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Blue Lines
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 April 2000
I stumbled across this album by accident soon after it came out, having taped a mix on a pirate radio station back in the days when I didn't have much else better to do with my time. One song on the mix really knocked me over, which wasn't hard as I'd just had a bifta. The song in question was Blue Lines - I kept playing it on repeat in the house and car - listening to the hypnotic mixture of bass that manages to be deep and delicate, complex and immediate. The lyrics are are mixed in low, and are vague and often indistinct, but combined with a quality melody over the top, like some early REM stuff this adds to the effect, making you want to listen again to find out more until the song ends up lodged in your mind. I eventually twigged the name of the song through Tricky's mumbling, which led me to the album. I'd been listening to nothing but diet of techno & hard house, preceded by a couple of years of not liking anything that wasn't certified cool in the NME. Blue Lines opened me up to new things though. This album has a range of styles and vocalists, and no two songs are similar. Hip Hop, Reggae, Soul, to pretty much a classical composition all click, mainly due to the stunning material and vocalists. Unlike most albums, when I stick this on I never feel the urge to skip tracks. I can't explain what they all sound like, but this is probably the album that created "trip hop" - and has never been bettered. Buy it and increase the quality of your chill out experience.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 August 2014
Really enjoyed this album. Takes me back.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 24 January 2001
Quite simply, this album is a work of modern art. A dark undercurrent of swooping basslines and sublime vocals, mould together to form a beautiful testiment which opitomises the "post summer of '89" feeling that gripped the nation throughtout the early nineties. Nothing has come close since. And it is doubtful that anything ever will.....
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 6 March 2001
10 years old and still fresher than a freshly picked daisy. Definitely one of the top 10 albums of all time. Enough has already been made of the sound - but what about the lyrics. Quite brilliant throughout, and especially Five Man Army and Blue Lines. Far and away the best Massive Attack album, and that's saying something.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2000
One of the most wonderfull albums ever maid. Laid back grooves, rap , trip hop and the single of the 1990's Unfinished sympathy featuring the voice of Shara Nelson. They released other strong albums but, none matched the genius of this their debut. Supurb!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2015
Great album.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 August 2014
very good
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 19 December 2003
Massive attack's blue lines is undoubtly one of the best debuts over recent years and possibly the best dance album ever. Tracks like unfinished sympathy and daydreaming gave dance an added dimension which is sadly lacking today.
It is a blueprint of what dance albums should be all about - normal house blues given an added egde and twist.
If you haven't got this album now, then buy it asap!!!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 2000
What can you say? The album that woke up the rest of the country to the Bristol music scene (man), kick-started T**p H*p, and made people realise that Britain can produce gorgeous life-affirming music. Buy this album and let it soundtrack the good times, the bad times and the boring bits in between. A true soul/funk/dub/hip hop/reggae classic.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 1999
The perfect cd for a night in, fusing the rapping skills of Tricky with a laid back groove with fantastic melodies. Standout track has to be The hymn of the big wheel, an achingly beautiful track that rounds off a superb album.
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