Collected

Collected

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by Massive Attack
     
 

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Although a catalog of four albums might not seem deep enough to warrant a retrospective collection, in the case of Massive Attack, it is a perfect and welcomed gift. Since their beginnings in the early '90s, Massive Attack have been both unswerving and innovative, recruiting an A-list cast of guest vocalists to help work subtle variations on dark, dub-based rhythms

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Although a catalog of four albums might not seem deep enough to warrant a retrospective collection, in the case of Massive Attack, it is a perfect and welcomed gift. Since their beginnings in the early '90s, Massive Attack have been both unswerving and innovative, recruiting an A-list cast of guest vocalists to help work subtle variations on dark, dub-based rhythms that were once pigeonholed as "trip hop." Collected works as both an effortlessly coherent reminder of Massive Attack's consistently high standard and a compendium of seductive singing from Everything But the Girl's Tracey Thorn, Cocteau Twins' Elizabeth Fraser, Sinéad O'Connor, Tricky, Horace Andy, and others. Beginning with the classic early single "Safe from Harm" and ending with a new track, "Live with Me" (but skipping non-chronologically otherwise), Collected is nearly 80 minutes of rumbling bass lines, stark percussion, trippy, paranoid keyboards, and haunting vocal performances. Ranging from the beautifully languid "Protection" to the mysteriously sensual "Teardrop" (recently used as the theme to the TV show House), and from the nervously energetic "Karmacoma" to the club classic "Unfinished Symphony," Collected never fails to enthrall.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
As expected but perhaps not hoped for, Virgin dishes fans this best of, Collected, as Massive Attack are buying time to complete Weather Underground, their next album to be released -- hopefully -- within the calendar year 2006. All collections of this type give punters the chance to look back at what was once futuristic and is now commonplace and how well an act's music has aged. The remainder of the Wild Bunch -- Andrew "Mushroom" Vowles and Grant Grant "Daddy G" Marshall, and Robert "3D" del Naja -- who formed Massive Attack as evidenced by these 13 tracks, all have their place. The cuts are nearly equally divided between the albums Blue Lines, Protection, Mezzanine and 100th Window. None of the soundtrack works appears here, and neither do any 12" mixes. Hits like "Safer from Harm" and "Karmacoma" don't age so well, but others, such as "Inertia Creeps," the sublime "Teardrops," the sinister "Butterfly Caught," the spooky, mercurial love song "What Your Soul Sings," (with Sinéad O'Connor on vocals), and even "Unfinished Sympathy," (with Shara Nelson singing her ass off), do. There is a an unreleased track, a new blues called "Live with Me" that begins with a string intro, a deadly slow rhythm track offered as mid-tempo creep, and the deep soul voice of Terry Callier hovering inside the darkness. He moves from the blues to soul and back again as M.A weave that sorrowful, noir-ish, sonic magic all around him, draping him in atmospheric shadows and snaky beats. Nope, it isn't so new, but music this fine doesn't need to be. This isn't music for kids, or perhaps even for clubs, but it may be for the masses if the masses were given the chance to climb on. This is a fine introduction if you've been sleeping these past 15 years, or have recently come to realize that indie rock is but one color on the spectrum. Massive Attack at their best -- and much of it is here -- were a force to be reckoned with, and "Live with Me," is a hint that they still may be.
Rolling Stone - Peter Relic
A superior, welcome collection.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/04/2006
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0094636006826
catalogNumber:
60068
Rank:
39418

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Massive Attack   Primary Artist,Vocals
Mahavishnu Orchestra   Track Performer
Terry Callier   Vocals
Tracey Thorn   Vocals
Horace Andy   Vocals
Elizabeth Fraser   Vocals
Shara Nelson   Vocals
Nicolette   Vocals
Sinéad O'Connor   Vocals
Tricky   Vocals
Robert "3D" del Naja   Vocals
Grant Marshall   Vocals

Technical Credits

Massive Attack   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Terry Callier   Composer
Tracey Thorn   Composer
Craig Armstrong   String Arrangements
Elizabeth Fraser   Composer
Nellee Hooper   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Michael Jennings   String Arrangements
Shara Nelson   Composer
Tim Norfolk   Composer
Sinéad O'Connor   Composer
Craig Pruess   String Arrangements
Robert Locke   Composer
Neil Davidge   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Robert "3D" del Naja   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Art Direction
Andrew "Mushroom" Vowles   Composer
William E. Cobham   Composer
Nick Knight   Cover Photo,Photo Courtesy
Juergen Teller   Photo Courtesy
Three-D   Paintings
Mushroom   Composer
Nicolette Suwoton   Composer
Horace Hinds   Composer
Grantley Marshall   Composer
Eddie Monsoon   Photo Courtesy
Tom Hingston   Art Direction
Michael Nash   Photo Courtesy
Steven Goldmann   Composer
Johnny Dollar   Producer
Jonathan Sharp   Composer
Annabelle Dalby   Photo Courtesy
Olli Timmins   Photo Courtesy
Wil Malone   String Arrangements

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Collected 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Swing in and out. Enter the zone of where a strange euphoric state encapsulates you. any challenge, everyone, is known and accepted with ease. Massive Attack draws an intrest but needs no center of a universe. It just is.
koy16 More than 1 year ago
annoying
Anonymous More than 1 year ago