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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

3.37

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5496

Genres

  • Electronica
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Wed Mar 10 2021
5

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

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Fri Oct 08 2021
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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Fri Jan 15 2021
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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Wed Feb 24 2021
5

One of the best albums ever. Hands down.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
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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Tue Sep 29 2020
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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Fri Jul 16 2021
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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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

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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Sat Oct 30 2021
3

Makes me want to go out and buy rubbers.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
2

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

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Wed May 19 2021
5

Groooooovy. Loving it. Best enjoyed with headphones.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

Excellent going on a couple playlists

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Smooth album. Large hip hop influence. Great vocals.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
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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Wed Feb 17 2021
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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Wed Feb 17 2021
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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Sun Aug 15 2021
5

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

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Tue Nov 09 2021
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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Wed Dec 15 2021
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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Tue Feb 15 2022
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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Wed Nov 11 2020
4

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

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Mon May 24 2021
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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Thu Jun 03 2021
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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Fri Aug 20 2021
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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Mon Oct 04 2021
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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Fri Mar 12 2021
2

Was ok - not really my jam

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Mon Jul 19 2021
2

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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Mon Jun 07 2021
2

It's just kinda there nothing special imo

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Thu May 27 2021
2

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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Thu Jun 24 2021
2

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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Tue Aug 03 2021
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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Mon Mar 14 2022
2

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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Mon Dec 14 2020
1

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

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Mon Feb 08 2021
1

great beats. werido lyrics and kinda off putting.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
1

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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Mon Mar 15 2021
1

Meh

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Thu Feb 18 2021
1

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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Thu Jan 21 2021
1

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

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Tue Apr 27 2021
1

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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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

great album

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Sun May 16 2021
5

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

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Wed Feb 03 2021
5

Brilliant album!

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Mon Feb 08 2021
5

Really liked this, listened several times.

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Sat Jun 12 2021
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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Fri Feb 12 2021
5

👌🏻💕

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Mon Feb 22 2021
5

great album, mezzanine my fave though

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Sun May 16 2021
5

Superb.

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Tue Mar 09 2021
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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Wed Aug 18 2021
5

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

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Sat Sep 11 2021
5

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

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Wed Sep 22 2021
5

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

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Sat Sep 25 2021
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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Wed Sep 29 2021
5

Great album from start to finish

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Fri Oct 01 2021
5

6 of 1,001. Already own. Brilliant.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
5

Nice!

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Mon Oct 25 2021
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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Thu Oct 28 2021
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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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

Very bassy and chill Awesome for 'high' setting

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

That was nice.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
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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Wed Dec 01 2021
5

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

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Tue Dec 21 2021
5

I enjoyed it

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Thu Jan 13 2022
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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Thu Jan 20 2022
5

Love leve. Love

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Mon Jan 31 2022
5

Amazing

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Tue Feb 22 2022
5

Massive 🔥

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Tue Mar 01 2022
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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Mon Mar 07 2022
5

The big wheel keeps on turning…

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Sat Mar 19 2022
5

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

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Wed Mar 23 2022
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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Tue Mar 29 2022
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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Wed Apr 06 2022
5

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

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Wed Apr 06 2022
5

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

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Fri Apr 08 2022
5

Perfection!

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Mon Apr 11 2022
5

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

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Tue May 03 2022
5

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

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Tue May 10 2022
5

Just fabulous. And magical. Adore this album.

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Fri May 20 2022
5

very cool

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Tue May 24 2022
5

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

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Wed May 25 2022
5

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

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Wed May 25 2022
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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Fri Jun 17 2022
5

Another perfect album

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Mon Jun 20 2022
5

4.5

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

Very good! Loved it!

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Sat Aug 06 2022
5

This is SOOO my type of music

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

Wawow mag net een vijf krijgen van mij (omdat ik het zo makkelijker ga vinden haha). Heel mooie liedjes vooral: blue lines, unfinished sympathy en hymn of the big wheel . Ik duik nog wat in hun discografie

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

Yes all around.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

9/10. Excellent, was obviously a huge influence to Moby, Groove Armada, etc. Highlight was Unfinished Symphony.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

vendu

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

C'est exactement comme ça qu'on imagine la vie

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

This album changed my life. I don’t think I can actually say more than that.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
5

One of the best - I listen to it all of the time.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
5

For this genre, it's one of the best examples. For music, it's one of the best examples

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

Solid, I liked the style a lot. It was consistent and I am a fan.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
5

Stone cold classic

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

Classic, loved this.

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Wed Sep 23 2020
4

Really liked it. Nice and mellow.

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Thu Sep 17 2020
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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Mon Nov 02 2020
4

Rytmisk, hiphop-produktion, samples

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Fri May 28 2021
4

4 star mostly pretty good, nothing outstanding bar unfinished sympathy

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Mon Nov 09 2020
4

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

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Tue Jan 05 2021
4

Enjoying this one more than I did before.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

nice mix of alt sounds. Enjoyed

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

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

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Wed Jan 13 2021
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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Sat Feb 06 2021
4

Classic

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Sun Apr 11 2021
4

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

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

Good old school soul and funk.

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Sun Apr 04 2021
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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Mon Jun 07 2021
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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Mon Jun 07 2021
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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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

Subversive...

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

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

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Thu Feb 25 2021
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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Sun Feb 28 2021
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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Sat Apr 03 2021
4

So good. Have listened to this for decades.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Good electronic shit, nice remix collection nothing more to add

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Solid Album

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

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

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Tue Apr 27 2021
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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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

High highs, low lows

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Enjoyed it but skipped 'Daydreaming'.

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Mon Jul 19 2021
4

Pretty good trip hop

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Wed Feb 17 2021
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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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Rlly chill. Great source for inspo

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Mon May 03 2021
4

Creative. Samples. Boom

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Sat Feb 20 2021
4

Not listened to this in ages. Great

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

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

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Tue Mar 16 2021
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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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

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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Sun May 16 2021
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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Tue Mar 16 2021
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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Sat Jan 30 2021
4

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

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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

aivan mahtava

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Mon Jul 19 2021
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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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

Solid.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

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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Tue Mar 09 2021
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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Tue Mar 09 2021
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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Tue Mar 09 2021
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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Thu Mar 04 2021
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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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

Hot damn, this is good. Chill af

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Wed Jun 16 2021
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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Tue May 11 2021
4

Strange but very good. Interesting to say the least.

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Thu May 13 2021
4

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

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Thu May 13 2021
4

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

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Fri Jun 11 2021
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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Wed May 26 2021
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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Tue Jul 27 2021
4

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

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Mon Aug 09 2021
4

Mezzanine is far superior than this one imo.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
4

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

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Mon Sep 06 2021
4

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

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Mon Sep 06 2021
4

Ate britain. De fana dock bör lyssnas

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

Super chill and impressive album. Great find!

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

I love this album

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Tue Sep 21 2021
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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Thu Oct 07 2021
4

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

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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

Really cool. I really enjoyed this

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Wed Oct 13 2021
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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Sun Nov 07 2021
4

need tha instrumental only pack

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Wed Nov 10 2021
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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Sun Nov 14 2021
4

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

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

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

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Fri Nov 19 2021
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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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

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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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

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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Thu Dec 16 2021
4

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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Thu Dec 16 2021
4

Loved this 4*

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Thu Dec 16 2021
4

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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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

Pretty good 90s trip hop from Britain

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Sat Dec 25 2021
4

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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Thu Dec 30 2021
4

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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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

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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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

Interesting

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Tue Jan 25 2022
4

Strong opening with safe from harm

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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

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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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

I liked this a lot. Pretty great stuff!

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

nice

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

"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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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

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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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

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

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

An inspired combination of spoken word and electronic music.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

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

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

Why do I like trip hop!?

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Mon Feb 28 2022
4

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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Tue Mar 01 2022
4

A new find! Enjoyed it!

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Tue Mar 01 2022
4

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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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

Downtempo melodic chillax mixtape. First time listened

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

Nice chill album

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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

Great album!

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

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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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

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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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

Massive Attack, way ahead of its time.

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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

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

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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

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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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

Decent lines

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Tue Mar 29 2022
4

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

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Tue Mar 29 2022
4

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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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

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

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

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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