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Massive Attack's very own Kid A?,
This review is from: 100th Window (Audio CD)
Five years on from the excellent Mezzanine, trip-hop trail-blazers Massive Attack return with 100th Window. Effectively, this is 3D's debut solo album in all but name, with Mushroom having bailed out in '99 (scared they were turning into a Punk band!)and Daddy G taking time out to be a father.
From the very outset it is obvious this is going to be a very different MA album. True, every MA album has been totally different in sound and feel but beneath the surface there has always been fragments of soul, dub, reggae and hip-hop...even on the dark and brooding "rocky" Mezzanine.
This time around we are treated to a much more sterile and clinical atmosphere. Gone is the looseness and organic feel of previous albums...in it's place cold electronics and precise beats. In many ways, this is MA's own Kid A.
That's not to say it's a bad album, it's not when you compare it to what else is around. But by MA's own high standards it is found wanting. If Mezzanine was claustrophobic and gritty, then 100th Window is suffocating and scrubbed clean. Too digitalized and uptight. After a while you really do start wanting to hear one of Daddy G's low-end raps. Even long serviving guest vocalist Horace Andy seems uninspired and bored. The choice of Ms O'Connor as female vocalist this time around wouldn't have been so bad if 3D had applied some quality control to her lyrics!
However, that said, with time and patience it could grow on you...just like Kid A did!!!