Album review - Massive Attack's <i>100th Window</i>

This is my first music review for Catallarchy. Every once in a while, I'll post a music review of either something I bought recently, or something highly recommendable that may not be so new.

This one is Massive Attack's 100th Window album, and was released a few months ago on Virgin Records...

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For those unfamiliar with Massive Attack, they are often dubbed as one of the pioneers of the trip-hop movement and the UK Bristol scene, along with Portishead. 100th Window, their fourth release, is much like Mezzanine featuring slow-to-mid tempo dark soundscapes with Robert del Naja's blissed out vocals covering several tracks. The guest female vocalist on this one is Sinead O'Connor, along with another appearance by reggae artist Horace Andy.

The CD starts a bit mediocre, with the first couple tracks being a bit forgettable. However, the best part of the CD comes in the middle, starting with 'Everywhen'. The disc culminates with 'Butterfly Caught', the most uptempo track on the CD, and a superb track 'A Prayer for England', featuring O'Connor. After which the album loses some of its vigor, although the last track - 'Antistar' - is a decent closer. Massive Attack has nailed down creating a bass-laden atmosphere with decent hooks, and it works well in most areas on 100th Window.

While certainly a superior CD to many of other imitators in the field of trip-hop and dub, the album could use a little more spice of Blue Lines (their first CD). With Daddy G sitting this one out, his vocals are missed. And while Horace Andy is always a welcome sight, even his trademark reggae lean is muted. Overall, 100th Window is a good disc much like Mezzanine. However, it may sound a bit too much like Mezzanine. I give this one a solid B.

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