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Heligoland

Massive Attack Audio CD
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Massive Attack are a collective from Bristol, England consisting of Robert "3D" Del Naja and Grant "Daddy G" Marshall and work with co-producers, as well as various musicians and guest vocalists. The duo are considered to be progenitors of the trip hop genre. Their début album,Blue Lines was released in 1991, with the single "Unfinished Sympathy" reaching ... Read more in Amazon's Massive Attack Store

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  • Audio CD (8 Feb 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B002ZPIC1M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,240 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Massive Attack are a seminal group of musical innovators whose early work detonated the Bristol music scene of the early 90's and unwittingly gave birth to "trip-hop". The group formed in 1987 around their influential and legendary Dug Out club and Jamaican-style soundsystem, playing a blend of hip hop, new wave reggae, early house and techno which shaped their acclaimed 1991 debut, Blue Lines. Mezzanine, their third album released in 1998 proved to be a creative and commercial peak selling in excess of three million albums.

Four years after the release of their best of album Collected and seven years since their last studio album 100th Window, Massive Attack return with their fifth studio album. Heligoland features original band members Daddy G and 3D, long time cohort Horace Andy and guest vocals from Damon Albarn, Hope Sandoval, Martina Topley-Bird, Guy Garvey and Tunde Adebimpe.

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EMI 6094662; EMI ITALIANA - Italia; Pop Internazionale

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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the most exhuberant come-back, but... 7 Feb 2010
By DIOONER
Format:Audio CD
Massive Attack.

Just the name itself suggests waves of dubby synths, deep basslines, martial yet half-asleep beats and croony vocals. Sure, they helped define a genre for the 90s, that lame "trip hop" tag so many claimed to be part of and so few deserved, producing much groundbreaking music, especially in the shape of their debut "Blue Lines" (1991), which helped set DJ culture into the mainstream, and "Mezzanine" (1998) that added heavy, howling guitars in the mix to a mostly stunning effect.

So, what's to expect from this, their 5th album proper in a mere twenty years career ? Well, as many other reviewers noted, a bit of the same and something different at once. First striking thing is the actual sound of the whole record. Some pointed out a supposed return to the coldness of "Mezzanine", but that's not at all what I hear here. If "100th Window", their 2003 effort, was a letdown to many fans, being more of a 3D solo effort than a collective work, in fact it furthered the post-punk hint "Mezzanine" suggested, replacing the loud guitar shriek with icy electro beats. The results were, to say the least, mixed, but at least it was still seeking forward, sonically speaking. On "Heligoland", by contrast, everything is understated, from the drum patterns to the shy basslines, from a quiet organ part in the background to voices you feel are more dreamt than actually performed. That's a record that almost begs forgiveness for existing at all, rather than punching its pride in your face, which is why it probably won't get among die-hard fans (let alone the mainstream) the same praise as their giddy peaks mentioned above.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost in the Magic 19 May 2012
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After Massive Attack's last full length album in 2003 ('100th Window'), Robert Del Naja and co were long overdue for a fifth installment of electronica trip-hop. With Andrew Vowles departing and Grant Marshall making a his welcome return, good things were expected as the previous album was lesser received than the cult classic 'Mezzanine' and contained a little too much '3D'. Like the albums mentioned, 'Heligoland' also showcases talent from special guess vocalists such as Elbow's Guy Garvey and Damon Albarn from Blur and Gorillaz. The cover is artwork from 3D's growing back catalogue and although the disc is bland looking, whats on it is some seriously dodgey treats. 12 tracks, ranging through 4 to almost 8 minutes (no shortens here) for over 50 minutes of massive mayhem.

Track no.1 'Pray for Rain' sounds like a drug rattled mind, bobbing back and fourth in a dark room corner. A few seconds in and Massive Attack have already set an atmospheric tone of dark and troublesome. With a low rattle of drums, a haunting repetitive piano and sly bass which could easily be a synthetic effect. There are two parts to the song, the initial part, rolling along saying "..and their necks crane/their eyes change.. as they turn to pray for rain/learn to see through flame" then the breakdown halfway through altering drum patterns and adding various sound effects and Tunde Adebimpe spewing "Vision walls fall fast and fleeting. Vision walls fall all revealing" then calming it down with all sorts of vocal hums and a bass line similar to 'Blue Lines' style. A very strange song and one that totally stands out. 'Babel' has a nice change of pace as Martina Topley-Bird takes over the vocals for a rushing track with strong string sounds and a high tempo percussive beat.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hello Heligoland 10 Nov 2011
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Really great album - enjoy it more each time we listen. Lots of interesting subtle undercurrents to catch your imagination.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Took me a while 24 Oct 2010
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I was introduced to Massive Attack by my daughter and immediately liked their last CD. This one however took me a while. My first thought was 'can't see me playing this much' but I left it in the car on the CD changer and gradually got used to it and now really appreciates the depths and nuances of the music.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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To be honest, I overlooked this album when it first came out. The main reason was that the previous album, 100th Window, was incredibly one-paced, and, for want of a better word, dreary. The tracks on that album had poor lyrics, and one dimensional vocalists Del Naja (ok for a track or so) & Sinead O'Connor (?), and the tracks had no hooks, no progression, no definition, no edge, and for me, held no interest, sounding slightly muzaky.

Heligoland is what i call vintage Massive Attack. The variation is there, and a decent array of guest vocalists are present. So, in some respects this is like Blue Lines, but has more in common with Mezzanine, sounding quite dark and dense. 'Flat of the blade' does give the listener some restbite from that heavy atmosphere though, but even this track evolves and brings the listener back in by it's conclusion - it serves as a puncuation for the album (a good thing in my opinion). Whether Heligoland will hold my interest like Blue Lines (which, incidently, is starting to sound a little dated) and Mezzanine, or will suffer the same fate as Protection (which was accomplished but a little 'safe'), remains to be seen. I suspect it won't lose my interest because it has that slightly haunting quality and distinctive enough tracks. It will take quite a few listens to understand this album - more than the usual 4 or 5, i'm talking 10+ listens.

This has gone under the radar a bit, with people having unrealistic expectations of it, but trust me, there is some real quality here. A lot of the tracks ebb and flow with real aplomb, changing continually, most of which is subtly engaging in different ways, never stagnating, never repeating the same vocalists or patterns across the course of the album. No real standout tracks, but then why should there be? This is an album in the true sense of the word. It's going to be spending quite a lot of time in my CD player over the next few months.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OK.
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Published 1 month ago by tartlane
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
been a fan for a long time, and never heard this album until recently .
Babel - perfection. nuf said.
Published 16 months ago by D. granier
4.0 out of 5 stars Get to know this one
It takes about 4 goes but when you get there its a truly great album. Its so rich and textured, clearly a real labour of love from the bristol massive. Read more
Published 17 months ago by stoveboy78
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice crack
Not quite their opera magna "Mezzanine" but good songs after a while in their irregular music career. Still one of my favorite bands.
Published 21 months ago by Ignacio Riaza López
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than you might think
I've been buying Massive Attack albums for years on the strength of Blue Lines which I think is a modern masterpiece. Unfortunately the other albums have left me disappointed. Read more
Published 24 months ago by J Tone
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Massive Attack's best, but still good.
I absolutely adore Mezzanine, and can happily listen to it all day on repeat.
One day I felt I needed to explore what else Massive Attack have done, and came across... Read more
Published on 25 Jun 2012 by Naomi
4.0 out of 5 stars Massive Attack fifth album
A step away from previous albums with the odd nod back to them. The songs are lo fi in comparison. the darker mood is continued from later albums with a much stripped back... Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2012 by Dan
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother!
After playing their older music to death I decided to give their latest album a go............big mistake! Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2011 by charlotte
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly their best!
Not an instant burner - listened to a few tracks when this album first came out and thought they were so so. Read more
Published on 29 July 2011 by Grantona
4.0 out of 5 stars A return to form with a little help from the BBC
From 100th Window I can remember "Everywhen" and that was the sole standout track for me. Heligoland is an album which I listen to all the way through without skipping too often... Read more
Published on 29 July 2011 by Born Again Bookworm
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