10 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The first real album from trip-hop pioneers Massive Attack since 2003, Heligoland is a beautiful work that departs slightly from what was once the true “Massive Attack sound.” Traces of ‘90s trip-hop can’t help but find their way into these songs, but the music here feels more evolved, its well-lived parts more intricately woven. Guests include TV On the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe, Damon Albarn, Hope Sandoval, and Elbow's Guy Garvey, along with semi-regular Horace Andy, and that lineup alone speaks volumes about the intended tone of the collection. Moving from the lonely cinematic pans of “Pray for Rain,” through the downtempo, Martina Topley-Bird-sung “Babel,” and into the playfully brooding “Splitting the Atom,” Heligoland marries MA’s recent affinity for film- soundtrack work with their own, organically inventive music. As back in the day, bongos, pianos and moody guitar work are present, but somber blasts of brass, stuttering electronics and haunting vintage organs on tracks such as “Rush Minute,” “Girl I Love You,” and “Atlas Air” brands Heligoland as a vehicle for some of their best work ever.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The first real album from trip-hop pioneers Massive Attack since 2003, Heligoland is a beautiful work that departs slightly from what was once the true “Massive Attack sound.” Traces of ‘90s trip-hop can’t help but find their way into these songs, but the music here feels more evolved, its well-lived parts more intricately woven. Guests include TV On the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe, Damon Albarn, Hope Sandoval, and Elbow's Guy Garvey, along with semi-regular Horace Andy, and that lineup alone speaks volumes about the intended tone of the collection. Moving from the lonely cinematic pans of “Pray for Rain,” through the downtempo, Martina Topley-Bird-sung “Babel,” and into the playfully brooding “Splitting the Atom,” Heligoland marries MA’s recent affinity for film- soundtrack work with their own, organically inventive music. As back in the day, bongos, pianos and moody guitar work are present, but somber blasts of brass, stuttering electronics and haunting vintage organs on tracks such as “Rush Minute,” “Girl I Love You,” and “Atlas Air” brands Heligoland as a vehicle for some of their best work ever.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

jlop13 ,

it's massive attack

Brilliant, ever evolving, they're amazing

Jolie Lives ,

BLOODY FABULOUS MUSIC!

Beauty Lives 6/16/19 Absolutely adore “LUTHER” on BBCA & Paradise Circus is the show’s theme song. The brilliance of the Theme Song’s sensuality, lulls the listener into the illusion that we’re about to have great, nay fabulous sex! Multiple orgasms await us momentarily & then “Luther” begins. Which is when, a minute or less into the series, all hell breaks loose! Our stomach twists, as we watch Mommy Dearest Therapists, toss pails of freezing water, onto the naked body, of their serial killing son’s, who’re contorted, naked & twisted in a cement room.
I gazed at a “HOUSE” review, a show I adored initially, but put the actor who portrayed House, (who’s name completely escapes me at the moment) besides Idris Elba, (both Brits btw) & Idris shines brighter every time!
Which is why I tracked this Group down & am probably going to DL the album. First though, I’ve got to watch the 2 episodes I recorded of “LUTHER”! Then, I’ll enjoy listening to the album!

We40Deep ,

Massive Attack since a 90s teen..

Forget the tv show House. Im in my 40s and knew how great Massive Attack has been since the 90s when i was in high school. Start with 1991's Unfinished Symphony and One. Enjoy children.

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