11 Songs, 1 Hour 3 Minutes

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.

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.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
138 Ratings

138 Ratings

WorldCitizen23 ,

Still one of the best

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

Egh2012 ,

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.

-d(-_-)b- ,

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.

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