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Editors’ Notes

Trip-hop was plenty bleak to begin with, but Massive Attack's third album reached new extremes of desolation. The beetle on the cover is a good indicator of the menace inside. Tempos crawl. Vocals are pitched between a whisper and a growl. Even the milk is black in their midnight world. Hip-hop beats and dub bass come cloaked in paranoid atmospheres, but the all-encompassing sense of dread is never anything less than electrifying. On "Teardrop," featuring Cocteau Twins' angelic Elizabeth Fraser, the storm clouds briefly part—a reprieve that only accentuates the heaviness of the rest.

Customer Reviews

Still one of the best

Still one of the best electronic albums of all time. Never gets old.

Desert island disc...

To those that remember. This would have been one for sure. A beautiful album. Near perfect. A rarity of gigantic proportions. Probably will be a timeless album referred to, spoken of, and talked about. Maybe the most important of its genre. Many late nights with this in the background.

Yup

Unbelievable production. Only recently discovered this album and I was amazed to find that its almost 17 years old. “Angel” doesn’t get nearly the respect it deserves. One of the best openings to an album I’ve ever heard.

Biography

Formed: 1987 in Bristol, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most innovative and influential groups of their generation, Massive Attack's hypnotic sound -- a darkly sensual and cinematic fusion of hip-hop rhythms, soulful melodies, dub grooves, and choice samples -- informed decades worth of acclaimed dance and rock artists including Portishead, Beth Orton, Radiohead, TV on the Radio, and Tricky, a Massive Attack alumnus. Their history dates back to 1983 and the formation of the Wild Bunch, one of the earliest and most successful sound system/DJ...
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