Blue Lines

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All Music Guide - John Bush
The first masterpiece of what was only termed trip-hop much later, Blue Lines filtered American hip-hop through the lens of British club culture, a stylish, nocturnal sense of scene that encompassed music from rare groove to dub to dance. The album balances dark, diva-led club jams along the lines of Soul II Soul with some of the best British rap vocals and production heard up to that point, occasionally on the same track. The opener "Safe From Harm" is the best example, with diva vocalist Shara Nelson trading off lines with the group's own monotone yet effective rapping. Even more than hip-hop or dance, however, dub is the big touchstone on Blue Lines. Most of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
The first masterpiece of what was only termed trip-hop much later, Blue Lines filtered American hip-hop through the lens of British club culture, a stylish, nocturnal sense of scene that encompassed music from rare groove to dub to dance. The album balances dark, diva-led club jams along the lines of Soul II Soul with some of the best British rap vocals and production heard up to that point, occasionally on the same track. The opener "Safe From Harm" is the best example, with diva vocalist Shara Nelson trading off lines with the group's own monotone yet effective rapping. Even more than hip-hop or dance, however, dub is the big touchstone on Blue Lines. Most of the productions aren't quite as earthy as you'd expect, but the influence is palpable in the atmospherics of the songs, like the faraway electric piano on "One Love" with beautiful vocals from the near-legendary Horace Andy. One track, "Five Man Army," makes the dub inspiration explicit, with a clattering percussion line, moderate reverb on the guitar and drums, and Andy's exquisite falsetto flitting over the chorus. Blue Lines isn't all darkness, either -- "Be Thankful for What You've Got" is quite close to the smooth soul tune conjured by its title, and "Unfinished Sympathy" -- the group's first classic production -- is a tremendously moving fusion of up-tempo hip-hop and dancefloor jam with slow-moving, syrupy strings. Flaunting both their range and their tremendously evocative productions, Massive Attack recorded one of the best dance albums of all time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/1992
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 077778622826
  • Catalog Number: 86228
  • Sales rank: 15,687

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Safe from Harm (5:18)
  2. 2 One Love (4:48)
  3. 3 Blue Lines (4:21)
  4. 4 Be Thankful for What You've Got (4:09)
  5. 5 Five Man Army (6:04)
  6. 6 Unfinished Sympathy (5:08)
  7. 7 Daydreaming (4:14)
  8. 8 Lately (4:26)
  9. 9 Hymn of the Big Wheel (6:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Massive Attack Primary Artist, Vocals
Horace Andy Vocals
Tony Bryan Vocals
Paul Johnson Bass Guitar
Shara Nelson Vocals
Tricky Vocals
Gavyn Wright Leader
Robert "3D" del Naja Vocals
Grant "Daddy G" Marshall Vocals
Andrew "Mushroom" Vowles Keyboards
Mikey General Background Vocals
Will Malone Conductor
Johnny Dollar Keyboards
Technical Credits
Wally Badarou Composer
James Brown Composer
Massive Attack Composer, Producer
Horace Andy Composer
William DeVaughn Composer
Neneh Cherry Arranger, Composer
Shara Nelson Composer
Kevin Petrie Engineer
Robert "3D" del Naja Composer
Andrew "Mushroom" Vowles Composer
William E. Cobham Jr. Composer
Clyde Williams III Composer
Mushroom Composer
Horace Hinds Composer
Grantley Marshall Composer
Gus Redmond Composer
Johnny Dollar Producer
Jonathan Sharp Composer
R. Del Naja Composer
G. Marshall Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING !

    All of Massive Attack's albums are great, but this one is on the top of the list. Each track is differnt from the next, and they all come together to form a beautiful album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So incredibly influential

    This CD inspired me to newer and more soulful heights of beats and beauty.

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    Posted December 5, 2008

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