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1.0 out of 5 stars Just Buy Massive Attack Instead, 5 Oct. 2006
This review is from: Maxinquaye (Audio CD)
I cant say i was completely surprised by the overall rating of 4 + half stars awarded to this album, it being considered 'a classic' and all. However i feel it worthwhile to point out that the chap who gave it 1 star is probably more on the money. This album is completely over-rated, like a really, really sub standard massive attack. At some points he even wholesale re-cycles loads of massive attack (as well as portishead - lazy git!) lyrics, which would be somewhat forgiveable if they were presented in a clever alternate musical context - but they aren't. The songs (and sounds) are really contrived. Sure, there's the darkness and paranoia you expect but here it just sounds dirgy + boring. It's that mid-ninties Bristol sound by numbers. Actually, the cover of Public Enemy's 'Black steel in the hour of chaos' provides the only highlight and i have to say it rocks. Wicked reinterpretation, try and download it something, 'cos its really not worth buying the whole album for.
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Initial post: 5 Aug 2009 10:12:30 BDT
very strange that you say it sounds contrived. I personally think that it sounds like nothing else, with so much atmosphere that you could almost reach out and grab it, and the arrangements and unusual sounds do make it a classic, and most certainly the best tricky has done...by quite some distance! Massive Attack Blue Lines is also a classic but this sounds more relevent and possibly stands the test of time better than that. Protection and Mezzanine were also good but lack the variety that this has.
If only the artists of the naughties could come up with something half as good as this.

Posted on 16 Jan 2010 21:23:05 GMT
G. Godwin says:
This review is absurd. A few of the lyrics are used in the Massive Attack songs 'Eurochild' and 'Karmacoma' but as for being a lazy git? I really don't think so. Tricky let Massive use HIS lyrics for their second album. He then recycled them for his own debut, against very different sounding pieces with a completely different approach to that by Massive Attack. Also, he didn't recycle anything by Portishead. He does however sample 'Ike's Rap II' by Isaac Hayes, which was also used in Portishead's song "Glory Box". They are two unrelated entities. Get your facts right before writing an album review and making a fool of yourself.

Posted on 16 Jan 2010 21:34:23 GMT
I. J. Travis says:
Haha... you must be joking, tricky gave massive attack his lyrics for them to use on protection, and he also sampled the same song as portishead... and its a great song too so you can hardly blame them. Also... contrived, really? if i'm honest i think you're the lazy git.

Posted on 30 Oct 2010 21:57:25 BDT
Massive Attack???
That would be the band who haven't been able to make a decent album for nearly 10 years now and that pair of hopelessly out of touch over the hill saddos who I saw doing a Greatest Hits tour last year attempting to conceal their bloody awful new release, Heligoland in the set. Very cutting edge and innovative that was. If Maxinquaye is sub standard Massive Attack, God only knows what you would call Heligoland. How the mighty crashed and burned. Talking of Lazy Gits, how many albums have Mediocre Attack released in 20 Years?????
FOUR worth listening to. BL, Pro, Mez & 100 Windows is being generous.
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