Well, it took me some time to write a review for this album, mainly because I think it is one of Massive Attack's most flawless Labels to date-- Yes I know what most of you are thinking, that I'm totally wrong about this, So I'll just give my straight-forward opinion on this album by it's merits and great songs, I'm not here to make complaints or pull out the past (''Mezzanine''). As-well as ''Mezzanine'' was a great follow-up to ''Blue Lines''-- so now it's time for a follow-up to 1995's ''Protection''.
The album is more laid-back with more of the R&B and slow-rock influence. The production values have evolved with time as the group has taken bits of the new stuff and merged it with the mature stuff, most of the beats feature minimal bass and not to high-scattered beats like those of previous tracks like ''Dissolved Girl'', ''Protection'', ''Safe From Harm'' and ''Black Milk''.
My favorite track on this album is ''A Prayer For England'' which I think-- that Massive Attack made a big mistake not to release this as the primer track, it has a semi-muted and sensitively dark atmosphere with lyrics such as ''In the name of, And by the power of the holy spirit, May we invoke your Intersession for The children of England, Some of whom have seen Murder so obscene, Some of whom have been taken''-- it sets a very haunting and unnerving mood...as-well as I'm not at all surprised to see that Sinead O'Connor's distinctive voice sounds absolutely incredible!.
Other great tracks are ''Special Cases'' (Check out Madonna's trip-hop song ''Has To Be'' for a very similar track, it can be found on ''Ray Of Light/Japanese Import''). ''What Your Soul Sings'' is a esque-Stings ''Windmills Of Your Mind'' kinda track. ''Everywhen'' is like ''Risingson'' Pt.2m, ''Name Taken'' and ''Small Time Shot Away'' are also cool tracks. So here you have it, a possible follow-up to the likes of ''Protection'', all-in-all...A really nice album from Massive Attack. Enjoy!