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Blue Lines

Massive Attack

1991

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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

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

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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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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

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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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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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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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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“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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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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Was ok - not really my jam

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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High highs, low lows

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Enjoyed it but skipped 'Daydreaming'.

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Pretty good trip hop

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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4

Loved this 4*

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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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4

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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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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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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3

kinda dated but decent!

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Interesting

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3

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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3

Not bad

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3

way older than expected too much hip hop too few hooks

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3

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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3

On in the background

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3

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

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3

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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3

Great instrumentals. Didn’t live the voices/lyrics

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3

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

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3

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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3

Ni tan tan ni muy muy

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3

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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3

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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3

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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3

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

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3

I enjoyed this more than Protection. Cool album!

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3

Enjoyed some tracks but can't be doing with rap

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3

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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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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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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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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