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This review is from: 100th Window (Audio CD)A new Massive Attack lp is always something to look forward too, especially in the current musical climate. Bereft of up and coming musical talent a quality release is even more of an event than normal.
And here it is, everything that you would expect it to be. Professionally produced, almost clinical in delivery yet maintaining the brooding mystery for which Massive Attack lps are famous.
This lp sees the addition of Sinead O'Connor (or a very serious sound alike) on a few tracks.. Sinead these days spends moe time on other peoples records than she does her own ! Obviously her presence only serves to strengthen the package and 'Prayer For England' is one of the best tracks on the lp.
'Futureproof', 'Name Taken' and 'Everywhen'' are just class - true Massive Attack. The music is dark, reggae tinged techno with hints of Pink Floyd and Tangerine Dream thrown in for good measure.
If you liked the previous albums, you'll like this one. Two gripes though, there don't appear to be any 'stand out' tracks ('Man Next Door'/'Karmacoma'/'UnfinishedSympathy')and the overall feel which, and it pains me to say it, is almost complacent. It is carried off this time but I'm not sure they can do many more albums from the same starting point.