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Head-nodding chill out, with an angelic touch.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Protection (Audio CD)
This album kicks off with what is probably one of the finest trip-hoppy tracks you're ever likely to find: "Protection" featuring the gorgeous voice of Tracey Thorn from "Everything but the Girl". Although the song is undeniably brilliant, it's Thorn's sensual whisperings that really makes the track come alive - it's just gorgeous! The next track is also a cracker - "Karmacoma". An upbeat and clever vocal by Tricky on this one, this album marking his last collaboration with Massive Attack before heading off in his own direction. After this storming start the album doesn't noticeably drop in quality, displaying all the trademark Massive Attack touches, especially vocals by the silver-voiced Horace Andy. The rest of the album is original, inventive and always surprising. Overall, I prefer their first album (Blue Lines) just for it's slightly more raw feel, but this is only a personal preference and "Protection" is just as excellent on an objective level. This is an essential album, for it's quality of course, but also as it marks the departure of Tricky at the time when Trip-hop was beginning to break out of it's Bristol environs and become an international movement. If you don't own this album, buy it, you won't regret it.