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Massive Attack

  • Blue Lines [Virgin, 1991] ***
  • Protection [Virgin, 1995] A-
  • Mezzanine [Virgin, 1998] **
  • 100th Window [Virgin, 2003] Dud
  • Splitting the Atom [Virgin, 2009] **

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Consumer Guide Reviews:

Blue Lines [Virgin, 1991]
soul ii skank ("One Love," "Be Thankful for What You've Got") ***

Protection [Virgin, 1995]
Trip hop without pain or mess, thick-textured and clean-etched, doing a solid for vocalists in need (they return Tracey Thorn's favor with interest, including an introduction to unknown-but-equal Nicolette) and stretching instrumentals into a weird comfort zone (e.g. the almost literally atmospheric "Weather Storm," which I assume was a little too unusual for the funk-lite hedonists in producer Nellee Hooper's own band). Definitive: "Karmacoma," a title that would say everything you need know about the killing pleasures of killer weed if Tricky's stoned vocal didn't say so much more. A-

Mezzanine [Virgin, 1998]
Pre-millennium unction ("Risingson," "Man Next Door"). **

100th Window [Virgin, 2003] Dud

Splitting the Atom [Virgin, 2009]
Four different ways of revisiting a trip-hop ("Bulletproof Love [Van Rivers and the Subliminal Kid Remix]," "Psyche [Flash Treatment]"). **