label: Virgin Records
our score: 4.0 out of 5.0
buy it: here
been a dreary time for albums so far this year, but Massive Attack
are about to open the curtains and let some daylight in. Their
fourth studio album, 100th Window, is not about to blind
us with its power, but it will certainly provide a welcome break.
Window trundles on almost without you noticing it’s
playing because there is nothing to really make you sit up and
take notice of it. But once it’s over you end up looking
around for more, missing those melodic tunes that were bathing
reached their epiphany in the 1990s when they teamed up with Everything
But The Girl leading lady, Tracey Thorn, and enjoyed success with
Protection. A second coming is surely on the cards after
they persuaded the gorgeous Irish voice of Sinead O’Conner
to add vocals to three tracks on 100th Window. The best of these,
and the obvious choice for the next Massive Attack single, is
"Special Cases," a beautiful song which effortlessly
combines rich vocals with the now standard ethereal electronic
vibes. O’Conner is also impressive on "A Prayer For
England" and "What Your Soul Sings," transforming
what would have been cool instrumentals into haunting melodies
in a way only she has perfected.
But this is
not a Sinead O’Conner album, and to place too much on her
presence would detract from the good stuff to be found elsewhere.
"Everywhen" is a long, rhythmic track that sticks in
your subconscious, and this can also be said for "Butterfly
Caught," "Small Time Shot Away" and "Name
None of it
is blistering stuff that will storm the charts, and only the Sinead
O’Conner songs really lend themselves to anything marketable.
But this is pleasant stuff, with a dark content and a strangely
addictive deepness that is represented by formidable bass lines.
This is a good quality album for those who like quality spread
evenly around the entire CD.
04-Feb-2003 1:10 PM
liked 100th Window...
1. Future Proof
2. What Your Soul Sings
4. Special Cases
5. Butterfly Caught
6. Prayer For England
7. Small Time Shot Away
8. Name Taken
10. Hidden Track