The Village Voice offers this excellent review (I’m In Love With My Walls) of Massive Attack’s newest release 100th Window. The album is a pleasant progression from Mezzanine, Protection and Blue Lines and succeeds at mixing Sinead O’Connor’s wispy vocals with more dark meandering sounds.
In fact, one early defining characteristic of Massive Attack was their determination to flit about in as many different styles as possible, to run amok all over the place—in non-confinement, so to speak. On 1991’s Blue Lines and 1994’s Protection, the Bristol trio carved away at ideas from reggae and dub, hip-hop, soul music, lite jazz, and ambient (all the usual post-Soul II Soul suspects), and once in a while—in the rockin’-bells rhythm of “Unfinished Sympathy” and the Dusty Springfield swoon of “Protection”—they made you forget about the grocery list, too. But like so much trip-hop that followed Blue Lines’ blueprint, the group’s dawdling pursuit of “all over the place” often wound up stranded nowhere in particular.