Massive Attack Protection Vinyl
Three years after changing the musical landscape with the stoned and soulful majesty of “Blue Lines”, Massive Attack returned to the airwaves and turntables with the after hours cool of “Protection”. It finds the group in confident mode, continuing to fuse hip hop, reggae and soul, but adding elements of R&B and chilled out electronica.
The LP opens in emotive fashion with Tracey Thorn collaboration “Protection”, before the thumping bass and relaxed rhymes of “Karmacoma” begin to test your speakers. The infectious, undulating groove of “Weather Storm” is one of the finest sample flips ever, while the menacing piano and robust breakbeats of “Heat Miser” rival the introspective quality of anything on DJ Shadow’s “Endtroducing”. Elsewhere the involvement of Craig Armstrong broadens the sound with the use of piano and some lush string arrangements. Peppered with irresistible melodies and irrepressible rhythms throughout, all the while maintaining a subtle melancholy.
4 Weather Storm
5 Spying Glass
6 Better Things
7 Euro Child
9 Heat Miser
10 Light My Fire