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Special Cases [Single, Maxi, Enhanced]

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 (24 Feb 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, Maxi, Enhanced
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000086EQL
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 361,362 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Special Cases (Radio Edit) 3:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Special Cases (Akufen Remix) 9:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. I Against I 5:410.99  Buy MP3 


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3.0 out of 5 stars Mezzanine-flavoured single. 7 Feb 2003
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD
Special Cases appears to be business as usual for Massive Atttack, despite changes in the line-up- on this evidence new album 100th Window is going to be what Protection was to Blue Lines in relation to Mezzanine, i.e. quite similar, not as good.
The song sounds very much like tracks from the previous album such as Risingson, Distorted Girl & Mezzanine; it merely looks like they traded Liz Fraser for Sinead O'Connor (who has a good track record guesting with other people, such as Bomb the Bass). O'Conner's folkish vocals, more In Tua Nuara & Beth Gibbons than Clannad, sit well next to the sinister music- as did Fraser's angelic tones on the paranoid-mechanics of the last album did.
The guitars prevalent on the last album have been traded for more downbeat ambient sounds- the latter part of the song reminds me of the 'Metal Mix' of Depeche Mode's Something to Do- which was also an influence on Missy Elliot's Get Ur Freak On. I'm also reminded of the classic Tricky album Maxinquaye- tracks such as Ponderosa & Aftermath aren't that far away from this: so trip hop as usual. Not only does it sound very 1995, it also sounds very 1981- a listen to Cabaret Voltaire's Yahsar (found on recent Grey Area compilation The Original Sound of Sheffield)confirms the fact the strange 'world music'-style sounds have been done a long time before this (see also the Czuckay-Wobble album or Eno/Byrne's My Life in the Bush of Ghosts).
The bonus tracks/remixes are so so- personally I'd plump for the DVD single release of this track. This has a stunning video of the De Bourg Institute- a montage of imagery relating to test tube research & modern life that is related. It makes the song much more interesting and stands up as an excellent short SF-film that reminded me of things like Gattaca & Crash. This would sit well with the DVD-collection Massive released a year or so ago.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Single 26 Mar 2003
By Gillian L. Rosheuvel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As the first single from Massive Attack's fourth album, "Special Cases" provides an appropriate bridge between MA's previous sound and the more ambient feel of 100th Window. Sinead O'Connor brings the sultry female vocal, which plays nicely over heavy bass and twisted strings. The Akufen remix turns the song on its head by transforming it into a drum-n-bass style rave up. Best of all for diehard fans is the inclusion of "I Against I" MA's contribution to 2002's "Blade II" soundtrack, which features a riveting performance by Mos Def and the band's sizzling production. These treats, plus an alternate version for the "Special Cases" video make this a more than worthy purchase for MA fans.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy for "I Against I ", Forget 100th Window 24 Mar 2004
By "mrrey23" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This single is worth getting just for I Against I alone. Truly inspiring and totally crushes anything on 100th Window. Period. Being a true Massive Attack fan from way back, I tried and tried to get into 100th Window but found it to be trying too hard and lost in its attempt at being "different". I Against I (featuring another incredible peformance by Mos Def) has all the qualities that make a Massive Attack track: production, drive, vision, and hunger. Special Cases is simply alright. Massive Attack has set the bar that unfortunately can work against them. I love that they challenge my listening but unfortunately 100th Window, despite its attention to detail, is so insular in its views that it needs to open up and share its vision with the world.
Buy this single for I Against I and the video, forget 100th Window, and wait (in hope) for their next album.
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