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on 24 December 2014
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on 4 March 2010
Massive Attack is perhaps an acquired taste and this is perhaps their most accessible work. Start here and work backwards, (If you want to) Some of their best work to date in my estimation.
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on 8 December 2010
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR7 over -9.02 dB 01. Pray For Rain feat. Tunde Adebimpe.mp3
DR7 over -9.04 dB 02. Babel feat. Martina Topley-Bird.mp3
DR8 -0.15 dB -9.03 dB 03. Splitting The Atom feat. Horace Andy.mp3
DR8 over -9.00 dB 04. Girl I Love You feat. Horace Andy.mp3
DR8 over -9.07 dB 05. Psyche feat. Martina Topley-Bird.mp3
DR8 -0.00 dB -8.99 dB 06. Flat Of The Blade feat. Guy Garvey.mp3
DR6 over -9.09 dB 07. Paradise Circus feat. Hope Sandoval.mp3
DR8 over -9.02 dB 08. Rush Minute.mp3
DR8 over -8.99 dB 09. Saturday Come Slow fea. Damon Albarn.mp3
DR7 over -9.04 dB 10. Atlas Air.mp3

Overall Official DR value: DR7 (bad)

It sounds compressed and is tiring on the ears to listen to. Its a shame since theres some good stuff in there
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on 12 July 2015
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on 15 November 2010
Frankly - a couple of songs are crap.
But all the others are between excellent and STELLAR.
Overall a GREAT disk.
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on 9 February 2010
As the title suggests, almost unbearably unlistenable. A dreadful mish-mash of boring predictable beats and awful ill concieved vocal pairings. Compared to their back catalogue this is a real shocker. One star for the cover and the glittering CD print which is sort of 'cool'. Other than the fact it can be used to rest a cup or a glass on it, playing this will be limited to one or two occasions and possibly just to let other people hear how terrible it is.

As a live event, they shine and show what is achievable with an injection of soul. Why these performances were not transferred to CD is a mystery. Disappointing.
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Everyone loves Massive Attack. Uber cool, allegedly. The kind of stuff that critics in the now defunct Observer Music Monthly fawn over as The Second Coming, every new Massive Attack album (normally, these days, around seven years apart - apart from solo soundtrack faffing released under the band's name) is hailed as bold, inventive, and the best thing since burnt toast.

Well, it's the sound of a sun setting on the horizon as you wait for the guy sat next to you to shut up about his girlfriend who he's been with for years, hates.. and will never leave. Then he gets up, and another person sits down next to you, and tells you the secret of their life.

Well, if you love Massive Attack, "Heligoland" is probably fabulous. All the usual (trans : predictable) ingredients, such as relaxed rhythms, piss-weak drums, and not-quite-there, semi-interested string sweeps are here. Coupled with Massive Attack's trademarked vocal stylings, and you have a record that sounds.. just like every other Massive Attack album. Unlike the rather grand "Mezzanine", and the somewhat more exhausted commuter-knackered "100 Windows", "Heligoland" is the first sign of stasis.

As you might expect, the album is awash with guest vocalists - the usual Horace Andy singing soulfully as a man-mountain about love and the power of the broken heart - Damon Albarn showing that he really hates dull indie guitar music, and the token female vocalist (neither Dot Alison, nor Elizabeth Fraser, so something must be chronically wrong), following slight melodies and lyrically facile truisms.

As a serious of instrumental pieces, "Heligoland" is one of many similarly anonymous pieces that rely on a deft mix of smart production and absent melody : as the soundtrack to doing the washing up it is, in all probability, fabulous. There are some moments of smart brilliance : the second half of "Girl I Love You" (possibly the worst title for a song ever) rides of a rotating bassline and claustrophobic horns. If all the album were this good, I'd have no hesitation recommending this. But it isn't.

It's a predictable, archetypical, and utterly unsurprising album from a band that have become a mellow AC/DC : they found their style early, and bar the slightest of cosmetic differences - a little less mumbling, a little more bass, a slightly different drum hit - they've been rewriting the same song ever since. You can argue that it is yet another, consistent and durable Massive Attack record that slowly unveils its secrets over the years : or perhaps you can think of it slightly differently, as dense, forgettable, impenetrable, with too many guest vocalists, and too little melody.
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on 18 April 2010
I so far have not been able to get past two tracks of this album without getting all gloomy & depressed !

Talented ? Well yes ,very but i just can't stand it. Boring ? Well yes .

I've always found them to be a bit odd despite all the bigging up they get but now....No, Can't do it, can't listen to this depressing gloomy drivel.

Most unfortunate !
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on 8 February 2010
when are M.A going to realise they should be paying as much attention to their songwriting as their production.Dark gloomy & frequently dull, nothing wrong with dark & gloomy as Mezzanine was but M.A should never be dull.The choice of vocalists is also questionable, i mean Guy from Elbow, C'mon? We waited 7 years for this ?
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on 28 August 2010
I bought this for the remix of Paradise Circus by Gui Borrato which the description says is on the CD. It isn't. The CD included is exactly the same as the standard album. Waste of time.
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