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Old 09-24-2022, 10:00 PM   #551 (permalink)
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I'm still going through the Massive Attack.

I'm fine with the Beasties or Concrete Blonde. I have Bloodletting in my collection. I only have a compilation of the Beasts.
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Old 09-29-2022, 02:24 PM   #552 (permalink)
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Protection - Massive Attack

The time flies! I had not realised there were only two days left before the next album comes due. Damn it. Too much work, not enough time. Okay here goes.

The title track which opens the album I love; what is it they call this again? Trip-hop? Very atmospheric, really enjoyed that one. Great feel to it, nice and laid back and relaxed. Can't say the same about the next one, "Karmacoma" which is kind of like Waits doing a rap or something. I'm not mad about the male vocal, and there's kind of no real music other than the percussion and bass, with a keyboard riff every now and then. Not a fan of this at all. Followed by the return of the female vocal, which I far prefer, on "Three". Whoever is chanting "work work work" or whatever in the background is going to get a slap in a minute: very annoying. This song is not as good as the opener, which is something of a concern. Was the first one the exception to the rule? Guess we'll see.

Well the piano on "Weather Storm" is just lovely, and the bass complements it really well; I wonder is it an instrumental? If not, it's a pretty long intro. Yeah I'd be surprised if there were vocals now. Sort of a strings thing going too, maybe on synth. Really adds to the sumptuous feel of the track. Very nice. Oh. Cut off abruptly. Damn. Don't know if that is the YT playlist or if it's meant to go off like that? Annoying if the latter. I was enjoying that. Kind of a reggae feel to "Spying Glass", can't honestly say I like it. More of those, what do they call them, the fractured sort of vocals, like you get with James Blake? Glitched? Whatever, they're annoying. Hmm. That's three times in five tracks I've had to use that word. This is not encouraging.

"Better Things" is sort of reggae in rhythm too, but far more polished and laid back than the previous track. Mind you, that cut off suddenly too. I'm going to assume it's the playlist. Back to rap, a slow one on "Eurochild", sort of puts me in mind (with my almost complete lack of experience in hip-hop/rap) of "Gangsta's Paradise" (RIP Coolio), keeps things trip-hoppy (?) nice and laconic and smooth. The scratching adds something to the track, which has a kind of ominous atmosphere. Back with the female vocal for "Sly", which has a nice sort of seventies soul feel in the synths, and I love the slow percussion - oh wait, that descending synth riff, that's from "Riders on the Storm", innit? Knew I recognised it.

That leaves one original track, and "Heat Miser" is again slow with a rippling piano reminding me of Oldfield's "Tubular Bells" (or, if you prefer, the music from The Exorcist) with heavier percussion and a feeling this may be another instrumental? Maybe? Yeah it is. Then for no reason there's a live version of "Light My Fire", in which I have no interest.

Overall I'd say this album has its flaws, but the good tracks outweigh the bad.
Rating: 7.7/10
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Old 09-29-2022, 02:57 PM   #553 (permalink)
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Yeah, the first Youtube playlist for this album cuts off a lot - really pisses me off - this playlist has the whole album, no cuts I think if anyone still needs it

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...qQ3B7UcqV3-Lcy
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Old 09-29-2022, 06:34 PM   #554 (permalink)
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You're all such wonderful reviewers.

I had every intention of being a regular contributor, but to be honest, I'm working 60 hours a week right now and drinking or listening to my comforting usuals when I'm not. I'm no good as an official member.

Can I be kinda like an NPC? Sometimes I'll review things, but there is no expectation that I can ever submit my own album?
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Sure you can. You can be an Executive Member. We like you.
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I'm lazy, so I'm planning on just reposting a review of this album I've already written on MusicBanter before, with some slight modifications - but I'll go last so that I don't poison the well.
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Old 09-30-2022, 08:33 PM   #558 (permalink)
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This is my first time hearing Massive Attack, and pre-judging on the basis of their name and the cover art of Protection, I was expecting altogether more aggressive music. Instead, the band's goal seems to be an impeccably cool and unflustered sound that made me think of Sade or Gotan Project. A style called Acid Jazz, I think.

The opener, with the girl singing, is smooth and poignant, and gets better when a kind of oozy electronic sound bubbles in at about 3 mins: great sound, but I know I've heard it somewhere before. Nothing else catches my attention here as the song rolls predictably on. Still, that track is way better than the guy who comes, next singing with rap-inflected vocals, which I really didn't like. So Karcoma and Euro Child were the album low points for me.

The high points were the two instrumental tracks, Weather Storm and Heat Miser. I might add these to a playlist I have of soft background music that I listen to when I'm doing some work that needs a bit of concentration.

Sly was an ok track, though I didn't really like the sweeping strings which reminded me of some orchestral pop from the sixties. Other tracks went by without leaving much impression, and the closer was, as most of us seem to agree, a mistake: why disrupt the narcotic studio mood for the sake of a live rendition of a truly stale choice of a cover song: the done-to-death Light My Fire?

So, at best, Massive Attack have come up with some tolerable background music. If that was their intention, they don't get a very high score from me: they would've done better to call themselves Massive Disappointment imo: 3.5/10
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This is my first time hearing Massive Attack, and pre-judging on the basis of their name and the cover art of Protection, I was expecting altogether more aggressive music. Instead, the band's goal seems to be an impeccably cool and unflustered sound that made me think of Sade or Gotan Project. A style called Acid Jazz, I think.

The opener, with the girl singing, is smooth and poignant, and gets better when a kind of oozy electronic sound bubbles in at about 3 mins: great sound, but I know I've heard it somewhere before. Nothing else catches my attention here as the song rolls predictably on. Still, that track is way better than the guy who comes, next singing with rap-inflected vocals, which I really didn't like. So Karcoma and Euro Child were the album low points for me.

The high points were the two instrumental tracks, Weather Storm and Heat Miser. I might add these to a playlist I have of soft background music that I listen to when I'm doing some work that needs a bit of concentration.

Sly was an ok track, though I didn't really like the sweeping strings which reminded me of some orchestral pop from the sixties. Other tracks went by without leaving much impression, and the closer was, as most of us seem to agree, a mistake: why disrupt the narcotic studio mood for the sake of a live rendition of a truly stale choice of a cover song: the done-to-death Light My Fire?

So, at best, Massive Attack have come up with some tolerable background music. If that was their intention, they don't get a very high score from me: they would've done better to call themselves Massive Disappointment imo: 3.5/10
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