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Heligoland (Bonus Edition)

Massive Attack

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Until 2003's 100th Window, each Massive Attack album had been a discrete record, stylistically distinct and mostly unconnected to what had gone before it (even if it included the same vocalists). By sounding like an inferior copy of the 1998 landmark Mezzanine, 100th Window broke a string and led to negative reviews. Heligoland marks a return to departures. The sound of Massive Attack circa 2010 has some similarities to what the group has done in the past, but overall, this represents a radical shift in music-making. Granted, most of the Massive Attack hallmarks are still here: gripping music laden with tension and dread, a production that sounds fathoms deep, and an insular worldview represented by a cast of vocalists both new and old. (The new voices include Damon Albarn, Hope Sandoval, Elbow's Guy Garvey, and TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe.) What's immediately apparent, however, from the opener "Pray for Rain" is the sparseness and understated air on display here. With Adebimpe on vocals, the track begins with a rattling of bones and a resigned air whose closest predecessor is "In a Lonely Place" by New Order (a group who practically defined the word understated with their music prior to 1982). This certainly isn't the Massive Attack that floated the smoothest British house of the early '90s, and more surprisingly, it's also not the Massive Attack that created dense, immersive trip-hop during the '90s and early 2000s. At times, it's clear that Robert Del Naja and Neil Davidge's work on soundtracks during the 2000s has adversely affected their main project, resulting in music that skirts the background as often as not. Heligoland often sounds like a soundtrack, most likely the score to some dystopic thriller such as Children of Men or 28 Days Later. The album also isn't as experimental as the music Massive Attack made in the past. Unlike Portishead's Third, a classic comeback from their fellow Bristolians, it also lacks the balance of experimentation and emotion (the latter especially has often been a weakness in Massive Attack's output compared to their peers). True, Horace Andy and Hope Sandoval front some impressive productions, and Damon Albarn's "Saturday Come Slow" is one of his best post-Blur features (including Gorillaz), but overall Heligoland lacks the majesty and might of classic Massive Attack.
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1
Pray For Rain
00:06:43

Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Matty Green, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Young, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Grant Marshall, Composer - Euan Dickinson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Goldsworthy, Keyboards, Programmer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Massive Attack, MainArtist - Robert Del Naja, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Davidge, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Piano, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Broucek, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Fuller, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Leo Sidran, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Damon Reece, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tunde Adebimpe, Composer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Austin, Keyboards, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Gerhardt 'Jerry' Fuchs, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Shephard, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Littlejohn, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2010 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2009 Virgin Records Limited

2
Babel
00:05:19

Tim Young, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Grant Marshall, Composer - Euan Dickinson, Recording Engineer, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Massive Attack, MainArtist - Robert Del Naja, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Davidge, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Bass (Vocal) - Martina Topley Bird, Composer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Damon Reece, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2010 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Virgin Records Limited

3
Splitting The Atom
00:05:16

Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Matty Green, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Young, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cox, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Damon Albarn, Composer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Sedgwick, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Grant Marshall, Composer, Producer, Programmer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Euan Dickinson, Programmer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Massive Attack, MainArtist - Robert Del Naja, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Davidge, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Horace Andy, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2010 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2009 Virgin Records Limited

4
Girl I Love You
00:05:26

Phil Egan, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Matty Green, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Young, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Storr, Flugelhorn, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Graham Archer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Langley, Flugelhorn, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Grant Marshall, Composer - Euan Dickinson, Keyboards, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Goldsworthy, Programmer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Massive Attack, MainArtist - Robert Del Naja, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Davidge, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Eric Broucek, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Horace Andy, Composer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Brown Jnr, Trombone, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Gerhardt 'Jerry' Fuchs, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Grappy, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2010 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Virgin Records Limited

5
Psyche
00:03:24

Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Matty Green, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Young, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Grant Marshall, Composer - Euan Dickinson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Massive Attack, MainArtist - Robert Del Naja, Composer, Producer - Neil Davidge, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Martina Topley Bird, Composer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2010 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Virgin Records Limited

6
Flat Of The Blade
00:05:30

Guy Garvey, Composer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Egan, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Matty Green, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Young, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Storr, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Cox, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Graham Archer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Langley, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Damon Albarn, Composer, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Grant Marshall, Composer - Euan Dickinson, Programmer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Massive Attack, MainArtist - Robert Del Naja, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Davidge, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Broucek, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harry Brown Jnr, Trombone, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2010 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Virgin Records Limited

7
Paradise Circus
00:04:57

Stuart Gordon, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Young, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Grant Marshall, Composer, Producer - Euan Dickinson, Recording Engineer, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Goldsworthy, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Massive Attack, MainArtist - Robert Del Naja, Composer, Producer, Programmer - Neil Davidge, Producer, Mixer, Piano, Programmer, Vibraphone, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Broucek, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Fuller, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Hope Sandoval, Composer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Stew Jackson, Composer, Programmer - Dan Brown, Composer, Programmer - Gerhardt 'Jerry' Fuchs, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2010 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Virgin Records Limited

8
Rush Minute
00:04:50

Tim Young, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Grant Marshall, Composer - Euan Dickinson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Massive Attack, MainArtist - Robert Del Naja, Composer, Producer - Neil Davidge, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Broucek, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Fuller, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Damon Reece, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2010 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Virgin Records Limited

9
Saturday Come Slow
00:03:43

Adrian Utley, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Matty Green, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Young, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Damon Albarn, Composer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Grant Marshall, Composer, Producer - Euan Dickinson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Goldsworthy, Programmer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Massive Attack, MainArtist - Robert Del Naja, Composer, Producer, Programmer - Neil Davidge, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Broucek, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Fuller, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Stew Jackson, Composer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Brown, Composer, Bouzouki, AssociatedPerformer - Gerhardt 'Jerry' Fuchs, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2010 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Virgin Records Limited

10
Atlas Air
00:07:51

Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Matty Green, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Grant Marshall, Composer - John Baggott, Composer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Euan Dickinson, Programmer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Goldsworthy, Keyboards, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer - Massive Attack, MainArtist - Robert Del Naja, Composer, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Davidge, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Eric Broucek, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Fuller, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 2010 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Virgin Records Limited

11
Paradise Circus
00:08:07

Stuart Gordon, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Young, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Grant Marshall, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Euan Dickinson, Recording Engineer, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Goldsworthy, Producer, Additional Producer - Massive Attack, MainArtist - Robert Del Naja, Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Neil Davidge, Producer, Mixer, Piano, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Broucek, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Fuller, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Hope Sandoval, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Stew Jackson, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dan Brown, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gui Boratto, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Gerhardt 'Jerry' Fuchs, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2010 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Virgin Records Limited

12
Fatalism
00:04:54

Guy Garvey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ryuichi Sakamoto, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Young, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tomohiko Gondo, Producer, Additional Producer - Yukihiro Takahashi, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Grant Marshall, ComposerLyricist - Massive Attack, MainArtist - Robert Del Naja, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Neil Davidge, Producer, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2010 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Virgin Records Limited

13
Girl I Love You
00:05:00

Phil Egan, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Matty Green, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Young, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Storr, Flugelhorn, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Graham Archer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Langley, Flugelhorn, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Grant Marshall, Composer - Euan Dickinson, Keyboards, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Goldsworthy, Producer, Additional Producer, Programmer - Massive Attack, MainArtist - Robert Del Naja, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Davidge, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Eric Broucek, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Horace Andy, Composer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Brown Jnr, Trombone, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Gerhardt 'Jerry' Fuchs, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Grappy, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - She is Danger, Producer, Additional Producer, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2010 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Virgin Records Limited

14
Paradise Circus
00:04:44

Stuart Gordon, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Breakage, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Stuart Hawkes, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Grant Marshall, Composer, Producer - Euan Dickinson, Recording Engineer, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Goldsworthy, Producer, Additional Producer - Massive Attack, MainArtist - Robert Del Naja, Composer, Producer, Programmer - Neil Davidge, Producer, Mixer, Piano, Programmer, Vibraphone, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Broucek, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Fuller, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Hope Sandoval, Composer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Stew Jackson, Composer, Programmer - Dan Brown, Composer, Programmer - Gerhardt 'Jerry' Fuchs, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2010 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Virgin Records Limited

Album Description

Until 2003's 100th Window, each Massive Attack album had been a discrete record, stylistically distinct and mostly unconnected to what had gone before it (even if it included the same vocalists). By sounding like an inferior copy of the 1998 landmark Mezzanine, 100th Window broke a string and led to negative reviews. Heligoland marks a return to departures. The sound of Massive Attack circa 2010 has some similarities to what the group has done in the past, but overall, this represents a radical shift in music-making. Granted, most of the Massive Attack hallmarks are still here: gripping music laden with tension and dread, a production that sounds fathoms deep, and an insular worldview represented by a cast of vocalists both new and old. (The new voices include Damon Albarn, Hope Sandoval, Elbow's Guy Garvey, and TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe.) What's immediately apparent, however, from the opener "Pray for Rain" is the sparseness and understated air on display here. With Adebimpe on vocals, the track begins with a rattling of bones and a resigned air whose closest predecessor is "In a Lonely Place" by New Order (a group who practically defined the word understated with their music prior to 1982). This certainly isn't the Massive Attack that floated the smoothest British house of the early '90s, and more surprisingly, it's also not the Massive Attack that created dense, immersive trip-hop during the '90s and early 2000s. At times, it's clear that Robert Del Naja and Neil Davidge's work on soundtracks during the 2000s has adversely affected their main project, resulting in music that skirts the background as often as not. Heligoland often sounds like a soundtrack, most likely the score to some dystopic thriller such as Children of Men or 28 Days Later. The album also isn't as experimental as the music Massive Attack made in the past. Unlike Portishead's Third, a classic comeback from their fellow Bristolians, it also lacks the balance of experimentation and emotion (the latter especially has often been a weakness in Massive Attack's output compared to their peers). True, Horace Andy and Hope Sandoval front some impressive productions, and Damon Albarn's "Saturday Come Slow" is one of his best post-Blur features (including Gorillaz), but overall Heligoland lacks the majesty and might of classic Massive Attack.
© John Bush /TiVo

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