A body without a heart: the best of Massive Attack

Searching for progenitors, Americans might have stopped at Neneh Cherry’s “Manchild,” in which a lulling, dazed beat refuses to so much as shudder as strings rumble and crack. But it took hearing “Protection” at an Edinburgh pub in the summer of 1997 to start my walk backward. So did an excellent Finsbury Park performance a week later, during which they debuted new material. Tricky (Kid) was another story. By the late nineties Massive Attack were Gap music: “Inertia Creeps” and “Teardrop” accompanying the choosing of V-neck shirts. A delightful wrinkle, for 1998’s Mezzanine contained their thickest music. I missed the samples and Mushroom on 100th Window, Shara Nelson always. Hence, “Unfinished Sympathy” atop my list, first heard by yours truly on the Sliver soundtrack (Heaven 17’s “Penthouse and Pavement” too!).

1. Unfinished Sympathy
2. Angel
3. Safe From Harm
4. Protection
5. Daydreaming
6. Risingson
7. Karmacoma
8. Special Cases
9. Man Next Door
10. Sly
11. Radiation Ruling the Nation
12. Inertia Creeps
13. I Want You (Madonna with Massive Attack)
14. Cool Monsoon
15. Teardrop
16. Down That Road (Shara Nelson)

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One Response to A body without a heart: the best of Massive Attack

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