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on 7 December 2012
Not quite their opera magna "Mezzanine" but good songs after a while in their irregular music career. Still one of my favorite bands.
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on 15 June 2014
its kind rare now but you can still find it for a great price, 2 awesome record ! buy it
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on 23 November 2010
If you like massive attack then this wont dissapoint. Esp. liked Atlas Air - check out the video on youtube.
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on 24 December 2014
Purrfect
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on 31 March 2011
To be honest, I overlooked this album when it first came out. The main reason was that the previous album, 100th Window, was incredibly one-paced, and, for want of a better word, dreary. The tracks on that album had poor lyrics, and one dimensional vocalists Del Naja (ok for a track or so) & Sinead O'Connor (?), and the tracks had no hooks, no progression, no definition, no edge, and for me, held no interest, sounding slightly muzaky.

Heligoland is what i call vintage Massive Attack. The variation is there, and a decent array of guest vocalists are present. So, in some respects this is like Blue Lines, but has more in common with Mezzanine, sounding quite dark and dense. 'Flat of the blade' does give the listener some restbite from that heavy atmosphere though, but even this track evolves and brings the listener back in by it's conclusion - it serves as a puncuation for the album (a good thing in my opinion). Whether Heligoland will hold my interest like Blue Lines (which, incidently, is starting to sound a little dated) and Mezzanine, or will suffer the same fate as Protection (which was accomplished but a little 'safe'), remains to be seen. I suspect it won't lose my interest because it has that slightly haunting quality and distinctive enough tracks. It will take quite a few listens to understand this album - more than the usual 4 or 5, i'm talking 10+ listens.

This has gone under the radar a bit, with people having unrealistic expectations of it, but trust me, there is some real quality here. A lot of the tracks ebb and flow with real aplomb, changing continually, most of which is subtly engaging in different ways, never stagnating, never repeating the same vocalists or patterns across the course of the album. No real standout tracks, but then why should there be? This is an album in the true sense of the word. It's going to be spending quite a lot of time in my CD player over the next few months.
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on 22 March 2010
Clearly Massive Attack are both extremely talented and also much loved and vaunted by the media as some sort of poster boys for the uber-cool.

Equally, many people seem to think it was all over after "Unfinished Sympathy", and anything that doesn't sound like the trio of Blues Lines / Protection / Mezzanine is a disappointment.

Personally I think 100th Window was a masterpiece, and ranks as one of my all time favourite albums.

If you love 100th Window you will probably love Heligoland too. If you feel that Massive Attack should still be producing exactly the same music they did in the 90's then look elsewhere.
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on 5 March 2010
I am a long - time Massive Attack fan and have been eagerly awaiting their next release. Well, this is AMAZING!

They have managed to come up with totally original music but still sound firmly like massive attack. The album flows well form one track to another really well but the tracks can also stand alone.

There are the usual collaborations with Horace Andy and Martina Topley Bird but Also with Damon Albarn and Guy Garvey.

The standout tracks for me are Girl I Love You, which features some excellent brass orchestration and Horace Andy's unique voice, Paradice Circus which is truly haunting (featuring Topley Bird) and Atlas Air which has a constantly evolving keyboard riff over its 7 minute length.

Overall and album which will appeal to Massive Attack fans and virgins alike.
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on 17 April 2010
To offer a comparision with Radiohead's recent 'In Rainbows' for its renaissance factor would not be far off the mark, and having grown up with Massive Attack and listened to all their albums, this one pleasantly surprised me.. and in the best possible way a classic album can..it rapidly grows on you and earworms its way into your day with lots of worming space to spare. Robert Del Naja has swallowed the Nick Drake melancholy tune book and given it an experimental electronic flare that is sometimes equalled but never surpassed in UK music IMHO, and this album still has an overall cutting edge, which is remarkable for a band that has been around since 1988. Therefore luke warm reviews coming from across the pond (e.g. Pitchfork 5/10) are even more puzzling to me - the juicy discordant middle-eight break in 'Girl I Love You' and very addictive base line of 'Psyche' are worth the entrance fee alone :)) A slow burner for sure and, if like me, you were slightly under-awed by '100th Window', Heligoland should not disappoint!
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on 16 February 2010
This is an exquisitely dark and slow record. It is so slow and dark it is almost depressing. But it has tons of that Massive Attack distinctive character and original sound. Some would say it is not a ground beaking record. But I would say it is. It is ground breaking in that it makes 'dark & slow' almost cool.

It is typical Massive Attack. They have not lost their unique sound. I would say this record is the sum of all that they have done before. It has elements of all their previous records in it, but it comes up with its own original stamp of identity.

I'm not usually one who likes downbeat and downtempo records that much, but when they come this good I'm all for it.
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on 30 April 2013
been a fan for a long time, and never heard this album until recently .
Babel - perfection. nuf said.
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