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Bristol's Massive Attack released a classic with their first album, Blue Lines, but only those who were paying careful attention noticed for a while; then, after everybody caught on, they were overshadowed by the likes of colleagues Portishead, who were cooler. But not so after the release of Protection, which sported a massive hit and was just as critically acclaimed as their first album. (The hit was the title track, for which Everything but the Girl's Tracy Thorn lent her divine pipes--a move that presaged EBTG's move to the dance floor.) Eschewing the showmanship of their scene mates, Massive prefer subtler soundscapes and using a diverse range of vocalists (including Horace Andy, Nicolette, and Tricky) who give them a number of flavours and moods with which to work. Protection is an understated album with a rich palette; it reveals more of itself on repeated listens, growing better--and deeper--each time. --Randy Silver
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One thing that really stands out though is that this album has a very hazy summer evening kind of mood, kind of like those hazy sunsets: that's what the music on this album evokes. Most of this album is very lightweight compared to "Mezzanine" but on it's own "Protection" has plenty to offer.
My favorite tracks are the title track, "Karmacoma" and "Weatherstorm".
The title track is easily the best track on this entire album. This track to me is one of the best mid 1990s chill-out tracks featuring a very nice hip-hop beat, and Tracey Thorn's absolutely crystal clear vocals which dominate this track. Wow! She sounds absolutely incredible on this track. This album is worth buying just for the title track alone. "Karmacoma" is another favorite track of mines with an excellent blend of chill-out dance and some reggae elements. The somewhat subdued rapping is actually quite good.
ALthough no bad songs by any stretch of the imagination, this album starts to kind of go all over the place and somewhat meander aimlessly in places.
"Weather Storm" is actually quite a fantastic and a great romantic relaxing song to listen to while basking in the sun on a summer evening but even though I really love this track, this one belongs on a smooth jazz Cd or on a smooth jazz station. I could actually recall hearing this on a smoothe jazz station one time a while back but had no idea that it was actually Massive Attack.Read more ›
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The only thing I got out of listening to the title track, Protection, is fleeting remembrances of the movie The Bodyguard. This was not a good film. Read morePublished on July 16 2004 by mark twain
"Protection" is another classic Massive Attack album that breaks the mold in what trip-hop/dub music is. Read morePublished on May 7 2004 by D. Lee
I'm really surprised to see Mezzanine got a better average rating than this one as Protection undoubtedly is one of the most important electronic releases of the 90's. Read morePublished on March 13 2004 by Mr
I love Mezzanine, but for sheer range of emotions, music, etc, Protection beats it hands down.
What Protection lacks in the dark, macabre sound of Mezzanine, it makes up for... Read more
This is Massive Attack's sophomore album, released in 1995 after their highly acclaimed debut, 1991's Blue Lines. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2004 by C.M. Johnigan
This overrated album doesn`t do much for me. I don`t really see what`s so special about it, and I believe it`s the band`s worse record. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2004 by gonn1000
I hated 'Blue Lines'. 'Protection', thankfully, is a better effort (probably due to the brilliance of 'Karmacoma'). Not nearly as great as 'Mezzanine'. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2004
This is a decent CD, but not quite as good as Mezzanine. I was hoping for more lyrical goodness from MA, instead I was greated with a lot of instrumental tracks and lackluster... Read morePublished on Dec 5 2003 by Binky Boy