|4. Weather Storm|
|5. Spying Glass|
|6. Better Things|
|7. Euro Child|
|9. Heat Miser|
|10. Light My Fire (Live)|
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. But because I love smooth jazz, I actually enjoy this track but it feels way out of place on this album.Read more ›
What Protection lacks in the dark, macabre sound of Mezzanine, it makes up for with darkly mellow tracks like Protection and Three, evil grooves like Eurochild, and the unbelievable instrumental Weather Storm (my absolute favorite track of theirs).
There are a few weak moments on the CD. The live version of Light My Fire is to be avoided (fortunately, it is the last track), and Spying Glass doesn't really do it for me.
Otherwise, this is a brilliant album with a vast range of sounds. Highly recommended for fans of Massive Attack, Tricky, etc...