creo que merece puntos extras por muchas razones: gran uso de voces, mezcla de ritmos y estilo, excelente sonido de los bajos, y obviamente por haber sido el álbum pionero de este género. Me lo quedo para tener de fondo en momentos de stress.

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4

Que discazo aunque renieguen de ser los padres del género, el trip Hop me gusta mucho y Bristol ha dado buenas bandas. Esa mezcla de Hip Hop, rock, rap, electro es sublime

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4

Subversive...

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4

Modern classic that didn't seem to have aged. Best Song: Unfinished Sympathy

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4

Tiene rolas que son 4 y tiene rolas que son 2, y tiene unas que son 5. Eso me lleva a un sólido 4 y a la necesidad de establecer un claro marco de referencia para las calificaciones: 1. No me gustó. 2. No me gustó pero reconozco las importancia del disco o las chingonería musical del artista. 3. Me gustó, pero no me parece un pinche discazo. 4. Un pinche discazo, pero quizá tenga un par de rolas que nomás no. 5. Un puto discazo.

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4

Great album, loved this equally as much as their other album. Such a unique sound and tons of amazing instrumentals.

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4

So good. Have listened to this for decades.

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4

Good electronic shit, nice remix collection nothing more to add

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4

Solid Album

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4

Excellent album. Completely new to Massive Attack. Fusion of hip hop rock reggae etc. A really fun listen

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4

Desde "Safe from Harm" pasando por "Blue Lines", "Five Man Army" pero sobre todo por "Unfinished Sympathy" y "Hymn of the Big Wheel". Dudo entre 3 o 4 estrellas. Peros serán 4.

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4

High highs, low lows

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4

Enjoyed it but skipped 'Daydreaming'.

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4

Pretty good trip hop

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4

Absoluter Meilenstein. Der persönliche Übergang für meinen Musik Kosmos. Neue Galaxien jenseits der Gitarrennebel hat mir dieser gritty Millennium Falke aus Bristol eröffnet. Dabei half der am Crossover Geschütz ballernde Tricky und der tränenverschmierte Depri Pop von Portishead als Eskorte bei der Orientierung aber Massive Attack blieb lange der Leitstern, ohne den das Unkle’sche Schwarze Loch wohl unerreichbar geblieben wäre. Diese Zeit nahm ich zudem als MTV golden era wahr, weswegen auch ihre Videos ganz maßgeblich bei popkultureller Kartographie gewesen sind. 4.2

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4

Rlly chill. Great source for inspo

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4

Creative. Samples. Boom

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4

Not listened to this in ages. Great

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4

Another album that is good for background listening. 2 classic songs which give it 4 stars

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4

Tämä olikin ihan positiivinen yllätys. Alkuun oli joitain ennakkoluuloja Massive Attackia kohtaan, tämäkin kuuluu niihin bändeihin miltä on joskus aikanaan biisin tai pari kuullut ja sitten jos ne eivät osuneet, niin kuuntelu jäi sitten siihen. Tämä levy jäi mieleen rytmikkäänä ja (suhteellisen) menevänä. Ei ollut silleen liian eteeristä huminaa ja jumittelua, vaan energistä tavaraa. Brittiräppäystäkin on kiva kuunnella ainakin pieninä annoksina silloin tällöin.

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Listening on Napster- 2012 Master/Mix 1. Safe From Harm- chill, relaxing, great beat and vibe 7/10 2. One Love- reel catchy beat, slow chill relaxing. 8/10 smooth clean. Really love all the random sounds and instruments (turn tables /piano) 3. Blue Lines- lyrics are really smooth and cool and flows. Hip hop beat and flow with jazzy background 7/10 4. Be Thankful For What You’ve Got- Marvin Gaye sounding vocals and flow as well as the smooth vibe Marvin esque music with a synthesizer 80s hip hop background. 8.5/10

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4

Big Attack would suffice. No need to be arrogant. An example of a massive attack is Andy Carroll and SHACK.

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4

Rästissä olevien levyjen takia meinasin jättää kertakuunteluun, mutta näin perjantain kunniaksi pyörittelin uudestaankin. En mikään electro/hiphopin suurkuluttaja ole, mutta joskus olen Massive Attackia eksynyt kuuntelemaan. Ihan raikasta vaihtelua hypätä afrikkalaisesta gospeltyylisestä acapella kuoromusiikista triphoppiin. Hyvin ajankohtasidonnaisia nämä arvostelut yleisestikin ovat. Blue Lines kolahti paremmin kuin hyvin aurinkoisen perjantaiaamun fiiliksiin. Jatkoon.

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4

this lowkey slapped. will i ever listen to it again, likely no. BUT it was a good time.

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4

aivan mahtava

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4

90's Trip-Hop. Some absolute classics on here - if a tad coffee table. Go round to someone of a certain age's dinner party and this will probably get busted out as the night goes on. Not necessarily as bad as it sounds. Best Tracks: Safe From Harm, One Love, Unfinished Sympathy

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4

Solid.

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Mmmm jaaaaa! Sade from harm är 👌🏼👌🏼 Asså mycket bra, kanske till och med en femma..!? Vi får se men lutar dit kanske

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4

Gefällt mir sehr, auch wenn Unfinished Sympathy durch die 90er Talkshow Arabella versaut wurde - jedes Mal muss ich bei diesem Lied an diese komische Sendung denken.

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4

Chilliges und irgendwie zeitloses Album. Hat mich entspannt durch den sonnigen Tag begleitet. Fällt mir irgendwie schwer, das mit Gitarrenmusik zu vergleichen. Für ein elektronisches Album 4 Sterne

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4

Erstaunlich smooth für eine Band mit diesem Namen hat mir beim Autofahren ziemlich gefallen, ohne das ich heute viel dazu sagen könnte. Machen wir Mal 4 :)

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4

I really, really like good R&B based music. This album walked the line b/t experimental and standard well. No songs stood out as exceptional, which is a shame. Still really liked the album as a whole

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4

Hot damn, this is good. Chill af

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4

Für Elektro, was gar nicht meins ist, echt ein sehr cooles Album. Super Songwriting, sodass die Songs sicher auch „unelektrisch“ funktionieren.

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4

Strange but very good. Interesting to say the least.

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4

Particularly enjoyed Unfinished Sympathy, which had to have influenced Moby’s “Porcelain.”

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4

Now we're talking. The birth of Trip Hop. I'll listen to that funk all day!

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4

First impression is soothing lo-fi-ish R&B, very listenable, but I suspect I didn’t give it the attention it deserves yesterday, especially lyrically. Worthy of another listen when I’m not so distracted. Musically though, very nice.

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4

very 90's vibe. Smooth hip hop vocals mixed with a variety of different styles. guess this is the birth of trip hop or something

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4

Has some tunes, liked it, didn’t love it.

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4

Mezzanine is far superior than this one imo.

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4

This is good. Not as profound as their other album but very listenable. 4

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4

A hazy, groovy, classic debut. Though they went on to do better things, this album still holds up.

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4

Ate britain. De fana dock bör lyssnas

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4

Super chill and impressive album. Great find!

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4

I love this album

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4

Très smooth, un bon groove et une bonne ambiance pour un 1er album. J’ai reecouterr en journee et j’aime vraiment le melange de style. 4.15

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4

This album is very good. I enjoyed it a lot.

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4

Really cool. I really enjoyed this

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4

It took a couple of listens to really appreciate this fully, even though I've always liked trip hop. Definitely better after a second go round but some of the rapping prevents this getting 5 stars. This was a great album in that it created the template for trip hop and the Bristol Sound but their letter albums like Mezzanine are stronger.

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4

need tha instrumental only pack

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4

Just lately I've realized that I really like trip-hop and I've been listening to a couple of trip-hop playlists. On those playlists I regularly find myself skipping Massive Attack tracks though, so I wasn't really looking forward to this one. I love the trip-hop sound they've pioneered with this album, but I simply don't really enjoy the abundant hip-hop and reggae parts they threw into the mix. As it turns out, that bothered me a bit less on this album than on some of their later work and I even enjoyed the rap on Daydreaming (a rare thing for me).

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4

Skeptical at first, but came around by the end of the album.

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4

Goes big and then goes home. Saving a star for the next one

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4

It seems that The Lonely Island bumped this album right before they laid down ‘Jizzed in my Pants.’ Not bad for 30 years old. 3.25 stars.

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Très nice, premier album de trip-hop que j'essaye et aucunement déçu. Très relax, s'écoute tout seul, bonne atmosphère

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I remember thinking I was the koolest bees knees when I found this album at home when I was like 13/14 and was super cool for liking it. I guess I was.

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Whilst I prefer Portishead, this album is still fresh today. Still sounds as dark and oppressive as it did back in the day

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Loved this 4*

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Not *quite* as good as Protection. Don't care for the lofty high pitched female vocals on a few tracks. Still really enjoyable though! Second half is better than the first.

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Pretty good 90s trip hop from Britain

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THINGS MASSIVE ATTACK'S "BLUE LINES" ACHIEVED: • Making such a solid blend of hip hop, soul, reggae, and electronic music (I love how these elements mix well and get baked into one delicious bread). • Making the first "trip-hop" album, probably igniting the trend for the mentioned small genre (it's amusing how it went from this to something like "Roads" and "Teardrop"). • Making an album that is interestingly both chill and upbeat. • Showing how can terrible vocals and terrible raps be saved with great production. • Making one of the worst and the most low effort album covers.

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While this album isn't nearly so polished and forward thinking as what Massive Attack would accomplish with Mezzanine, Blue Lines works as its own thing. The soul/R&B influence shines through in a really cool way; very different from what I've heard in previous electronica movements. Not their best work, but still really worth the listen 4/5

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Damn man. This was great, so wavy. Lyrics and beats really did their work. And the closing song, Hymn of the Big Wheel!!!! Always love an album with an excellent start and finish.

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Interesting

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Strong opening with safe from harm

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Safe from Harm and Unfinished Sympathy are absolutely perfect. Several more are great. But there’s a lot of throwaway too. All the things this is good at— Mezzanine and Dummy are much better overall.

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I liked this a lot. Pretty great stuff!

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nice

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"Pa san se zavalija, totalno pasivan, Slušan Marley-a i Attack koji je masivan" <3. Čuješ prve note glazbe i glasa na albumu da je ovo noćna muzika. VAŽNO! = ako ovaj album slušaš po danu, radiš to krivo i album neće imati taj štih ko što ima po noći, trust me. TBH, nije kvalitete kao Mezzanine, ali je definitivno odličan početak karijere, pogotovo drugi dio albuma kad su se zaredale odlične stvari poput: Five Man Army > Unfinished Sympathy > Daydreaming. Vrijedi ga poslušati - definitivno ako ti paše trip-hop, ne možeš fulati sa ovim albumom.

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The Massive Attack one is my favourite so far. 4/5, will be listening to it again. Very chilled, electronic plus gentle hip hop. Opening track is super, quality stays high until you hit Unfinished Sympathy (the one track I knew before today), then drops a little but the last track is great again.

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não esperava gostar mas pelo menos da primeira música gostei???

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4

An inspired combination of spoken word and electronic music.

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Trip-Hop at it's finest and it still holds up despite the passage of time.

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Why do I like trip hop!?

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Better then i had expected. Scratched a 90's nostalgia itch. It sounds like what the cool kids were listening to.

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A new find! Enjoyed it!

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In my earlier review of Protection, I noted I prefer their later work, like Mezzanine and 100th Window...but I hadn't heard Blue Lines (their debut), so I think the real issue was Protection suffered from the sophomore slump. I liked all the tracks on this album, although it took a little while for me to appreciate it as more than just background music. It's missing a little something that would make me give it a 5, but it's definitely enjoyable and worth hearing again so I'll call it a 4. Favorite tracks: Safe from Harm (cool opening track), Be Thankful for What You've Got (I thought this sounded like a modernized version of a 70s soul song - turns out it is...the original by William DeVaughan is really good, but I also like Massive Attack's take on it), Unfinished Sympathy (love the strings), Hymn of the Big Wheel (this was the track that kept catching my attention the first few times when I was mostly listening to the album as background music).

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Downtempo melodic chillax mixtape. First time listened

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Nice chill album

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Great album!

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In the early 90s, when hiphop was exploding in seemingly all sorts of directions, Massive Attack was at the forefront of a new subgenre that incorporated hiphop beats with downtempo atmosphere. This would come to be known as Trip Hop, and Blue Line was one of the first to embody this sound. Massive Attack grounds the music in Soul vibes, pulling from different vocalists to sing and/or rap over their unique beats. A lot of Blue Line feels very smokey, mellow, and cool. This sort of hazy sound lends itself well to the R&B vocal styles, which really rounds out the songs to make them sound more complete. Massive Attack has created a really unique album here and I appreciate the successful blend of genres.

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Electronic trip hop! I enjoyed, but without loving. Some tracks I recognised. Ambient, dancy. Good bass, rhythm, often tune over the top with little between for space on the sound. Liked but need to listen more to really decide.

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Massive Attack, way ahead of its time.

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Very chill. Super iconic. Yup, fits the bill.

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I'm not an expert on trip-hop but I think it's worth appreciating the album as many do as the origin of the genre. Based on my listen, I should give the genre a try cause this is pretty sick

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Decent lines

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As putting on a mask activates Jim Carrey, putting this album on takes me to a different place. Very enjoyable

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No track feels out of place in this trip hop classic. The album starts strong with a driving bass line in Safe from Harm and doesn't let up. Musically diverse with a mix of different genre influences that all seem to work together perfectly. Stand out tracks are of course, Safe from Harm and Unfinished Sympathy; but each and every track is a killer. Great album!

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So many genres fused on this one, I especially like the dub and electronic mix. Good stuff.

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This is a jam - feels a little more dated than mezzanine, less dark and more kitchy hip-hop vibes, but overall still great.

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Enjoyable listen. Can sense a lot of hip-hop and dub influence throughout. The electronic production is excellent, as well as the vocal mixing. Album feels unpolished in certain areas, but definitely a groundbreaking release at the time. Incorporation of strings on Unfinished Sympathy, and the use of percussion (digital & analog) on Hymn of The Big Wheel were highlights for me.

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Safe from Harm and Unfinished Sympathy are absolutely perfect. Several more are great. But there’s a lot of throwaway too. All the things this is good at— Mezzanine and Dummy are much better overall. {prior rated}

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This album is a classic and encapsulates shifts that were taking place in electronic and experimental music at the time. It is art, it is weird, it Massive Attack is effective at conjuring a moody, damp, groovy atmosphere. Little rough around the edges compared to what their sound evolved to be in later albums, but is an important contribution to its genre. I always have to skip One Love because I can`t stand the vocalist; conversely, Unfinished Sympathy is a masterpiece imo.

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Trip-hop. Me ha gustado. Un 4.

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It is both iconic and the home of some pretty bad poetry

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Love Massive Attack and their massive influence on music. This album basically created trip hop. On top of that, it just plain slaps.

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Agora eu sei escutar trip hop.

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Pretty decent at parts, but also seems to fall flat on quite a few tracks. Probably 5/9 of the songs I enjoyed quite a bit but the others didn’t make much impact on me. Might come back to it to see how it grows on me tho. 7/10

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My mate Jeff had a new sound system in his car, wanting to show it off, he picked me up to drive around town, when the opening the bassline kicks in - whoah - what is this awesomeness?! This was my introduction Massive Attack. Safe From Harm is a killer opener; Unfinished Sympathy - an anthem for a generation. We drove around for the rest of the album, we felt so cool - good times, great tunes. Last I heard, Jeff had his drivers license revoked for careless driving.

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A great album

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This album has been on my “to do (listen)” list for a long time and never got round to it until now. And it’s a good ‘un. I love the groovy deep bass and the exotic sounds (or possibly samples) that pop up. There's a nice mixture of singing and rapping and I especially enjoyed Shara Nelson’s soulful vocals. There’s plenty of variety and the diverse nature is one of the strong points. ‘Unfinished Sympathy’ is a classic anthem from the early nineties. It wasn’t quite a 5 star album (based on one listen) but I wonder if I just need a few more listens to fully appreciate it’s magnitude.

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trip hop. Dope start, 4

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Dig it

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Hadn't heard of them....loved it...good grove

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Amazing. I love massive attack. I like their later work best but this is great

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It’s a vibe. Unfinished Symphony is a highlight, but overall a solid album

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4 I knew nothing about Massive Attack going into this, but holy shit I enjoyed this record. It really felt like all the best parts of 90s hip hip, electronica, and big beat wrapped up in one cohesive package. I really feel like the cycling of vocalists also helps the album feel fresh throughout. Safe From Harm and Hymn of the Big Wheel are a great opener and closer, respectively as well. Really curious to check out more of their work! Unrelated to my rating - the text on text action going on in the album cover lowkey drives me nuts. Favorite songs: Safe From Harm, Unfinished Sympathy, Daydreaming

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Undoubtedly cool and vibe-y and obviously influential though one's not qualified to say whether it's the greatest downtempo album ever. One certaintly doesn't agree with the notion that "Unfinished Sympahty" is the song of the decade. The vocals are pretty shaky at times and sound dated, but would have been ahead of their time, viewed slightly differently. The follow-up records are better – Protection for the chiller, fatter grooves and less-is-more vocals and Mezzanine for its sheer massiveness and fond memories of the day (the exclusion of the latter from this list makes no sense).

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not too bad. i've never heard the full album before but I am pretty sure I've come across a couple of songs here and there. MA was a big late-night rage favourite in the 90s. It's kinda catchy but just not my thing, no staying power. like a slightly more interesting, less annoying version of what moby was doing a few years later. 3/5.

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kinda dated but decent!

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Interesting

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Enjoyed this blast from the past and may bear it in mind when wanting to listen to something other than my normal rotation. I enjoy many tracks but anything with rapping in it turns me off. 3.7/5 so 3 stars.

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Low tempo hip hop. Nogle gode numre men også en del hvor det stikker lidt ud og bliver meget dated. Et hit og 3 andre gode numre. 3.5 stjerne

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Not bad

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way older than expected too much hip hop too few hooks

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Passe kult

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Ensikosketus varhaisempaan Massive Attackiin. Ehkä tämä oli pieni pettymys odotuksiin nähden. Melko tasapaksu biisimateriaali jossa yksikään biisi ei nouse muiden yläpuolelle.

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El estilo musical de este disco me recordó a algún disco de Moby. Música electrónica mezclada con Rap / Hip Hop. Me quedé con la canción de "Unfinished Sympathy", pero el resto del álbum no me agradó tanto. Creo que no es mi género.

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On in the background

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I get the historical significance, but this did not age very well at all. And the horrendous rapping... OMG.

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so this is how trip hop started. good album. really enjoyed the atmosphere and the samples. great beats and vocals. fav tracks: Safe from harm, Daydreaming

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Chill

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Great instrumentals. Didn’t live the voices/lyrics

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It was alright very early 90s hip hop but it was trying too hard to be trippy

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Got that glitch hop origins vibe. Reminds me of the matrix for some reason. Like OG matrix guarantee would use Massive Attack for their soundtrack.

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Ni tan tan ni muy muy

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Fun, darkish experimental album. I'm sure it was even more out there when it first came out. Good vocals and the instrumental breaks felt a bit long at times but were still enjoyable.

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Et bra og interessant album. Just short of 4 stars. Albumet har flere veldig gode tracks, spesielt "five man army". Trommeloopsa er funky, med en karibisk twist. Dette er album jeg forstår blir satt høyt oppe i et musikkhistorisk perspektiv. Ikke bare er det tidlig underground-ish hiphop, men britisk attpåtil. Du kan høre inspirasjonen, men også hva dette albumet ville selv inspirere further down the road. Hva som holder albumet vekk fra en 4-stjerners, til tross for sin nyskapning innen hiphop, kreative produksjon og mørke, stemningsfulle tekster og tematikk er kontinuiteten. Ikke alle sangene er like gode, det varierer, og til tider kan man høre hvor gammelt dette albumet var. Personlig var jeg ikke en superfan, men setter veldig pris på hva albumet representerer. blir en svak/grei 7 av 10, 3 stjerner

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I think there are elements and styles within this album that make it worth listening too but overall I found it a bit boring. Perhaps I just am not into this band and their style, or that I don't have much experience listening to their niche, but I wasn't blown away by this.

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Started off so strong and I was ready for a great album...fizzled out into mediocrity disappointingly fast.

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I enjoyed this more than Protection. Cool album!

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Enjoyed some tracks but can't be doing with rap

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ok - probably won't listen to again

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I really don't like electronic music, but to my surprise, this is a nice album. According to Wikipedia, it starts the style of trip-hop with the mix of electronic and hip-hop and I think that this mix made my opinion change a little. It's not the type of music that I choose to listen to during my day, but at some electronic party, these songs would be a very good choice.

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Not one I would’ve listened to otherwise but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Good background beats for a lot of the tracks but also some bangers.

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3/5

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OMg this is great! Why haven’t I listened before? Precursor to The Heavy - very cool. It’s really good. Good. Ok, I guess. Kind of repetitive. I’m bored with this.

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I have a hard time rating this. I kind of feel like the songs are tense, but not really exciting. Like it’s good, but also fades into the background easily and it doesn’t really pump me up

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Liked the last song the best

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good mellow rap/rock

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Ooh I'd heard their self titled but hadn't heard this, I really like the heavy dub feel here. Been liking that electronic/ambient/dub crossover zone recently

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Aight men kunne vært bedre musikk, maid Jo bedre, litt bedre. Lydene var gode, men litt svake på en sterkt måte.

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Mellow

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Verwechsel ich immer mit Air

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Hatte ich krasser in Erinnerung ist aber ganz ok

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A weird hodgepodge, with some beautiful and some pretty bad taste stuff.

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ok album, but Unfinished Sympathy is on another level 3.49/5

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Interesting album! Trip-hop, some reggae vocal influence. Enjoyable to listen to but probably wouldn’t seek it out again.

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Is that you banksy? Shitting in your hands and clapping is not as good as this album. I tried both to be certain.

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Went in hoping for more like Tear-drop. Didn't get it. An ok album.

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Listened to about half, instrumentals were very good(great bass and drums) wasn't a fan of the vocalists so much

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6.5/10

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Blue Lines is the first song to win me over, the transition into the next song from Blue lines is also very clean and admirable. Expected nothing until Five Man Army until I realised this is the same Massive Attack that's made Teardrop, either way. Five Man Army's drum placement at the end is phenomenal. Every song after that is very vibe-able to, and the album picks up pace but it's very easy to forget the difference in the songs here. Still, daydreaming is perhaps my favourite of the last 4. 3+/5

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Feels like an old school movie score (atleast the opener did) Not a vibe I'm feeling but can understand the appeal, good work music if nothing else.

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Was okay, just not my type of music

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I must have heard these tunes in a hair salon once, or a fashion show on television...they have that clean, upbeat feel. I can listen to this again, but I'm not sure if it moves me.

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better than the last albums i've gotten on here.

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Chill. Funky. Some of the sings are kinda similar to Gorillaz. Lotta different voices. Title track is cool.

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intersting

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me encantó, es un discazo!

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Musically solid. The vibe, the beat... enjoyable and a good listen. I actually think the vocal style really detracts from it, however... in too many instances (male voice) it is too plain and uninteresting. I'd rather just have the groove.

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not for me

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Ehh, didn't enjoy this as much as other triphop i've heard. Still some good parts, but a lot of the beats felt meh and i despise the song Unfinished Sympathy due to my mom playing it way too much.

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Not sure about this. Wanted it to be better.. Its got one of the best ongs of all time on it (Unfinished Sympathy) but everything in the run up to that track has been very average. It's good, clever, it's got little nods/references to classic tracks in there. But just a bit flat overall. 3/5

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Not my favourite Massive Attack Album. nb though

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There is a groove but with little variation. Samey. Heard it all before. Never really gets going.

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Really nice album, cool smooth sound

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Good relaxing lounge like album very 80s

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its alright, r&b/soul mixed with electronic beats but its doesnt really excite me

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a lot of familiar stuff

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I wasn't very familiar with Massive Attack, but I like the downtempo hip hop vibe. I think Daddy G put it well when he said "what we were trying to do was create dance music for the head, rather than the feet". It seems I also agree with the masses here with my top pick 'Unfinished Sympathy'.

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Bressol del so de Brighton i un dels trets de sortida del trip hop, em passa amb ell el mateix que amb l'estrena de Tricky, coprotagonista aquí també: mai ha aconseguit arribar-me de la mateixa manera que altres discos, ja no tan sols del génere (Portishead, Sneaker Pimps, etc) sinó de la mateixa banda; 'Mezzanine' em sembla molt més recomanable per exemple. Malgrat tot, la qualitat hi és i no posaria en dubte les raons per incloure'l a la llista de referència

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1991 release, this album is as old/older than I am. Didnt like this album as much as Mezzanine. Daydreaming, Hymm Of The Big Wheel, standout tracks

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It was just okay. Not terrible but nothing stood out.

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3.5/5 I was confused about this, I'll need to relisten to it.

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kinda uneven. cool electronica/ambient/soul then lame 90s rapping

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Nice cover

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I remember enjoying "Protection" a bit more. Think the music and beats are fine, think the weakness lies in the guest vocalists. Favorite track: "Lately"

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Pretty chill Brit boy sample hop

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Nice album, no doubt about it, but Massive Attack has done way better since.

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There were some cool percussive elements here otherwise it was a pretty basic sounding early 90s album.

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It was different but I didn't hate it. Daydreaming made me think of Lonely Island. Wonder if they took any influence from Massive Attack.

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A lot of people clearly think this is The Business and I guess I’m just not getting it. A lot of the lyrics seem to me almost laughably stuffed with pompous cliches, the music doesn’t really impress me that much and clashes strangely with the vocals. Didn’t hate it but certainly wouldn’t seek it out.

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3.5/5

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Liked more than I thought I would!

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This was a lot chiller than I was expecting. Not all that interesting though but cool to have on in the background for a bit.

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Massive Attack sounds like a familiar band name, but everything on this album felt new to me. The album was okay. "Five Man Army" was the track that almost got 4 stars, and "Safe from Harm" and "Daydreaming" were slightly above 3. "Be Thankful for What You've Got" was 2 stars.

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It's no Mezzanine (which is embarrassingly absent from the list), but it's still pretty good. A tad dated, but pretty good.

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It’s allright

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An entire album that sounds exactly the same? Decent sound, and enjoyable, but hard to distinguish one song from the next. They definitely have their "signature sound".

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Another pleasant surprise. Never heard of these guys, but it was a chill little album! 3.5 stars.

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Was something new to me

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Genre: Trip Hop 3/5 Rather fresh off the heels of listening to Massive Attack member Tricky's album, Maxinquaye, I was excited to 1. listen to where he was before that project, and 2. sort of see how the trip hop genre came to be. Tricky left the group on supposed grounds that he felt like his ideas weren't as openly accepted in the group. Maybe they should've accepted more of his ideas, as I found his solo venture a bit more enjoyable. There are certain tracks here that are big time standouts, especially Unfinished Sympathy, which is a real triumph and begs to be listened to over and over. But Daydreaming, the song directly following it, feels weaker than something you'd find on Tricky's solo album. I know it's not very fair to compareone album to the album that paved the way for it to be made in the first place, but one can acknowledge its historical relevance, while also saying I didn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped.

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Not my favorite Massive Attack, honestly, but still a solid start for the group and the Trip Hop genre. 3.5

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This is alright. I like the music more than I like the vocals on most songs. 2.5 stars, rounding up to 3.

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Meh.

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I came to know Massive Attack when they released Mezzanine, which I really love. Having heard the prior albums afterwards, I could never get into those. Nevertheless I managed to appreciate this one, but still. There are also a couple of songs (Unfinished Sympathy, Lately) that sound as if they were straight out of the 80s, which makes the overall feel of the record a little dated when compared to Mezzanine, which really sounds, undeniably, like an album of its time.

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Objectively fine but not quite my sort of thing.

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1. Safe from Harm - plus - a band where I can hear the lyrics. Like this style Whatever it's called. 2 3. Blue Lines - very chilled low key more rappy in spoken word 4. Be Thankful for What You've Got - 6. Unfinished Sympathy - the familiar well known track. 7. Daydreaming - do like this one, the lyrics and the beat. Overall, nice and chill, mostly flows into the background

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This is actually a pretty cool album for the early 90s. The beats and samples seem "sophisticated" for a hip-hop album in 1991. It's certainly more complex than the beats used by Beastie Boys, Fat Boys, and all the other "boys" of the 80s hip-hop scene. The lyrics rely pretty heavily on cliche - not sure what I expected from British rappers. Still - it vibed pretty good all the way through. It actually reminded me of the Gorillaz, which makes a lot of sense.

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That record cover must be iconic because I've seen the flame logo many times before. I thought this was a power pop/punk band solely based on the band name. I was wrong. I think to correctly assess this record it's really important to know that it was released in 1991 and not 2001. Haha. It sounds good and has great grooves. But woof, it's dated now. Still, though, there are some great direct-to-board clean guitar tones sprinkled in here and there. I noticed that "Unfinished Symphony" has a lot more plays on Spotify. I didn't recognize it but its a really cool song. In spite of how dated this record is (in a not-so-good way), I'm giving it a sold 3/5.

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It is good accompany music, but by itself not that incredible

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Good, but I've never really been able to get too enthused by this one. They definitely picked the best songs for single releases.

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Just another 90s album with no exceptional selling point. Only the last song is above average.

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Not my favorite Massive Attack album. I prefer Mezzanine

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I'm not the biggest trip hop fan, but I have to admit that I really liked this album. It's groovy and put the listener in a nice mood. "Unfinished Sympathy" as a track is a true masterpiece, but I don't think I will come back to this album someday.

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Very good and obviously an important record for trip hop, if not the first one. There are a few weaker spots here and there, but it's mostly solid. I'm glad I listened to something else than Mezzanine for once.

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I guess this is one of the first trip-hop albums. And I liked some of it, but overall was pretty meh about it. It's fine, but I won't be playing it often.

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3.6 - What I imagine the British Airways first class lounge might sound like. Sleek with just a little “urban” edge. Typical 90s house sonics - R&B-style backing vocals, “educated-sounding” rap, vinyl record scratches and pops.

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This sounded like a weird 90's dance album - like De La Soul or Snap with just a bit more electronica. That's not a compliment. It felt like they hadn't figured out what they were yet and were pulling in different directions. Pick one, in my opinion. Maybe this was the first ever trip hop album but the sound hadn't been perfected yet so I don't think it deserves to be on this list. Sometimes the first of something isn't all that good. I mean, it's not garbage. It's just unremarkable.

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Listening through the whole album, there was something digging about the music and I couldn't tell what it was. Suddenly, I started thinking about Billy Joel (of all people) and it hit me: There's no bridge in any songs on this album. Every song is just verse verse verse chorus, but there's no bridge. It's all A-A-A-A. As a dance song, that's great, but it gets very repetitive after a while. Maybe that's why dance music doesn't hit me as much. The lack of variation in the song, it doesn't shake things up as much as I want them to. So for me, the songs all wear out the welcome about a minute too long. And I think that lack of bridge is what does it.

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Trip Hop / Chill Hop - great selection from a period where electronic music was starting to fall into its own. 3.5/5

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Also chill as hell. 7/10

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The parts I like, I like better than Tricky's Maxinquaye. Blue Lines is a stand-out but then Thankful for What You've Got doesn't sound at all like it belongs on a trip-hop album. Ultimately, I think both this and Maxinquaye deserve 2.5 so I will split the difference and give this a 3 and Tricky a 2.

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I don't think this album is poo, but I do think Massive Attack was right to simplify their approach to Mezzanine and remove some of the overreaching vocals that plagued this album. For example, the music beneath the voice on One Love is simple with some unique artifacts to keep it interesting, but it's the operatic voice on top that kills the vibe. Some of the beats are outdated and but for the most part I enjoy them, don't particularly care for most of the singing.

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This one was better than expected. A lot of their songs had a unique style that feels special to this group. The combination of electronic sounds with certain drums and beats make these songs pretty engaging. Plus the lyrics and singing isn’t too bad. 6.5/10

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This is always ranked high and I don’t know why. It’s good. But it never amazes me.

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I can hear the influences on a lot of similar sounding music that came after it. I'm sure in 1991, this was very cutting edge and influential. There just seems like a lot of music that does something similar a little bit better. Not terrible, but definitely not something I'm dying to listen to again.

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3

Bit of a mixed bag. some stunning tunes and others that feel unfinished.

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The album falls short compared to their later work. Safe From Harm and Unfinished Sympathy are beautiful though.

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I like you but Im not in love with you

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Big gulf between the hits and the filler. Hits are gold though.

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I knew I would like this. I love anything darkly moody. The last song surprised me a bit, because it was more upbeat. Not sure if I'll listen to it much so that bumps the score down a bit. But overall I really enjoyed this.

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3

Great album for it’s time. Not one I revisit often.

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3

Reggae vibes, really cool listen during trail run

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3

Good album, something different

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pretty lovely

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Best Song: Be Thankful For What You've Got. They really got a brilliant vocal track here, that they gently augmented with the chill backing beats. Worst Song: Daydreaming. Nicely quirky, but ultimately with too much going on, leaving the whole song feeling scattered. Overall: Just good grooves that are suitable both as background and foreground music. Could use a bit more direction at times, but that chaos also helps drive its underground feel.

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3

This one was better than the other Massive Attach album i listened to on this list.

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3

This is an interesting sound. if dub is your thing then this is your album. Hymn Of The Big Wheel is dope.

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3

It was okay

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I enjoyed this a lot more than Protection. So that's a thing...

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Okay, I didn't like it as much as I like Teardrops.

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3

Faire cet album était une aussi bonne idée que de superposer plusieurs polices sur la pochette.

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3

An era defining album without being a classic. Portishead defined the Bristol sound more for me.

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The soft, dreamlike backgrounds that make these songs a kind of existential meditation made Massive Attack famous, at least as producers. The artistic aspect, on the other hand, was to be deepened a few years later: see Portishead. (5/10) FT: Unfinished Sympathy

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3

Very solid trip hop album. I can absolutely see myself liking it more if I come back to it.

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I didn't mind it but also never really understand what the massive fuzz is about. It's o.k.

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3

I think I overdid this album and trip-hop in general in the early ‘90’s. Mezzanine was my preferred album.

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Wasn’t familiar with this band and from the name I assumed it was going to be another bad punk album. One of those albums where I wasn’t too impressed but I really liked all the Spotify suggestions that popped up afterwards. Makes me realize this was probably a pretty influential album so I’ll give it a bonus star for that. 3.5 stars

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I only listened to parts of the first two songs. Kind of boring single chord jams with drum machine, mediocre lyrics.

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Just started listening to trip hop recently. This one is pretty good.

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Solid foundational electronica. Some of the vocals are atrocious. Early Tricky.

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3

Neat.

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I enjoyed enough I listened to the album twice. It's a "in the mood" kinda music. Favorite songs Safe from Harm and Hymn of the Big Wheel. I will check out some of their other albums

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Never listened to this band before, and not familiar with "trip hop." That being said, I thought this was another innovative and interesting album on this list. There was quite a mixture of musical styles and rhythms from soul, hip hop and electronic. While this is certainly not in my wheel house, it was worth a listen.

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The tracks featuring Shara Nelson on vocals were pretty good. The rest...not so much. I might like this if I were into dance music. Best track: Unfinished Sympathy.

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More edm/house type of music. Not bad, it’s pretty good, I guess

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not very interesting

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Not really my cup of tea...little too aggressive

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Definitely different, and kind of fun, but I found it a bit repetitive and not super interesting.

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Good beats/ambient for background work music. Mix of reggae, electronic, hip hop, blues. I only knew a few songs by M.A. (Teardrop), so this was a good exposure to more of their stuff. Highlights: -One Love -Blue Lines -Hymn of the Big Wheel

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Sonaba mejor cuando era joven...

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2.5 | Nunca había escuchado el debut de Massive Attack y de hecho, aunque los conocía como un grupo muy importante de trip hop no tenía idea que ellos eran considerados el origen de todo el género. En general siempre me ha gustado el grupo y esperaba algo bastante interesante. Aunque sí es interesante musicalmente y me encuentro con justamente esa mezcla musical de electrónica y hip hop a manera casi ambiental, los sonidos de consola muy interesantes y la música de hecho se siente hasta mucho más "bailable" que lo que sacaron despues. Mi problema va un poco hacia las voces, en realidad no me gustaron la manera en que están implementadas en este disco; no es algo que lo arruine, el disco es agradable pero trístemente no lo terminaría agregando a la lista de canciones y discos del grupo que oigo con alguna periodicidad. Buen disco pero siento mejoraron mucho después.

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Just did not stand out to me and am I the only one who thought every female vocalist on this was… not great? I’ll just listen to Portishead, thanks. I’d welcome an instrumental version of this record though, for sure.

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Åpner med et veldig saftig bass riff. Sangerinnen er god, men både hun og bakgrunnsangerne har mange av de irriterende 90-talls karakteristikkene i flere av sangene. Nasale avslutninger, redigering midt i et ord, og heftig vibrato på uflatterende plasser. Ting blir veldig repetitivt etter en stund også. Jeg blir lei en beat etter 20 sekunder, så lengden på mange av disse sangene er ikke et pluss for meg. Kul bass eller trommer av og til trekker denne opp til en 2.

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nah

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Reggaera esquisita, sei não hein

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The music is good lyrics are trash.

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Some of the beats were pretty cool, but the singing ruined this album for me. And this is coming from someone who loves trip hop.

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prolly not my vibe, (pop rock??) but wait the first songs seems to be a bop. not sure if i’d be repeating.

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Not a big fan of the rap in this. The reggae is quite nice, but there isn't enough, it gets drowned. I also like the vocal samples from that lady, but it's still not enough

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2.4

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27. Pego no cesto da roupa suja, é mais fácil descer as escadas. Há pouca coisa que realmente goste. Su pudesse, nem as panteras escolheria para me aquecer as pernas nos frios invernos da Baviera. A miúda reclama ao deixar para trás o forno onde se pendura quando não estou a ver. O melhor é não esperar que ele expluda. No caminho há uma gralha. Não a corrijo. Eu sou a soma dos meus erros. MotA: Unfinished Sympathy "Midnight rockers, city slickers / Gunmen and me yeah"

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It doesn't sound like an attack, and it is not massive...

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It's eclectic for me. Weird in spots, great in others.

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It was OK. I liked a few songs but didn't enjoy the overall experience. Nothing special.

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Electrónica. Coñazo.

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Not a fan of most of the vocals, but the backing tracks were moody and interesting. Unfinished Sympathy was the best track.

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Loved the first massive attack album I seen on here. This one, not yet. 2/5

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It's alright ^^ Titles like "One Love" and "Lately" I found enjoyable.

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Nice beats and all but not really my thing. Almost like 90s experimental techno hip hop. 4/10.

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Really didn't like this. Found it quite irritating and was just ready for it to be done tbh! I feel like it wasn't so awful for a 1* though. An interesting mix of genres I guess, but it just didn't appeal

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There's not a lot on this album to grab the attention. It sounds quite dated and wears thin quite quickly, so doesn't even function well as background music. 1.5/5.

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A bit like the previous album. One famous song. I didn't think there was anything else here of note...

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algumas musicas são repetitivas demais e com uma duração maior que o necessário

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Meh

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1st track had a great groove, but rest of the album didn't measure up

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I feel like this album suffers from not aging well and the songs feel like parodies of this style of music. I was underwhelmed.

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Nice atmosphere, especially Unfinished Sympathy and the songs after that are great. I see why this is a very influential album. I just don't like the sound op triphop drums, so it's not my thing

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Mi aspettavo qualcosa di diverso, in negativo. Va bene come sottofondo, niente di eccezionale. Tra il 2 e il 3 credo. 'Daydreaming' bella.

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Unfinished sympathy and hymn of the big wheel

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Not for me.

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Caught between the pull of early dancehall and soulful R&B, this LP lands smack dab in the disappointingly tepid middle. There are occasional flashes of the innovative production and sound design that would later characterize 'Mezzanine,' but here the highs aren't nearly frequent enough to keep the album from feeling like a chore.

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Očekivao sam puno više, da nisam vjv bi bilo 3, ovak ne mog jednostavno.

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All a bit meh for me. Grabbed by maybe two tracks outside of unfinished.

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Znowu ten zmasowany atak, tym razem uderza z debiutanckim blue lines, ktory zapisal sie jako szlagierowy krazek gatunku trip hopowego, a mnie jeszcze bardziej utwierdzil w tym, ze nie dla mnie taki miks czarnej muzyki na elektronicznych beatach, dodatkowo bola wokale, ktorych jest wiecej niz na protecu oraz sa rownie roznorodne, a zlistowanego kto gdzie spiewa nie ma, bo przeciez kolektyw tworczy, wiec wszyscy wszystko robia wspolnie i tak tez sa w creditsach, na tych 45 minutach hajlajtem byl dla mnie five man army, ktory najblizej z calej plyty zbliza sie gatunkowo do rapu z jamajskimi influencjami, dobre rymy, rowne cztery zwrotki, trzech roznych raperow i outro pana, ktorego w ciagu calego traku mozna uslyszec na backujacym wokalu, wiec tez ciekawy pomysl kompozycyjny, ale poza tym kawalkiem ciezko lowic cos dobrego, bo zawsze cos przekszadza, tutaj wokale dokuczaja, tam znowu beat brzmi jak cos wyciete z play od mobiego i tak z dziewieciu utworow na plycie robi sie trzy ktore siadaja i pewnie dziwne nie bedzie, ze dwa z nich to kawalki rapowe, wiec muzyka taneczna dla glowy a nie nog, jak sam kolektyw okreslal to co stworzyl, nadal pozostaje na tej samej pozycji gwiazdkowej

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While this electronic album thankfully does have lyrics, their mediocrity does little to save this album

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It's remind me the old menu on 2000's video game that try to be young and cool. It was boring...

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Pretty Dull

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The “FLAMMABLE GAS” fire hazard sign has the rating spot on. This is pleasantly boring.

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what if mike skinner was a boring cringey cunt with no talent?

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Not a great album. Very jazz heavy. I like their album Mezzanine way more.

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Went in wanting to like it, but got bored quick. Good background music.

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Some good drum beats on offer here, but the song styles just aren't that interesting or melodic.

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It's still neither Massive nor Attacky, but I liked it better than the last one. It's good background music.

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Nothing here spoke to me. It was fine being in the background but I could never pull it to the foreground. Like it was afraid of the spotlight.

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J'avais en lançant cet album pour image de Massive Attack celle d'un groupe pour bobos parisiens. Je ne me suis encore une fois pas trompé, cet album était d'une nullité sans nom, absolument fade comme le train de vie de ledits bobos parisiens.

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Some parts of this were definitely interesting, but overall this just doesn't do it for me. Was leaning towards a 3, but tbh it's worse than that.

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Not for me but I could see its appeal to some

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Not for me.

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2 Kinda boring. It sounds like menu music from an old Xbox Live Arcade game. Might’ve been cool without the vocals but I’m afraid that would just make it house music. It’s like it was made with the expressed purpose for a DJ to remix it. It’s right on the edge of interesting for me. Also British rapping makes me feel weird. Favorites include: Blue Lines, Be Thankful for What You’ve Got

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Wasn't familiar with this group or album before. I enjoyed some of the beats and can appreciate the smooth, almost whisper like vocal delivery. Regardless it's not my type of music.

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This has ruined my day

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Not my genre of music at all

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Alguém deve gostar, esse alguém não sou eu

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This one is lame

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pretty boring tbh

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Not for me. Boring, every song drags and little variation. Somehow enjoyed it less than lady in satin

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massive attack to my ears seriously wtf?

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Bah, que baita bosta...

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fan vad trist detta var eller?

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Oh cool a band named Massive Attack with a fire warning symbol from the early 90s, this will be a fun pop-punk or alt rock album! NOPE, this is very slow lo-fi electronic R&B/Reggae/Hip-hop with some weak drum machine beats, Bri'ish rapping, or very high falsetto singing like they're trying to sound like Prince but doing a terrible job. This would probably be a 2 if the branding of the album gave me a heads up of what to expect, but it's a 1 because I was excited for some 90s rock and then had to listen to whatever the hell this was.

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I liked the first song but not the rest. Reggae/funk/rap

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This feels like nothing.

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Didn't enjoy this one at all. Vocals really killed it for me.

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Melodic, classic. Varied. Andrea likes this a lot. Bittersweet symphony a timeless banger.

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old, definitely trippy for it's time. little disjointed but at least it was short

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Not my favorite. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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