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100th Window CD

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 19 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00007KK7V
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,652 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Future Proof
2. What Your Soul Sings
3. Everywhen
4. Special Cases
5. Butterfly Caught
6. A Prayer For England
7. Small Time Shot Away
8. Name Taken
9. Antistar

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With dark shades of dub and songs that stretch with patient intensity, 100th Window finds trip-hop legends Massive Attack seeping through your speakers with the same eerie intensity they mined on 1998's revelatory Mezzanine. The burden of high expectations has been a constant for this band since they released the classic Blue Lines in 1991. Under pressure to produce yet another record that changes the playing field of dance music, the collective has turned in a brooding, orchestral work that profits greatly from collaboration. The breathy, distinctive voice of Sinead O'Connor elevates a song like "What Your Soul Sings" into a deeply affecting, candlelit nocturne, while Horace Andy's stylized vocal washes through the string-laden "Name Taken." O'Connor also shines on "A Prayer for England," a remake of "Safe from Harm" off Lines, as her barely contained emotions artfully collide with Window's stark, distorted production. It may not turn the world upside down again, but Massive Attack retains the power to keep you transfixed and blissfully off-balance. --Matthew Cooke

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Araujo on May 17 2004
Format: Audio CD
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 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!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timothy J. Capone on May 25 2004
Format: Audio CD
Even beautiful music can be haunting. This is the most progressive music I've heard since the '70s. Massive Attack has always been as fine a group of musicians one can find, but they've out done themselves. Their future CDs will be compared to this. Their past CDs will be compared to this. This CD is what my soul sings to me.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Anderson on June 23 2004
Format: Audio CD
"100th Window" is Massive Attack's forth album release to date, released in 2003. Though they've been well-known for a decade in the UK, this album gave them their biggest US success to date though still lowkey. This often overlooked group is one of the leaders in electronica/ techno music. Their unique style gives listeners an unforgettable experience through every listen. Whether their music is through deejaying and/or live instruments, they've always stayed on top. Though they've always been an incredible act, "100th Window" may be their best to date. They prove that they've wonderfully evolved as artists.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By x0r n3g4r10u2 on April 21 2004
Format: Audio CD
Okay, first off... the massive attack project is an ARTISTIC project involving dark undertones, urban sounds/beats, soul, social commentary, groove, AND EXPERIMENTALISM. If you like "trip hop", congratulations cause i don't know many trip-hop musicians that label THEMSELVES as such. I love tricky, massive attack, portishead, etc... but techno animal's "brotherhood of the bomb" album is also trip hop, a masterpiece of trip hop done with dub, a forgotten element of trip hop. Do you trip-hop-ers out there have it too, since you're soo elite?... didn't think so. Guess what? It's art too... not a badge of elitism and pretentiousness.
This is the best massive attack album (GASP!!!) because it continues along with the logical progression from blue lines through mezzanine... getting darker, moodier, droning, but groove still. This album has lost the egostistical nature of its missing members and gained a sincere minimalism and purity of what the whole project was always about...
so shut up.
Big ups to all who gave high ratings and understand my words...
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