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interesting album, but no Teardrop or Unfinished Sympathy
on 6 October 2004
This has appeared rather quickly given Massive Attack's generally fairly slow rate of work, but the speed of the albums appearance hasn't affected the work at all - so the question begs, more albums quicker in future?
Anyway, as is well reported this is a soundtrack to a new Luc Besson film, of which I know nothing about. But as an independent piece of music it is interesting. The album opens with a pretty heavy sequence, something that wouldn't sound too far out of place with Nine Inch Nails (say Head Like A Hole). Within a couple of shortish tracks this has neatly transistioned to a very mellow piece that you might hear from someone like Craig Armstrong (who has connections with Massive Attack I believe) - so we have gentle keyboard motifs with strings coming and going. It isn't until about half way through the album that we hear music that is more what you would expect from Massive Attack.
On the whole an interesting and pleasent album, but if you want Teardrop or Unfinished Sympathy then this may not be for you.