Massive Attack – Heligoland (Review)


February 8, 2010 is the day that Massive Attack releases their fifth studio album.

Its been seven (wow that long) years since their last effort 100th Window.
Somehow I wasn’t really impress with 100th Window besides Special Cases which featured Sinead O’Connor.
Massive Attack has been the pioneer in Trip-hop.
From their mellow R&B/trip-hop sounds from Blue Lines and Protection to the dark electronica sound of Mezzanine.
They have been changing and becoming innovative with their sound.
Contrary to some reports that this album was going backwards ala Mezzanine era.
A part of me wants them to go back to the Protection/Mezzanine era.
Heligoland seems to rely more on guest singers than Robert “3D” Del Naja (Which he sings on Rush Minute and Atlas Air) and Grant “Daddy G” Marshall.
So far I still like Paradise Circus featuring Hope Sandoval (ex-Mazzy Star, how I miss that band).
One thing I want to question is, “why does Hope sound like she is either British or European? Isn’t she American?”
Its very guitar, drums and electronica driven than previous efforts.
Still maintains that dark brooding sound.
Besides tracks like Babel which has that fast almost D&B sound and Girl I Love You sounding like a high intense angry track.
The shortest track is Psyche clocking at 3:25 minutes while the longest is United Snakes which clocks at 9:45 minutes.

Overall this album is one of those albums you need to listen a few times to actually get into the music.

Best tracks:

  • Babel (feat. Martina Topley-Bird)
  • Girl I Love You (feat. Horace Andy)
  • Psyche (feat. Martina Topley-Bird)
  • [audio:http://acquiescetomusic.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/05-psyche-feat-martina-topley-bird2.mp3]
  • Paradise Circus (feat. Hope Sandoval)
  • [audio:http://berri.dk/music/07%20-%20Paradise%20Circus.mp3]
  • Saturday Come Slow (feat. Damon Albarn)
  • Atlas Air
  • Paradise Circus (Gui Boratto Remix)
  • Girl I Love You (She Is Danger Remix)
  • [audio:http://welikeitindie.com/get_file.php?file=massiveattack.mp3]
  • Paradise Circus (Breakage’s Tight Rope Remix)

Here is the music video for Splitting The Atom

If I rate this, it would be 7/10.
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Comments

  1. Massif Stig

    “…The shortest track is Psyche clocking at 3:25 minutes while the longest is United Snakes which clocks at 9:45 minutes.”

    There is no track called “United Snakes” on Heligoland

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