100th Window CD
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Their first album in five years! Earliest release from Japan. Virgin. 2003.
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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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!
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 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 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...
Most recent customer reviews
I hate to say that about Massive Attack...but it lacks diversity. OK it might be more in the vein of a mood album. It is still good though. Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2011 by Emmanuel Monteiro
The fact that fans of Massive Attack are comparing their latest work (favourably) with Madonna's wretched music sums up very nicely everything that is wrong with this album. Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by Invictus Sol
Massive Attack does not fail on their fourth release with an album very similar to their third release Mezzanine. Read morePublished on July 15 2004
I've been reading the reviews for Massive Attack's "100th Window" from professionals and folks here on Amazon. Read morePublished on May 17 2004 by D. Lee
This album is a great mix of mellow and laidback tones. Massive Attack has evolved nicely since their release of "Blue Lines". Read morePublished on May 5 2004
Yes, its Massive Attack's worst CD.
Which is to say, its heads and tails better than lots of music out there.
I never write reviews on here but felt I needed to express how great this album is since it has received some undeserving low ratings. Read morePublished on March 19 2004 by Dennis