|1. Future Proof|
|2. What Your Soul Sings|
|4. Special Cases|
|5. Butterfly Caught|
|6. A Prayer For England|
|7. Small Time Shot Away|
|8. Name Taken|
The dark and eerie theme displayed in these tracks give new meaning to electronica music. All of the sounds and instruments combined wonderfully give listeners the intended sensation. The variety of haunting styles keep listeners interested in every song, starting with "Future Proof". The intimacy is always present through the darkness. As the theme becomes deeper, the heartpounding effect becomes stronger. The strong and personal lyrics blend wonderfully with the background. The only other artist to accomplish such emotional words with electronica music is Madonna on her "Ray of Light" album. Their performances wonderfully express them soulfully, including guest vocalist Sinead O'Connor ("Nothing Compares 2 U", 1989) in "Prayer For England", "When Your Soul Sings", and the hit single "Special Cases". Despite the songs clocking in at over five minutes, Massive Attack never lose contact with their talents.
"100th Window" is great for several occasions, especially great during sex. Such tremendous music quality will surely continue pleasing listeners for a long time. If their musical evolution continues in the future at their past rate, their next album should have exciting expectations.
This CD is much softer than Mezzanine, but not without that unique, cutting edge. This CD is more of a work of art from the first song to the last. I haven't been this excited about CD in a very long time. One of my all time favorites.
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!
Which is to say, its heads and tails better than lots of music out there.