Album review: Blue Lines - Massive Attack
Twenty-one years ago, while Primal Scream and The Orb were sending starry-eyed teens to ecstatic dance floors, a collective from the south-west city of Bristol invented an altogether darker and more urban sound: trip-hop.
Of course, Massive Attack didn't call it that (and members were later to bemoan its subsequent ad-friendly ubiquity) but from the opening midnight bass-rumble of Safe from Harm to Horace Andy's fatalistic Hymn of The Big Wheel, their punk-meets-reggae-meets-drum 'n bass sound became the soundtrack for the disaffected.
This remaster shows how the minimalist soul sound and call-to-arms lyrics of Tricky, 3D et al are still today. Sheer brilliance.
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